Free Virtual Film Discussion Series

The Brooklyn branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library is hosting free virtual film discussions throughout the summer!


The Brooklyn branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library invites you to discuss films online via Zoom throughout the summer.

Be sure to watch the film before attending the program. You can access the film using the Kanopy streaming service available for FREE with your library card. If you do not have a library card, you can visit the Cuyahoga County Public Library website HERE or call your local Cuyahoga County Library branch for assistance.

Registration and an email address are required to receive the link to participate.  A meeting link will be emailed to registered participants approximately one hour prior to the start of the program. You will need a device with audio and/or video and an internet connection to join.

If you have any questions about this program please contact Brooklyn Branch at 216-398-4600 and ask for a librarian.


Brooklyn Film Discussion Series:

The Last Black Man in San Francisco – Register Here
Tuesday, July 6th, 2021
Virtually on Zoom
6:45 pm – 7:00 pm Facilitator will be available for optional setup, and tech assistance.
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Discussion

Grab your movie candy and get ready for The Last Black Man in San Francisco, which landed on many critics lists of the best films of 2019. Our discussion of the film will be held virtually using Zoom.

“A young man searches for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind.”

Umberto D.Register Here
Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021
Virtually on Zoom
6:45 pm – 7:00 pm Facilitator will be available for optional setup, and tech assistance.
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Discussion

Grab your movie candy and get ready for Vittorio De Sica’s Italian Neorealism masterpiece, Umberto D. (1952). Our discussion of the film will be held virtually using Zoom.

“This neorealist masterpiece by Vittorio De Sica follows an elderly pensioner as he strives to make ends meet during Italy’s postwar economic recovery.  Alone except for his dog, Flike, Umberto (Carlo Battisti) struggles to maintain his dignity in a city where human kindness seems to have been swallowed up by the forces of modernization. His simple quest to satisfy his basic needs–food, shelter, companionship–makes for one of the most heartbreaking stories ever filmed, and an essential classic of world cinema.”

Ceasre Zavattini was nominated for 1957 Academy Award for Best Writing, and the Film was nominated for the Grand Prix at the 1952 Cannes Film Festival.


Keeping It ‘Reel’ Film Discussion Series:

BoyRegister Here
Tuesday, June 29th, 2021
Virtually on Zoom
6:45 pm – 7:00 pm Facilitator will be available for optional setup, and tech assistance.
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Discussion

Pop some popcorn and join us for a discussion on the film BOY (2010). “Acclaimed director Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) presents a creative coming-of-age comedy set in 1984, following an eleven-year-old Michael Jackson fanatic nicknamed “Boy” (James Rolleston). With his mother dead and father AWOL, Boy becomes the head of a household full of kids when his Nana leaves town for a funeral. Out of nowhere, Boy’s Dad (Waititi) rolls up in a vintage car with his “gang”, and turns Boy’s life upside down. There are treasure hunts, fistfights, and falling-outs, as Boy grapples to learn why his Dad left the family so long ago.”

Winner of Best Feature Film at the Berlin International Film Festival and nominated for the Grand Jury Prize: World Cinema – Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival.

Swiss Army Man Register Here
Tuesday, July 27th, 2021
Virtually on Zoom
6:45 pm – 7:00 pm Facilitator will be available for optional setup, and tech assistance.
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Discussion

Pop some popcorn and join us for a discussion on the film SWISS ARMY MAN (2016). “Hank (Paul Dano) is stranded on a deserted island and given up all hope. Everything changes when a corpse named Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) washes ashore. The two become fast friends, and go on an epic adventure to bring Hank back to the woman of his dreams.”

Nominated for Best First Feature and Best Editing at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Winner of a Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

The Fits Register Here
Tuesday, August 31st, 2021
Virtually on Zoom
6:45 pm – 7:00 pm Facilitator will be available for optional setup, and tech assistance.
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Discussion

Pop some popcorn and join us for a discussion on the film THE FITS (2015). “While training at the gym, 11-year-old tomboy Toni becomes entranced with a dance troupe. As she struggles to fit in she finds herself caught up in danger as the group begins to suffer from fainting spells and other violent seizures.”

Nominated for the Best of Next! Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Nominated for the Golden Gate Award for Best New Director at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Winner of the Someone to Watch Award and nominated for Best First Feature at the Film Independent Spirit Awards.