One City, One Book
Malden Reads is hosting a series of free movie screenings, featuring films that highlight themes
from the community read’s 2013 selection
“The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian”
by Sherman Alexie.
We welcome anyone to these screenings and invite you to join in a discussion after the film.
“American Splendor”is a quirky and darkly comic film, mix of fact and fiction, that illuminates the life and work of comic book writer Harvey Pekar.
Although Alexie’s book is not in full graphic novel form, his character, Junior, documents his life’s trials and triumphs in the style of a comic book memoirist.
As the Washington Post noted, Pekar “helped change the appreciation for, and perceptions of, the graphic novel, the drawn memoir, the autobiographical comic narrative," paving the way for books like Alexie’s.
The film stars Paul Giacometti as Pekar with cameos from the real-life Pekar and his wife, Joyce Brabner.
The film series started with "American Splendor"
on Wednesday, February 13,
at 6:00 p.m. at Malden Public Library
We Still Live Here: As Nutayunean
on Tuesday, April 2, 6:30 p.m.,
in the Jenkins Auditorium at Malden High School
An award-winning PBS documentary by Anne Makepeace, this film shows how a Cape Cod Wampanoag woman recreated her people’s long-forgotten spoken language, the first time a language with no living native speakers has been re-vived in this country.
Up Heartbreak Hill
on Friday, May 10, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
at Malden Teen Enrichment Center
A Point of View (POV) documentary that chronicles the lives of high school seniors living on the Navajo Nation and struggling to shape their identities as both American Indians and as modern Americans. This event is in collaboration with the award-winning documentary series POV (www.pbs.org/pov).
The Only Good Indian
on Wednesday, March 6, 6:00 p.m.
at Malden Public Library
(this film will also be screened at the Malden Teen Enrichment Center; date & time TBD)
Winner of numerous film festivals, this film is set in the early 1900’s when Indian children were forced to attend a distant Indian “training school.”
A dramatic and beautifully filmed anti-western about an American Indian teen who escapes from a White-run “training school.” As he is pursued by a Native American bounty hunter they come onto the radar of an infamous “Indian-killer.”
This film screening is co-sponsored by Malden Reads and the Friends of the Malden Public Library. More info...
on Friday, March 22, 8:00 p.m.
at Malden Access TV (145 Pleasant St.)
Author Sherman Alexie wrote the funny and touching screenplay for this inde-pendent film, which is the story of two dramatically different Coeur d’Alene Indian boys forced to go together on a journey of self-discovery. Rolling Stone called it “One of the best films of the year!”
on Sunday, March 17, 2 p.m.
at Malden YMCA (Mountain Ave. entrance)
A clear-eyed but inspirational look at the difficulties of modern tribal life on an Indian reservation told through the relationship of two brothers, one a tribal police officer and the other an alcoholic Vietnam vet. More info...
on Friday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.
at Mystic Valley Salvation Army (213 Main St.)
on Friday, April 12, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
in the cafeteria & auditorium at Ferryway School