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Ridgewood Library | Reel Voices Film Festival 2019-2020

Spring 2020 
A year-round showcase of award-winning documentaries and filmmakers.
The 17th Annual Reel Voices Film Festival runs from Fall 2019-Summer 2020. Films will be added throughout the year. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the
Ridgewood Education Foundation. 

Info: Roberta Panjwani, Reel Voices Coordinator

(201) 670-5600, ext. 132

One Child Nation
Wednesday, March 2, 2020 at 7:00pm

Pam Neail Thomas 
China Program Director, Hand in Hand International Adoptions


One Child Nation (2019; US; R; 1h28m) 

Becoming a mother prompts filmmaker Nanfu Wang to examine China’s past, specifically the One Child Policy that was in place from 1979 to 2015 and how it had repercussions on her own family. The legislation, which prohibited households from having more than one child, was introduced as a way to halt the rapid population growth in China under the guise of making life better for all its citizens.

The film reveals the lengths that the government went to enforce the policy, from billboards plastered with only-child propaganda, to mandatory sterilization, forced abortions, threats of jail time, huge fines, and even rewards being offered to anyone who exposed a family with multiple children. As a result, hundreds of thousands of Chinese families were forced to give their children away—and worse. Brace yourself for chilling revelations in this groundbreaking and eye-opening Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary.

2020 Academy Award Nominee
2019 Sundance Grand Jury Winner 

Wednesday, April 15

Honeyland  (2019; Macedonia; NR; 1h26mm) 

Hatidze Muratova lives with her ailing mother in the mountains of Macedonia, making a living cultivating honey using ancient beekeeping traditions. When an unruly family moves in next door, what at first seems like a balm for her solitude becomes a source of tension as they, too, want to practice beekeeping, while disregarding her advice. The most awarded film out of this year's Sundance Film Festival, HONEYLAND is an epic, visually stunning portrait of the delicate balance between nature and humanity that has something sweet for everyone.

Honeyland Official Website

Frank Mortimer
Beekeeper, Storyteller, Author

Info: Roberta Panjwani, Reel Voices Coordinator

(201) 670-5600, ext. 132

Linda Ronstadt:
The Sound of My Voice

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice  (2019; US; PG-13; 1h35mm) 

With one of the most memorably stunning voices that has ever hit the airwaves, Linda Ronstadt burst onto the 1960s folk rock music scene in her early twenties. The lead singer of the Stone Poneys, Ronstadt eventually branched out to begin her decades long career as a solo artist, touring the world selling out stadiums and, at one point, setting the record as the highest paid female artist in rock. Most remarkable to this day is her interest in and willingness to jump into new and challenging styles of music, including opera, jazz, and Mexican folk, excelling fantastically with each. Ronstadt has also been an outspoken political advocate for causes such as same-sex marriage and the inhumane treatment of undocumented immigrants, never shying away from fighting for what she believes both on and off the stage.

Filled with rare photos from her childhood in Tucson and wonderful archival footage from her iconic performances, as well as moving testimonials by luminaries like Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Bonnie Raitt, Ronstadt’s own voice narrates her journey all the way to her retirement in 2011 due to Parkinson’s disease. In the deft hands of directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman and producers James Keach and Michele Farinola, we are treated to a poignant biopic about a truly one of-a-kind artist. (Writeup from Tribeca Film Festival.)

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice Official Website

No speaker; no registration

Info: Roberta Panjwani, Reel Voices Coordinator

(201) 670-5600, ext. 132

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