Watch great films, selected with care.

Cinema marches on, even as cinema screens are dark. These are films we'd have been proud to bring to the big screen in Akron. By watching them here in our virtual screening room, you can still directly benefit The Nightlight.

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DACHRA (2018) - Directed by Abdelhamid Bouchnak

A young journalism student and her friends become trapped in an isolated village while trying to solve a gruesome criminal case that is over 25 years old.

"Tunisia's first horror movie marks a bold entrance into the realm of genre film. Bouchnak's debut wears its influences on its sleeves but fully embraces the darkness to bring a new cultural tale of gruesome, dread-filled horror."-Meagan Navarro, Bloody Disgusting 

Available until August 13th

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SWEET THING (2021) - Directed by Alexandre Rockwell

SWEET THING centers around the lives of two children in contemporary New Bedford, Massachusetts in particular one eventful summer spent in a beach house with their mother and her boyfriend. The story is an intense but ultimately uplifting, poetic rendering of childhood that captures the essence of that time in life when a day can last forever. The friendships, loyalties, and challenges of adolescent youth propel the story into a triumph of childhood hope and resilience.
The central character, Billie, is a 15-year-old girl who fantasizes Billie Holiday as a sort of fairy godmother. Billie has to navigate the evolving challenges of her life while she plays mother to her 11-year-old brother, Nico. They meet up with another adolescent, run away from home, and together roam the area free from their parent's watchful eye. They discover freedom and enchantment among New Bedford’s boats and railway tracks. They fantasize about a life of luxury when they break into a posh home and are able to carry the taste of affluence into their adventures. The film celebrates their ability to make poetry and a joyful life out of hardship. The children come to represent hope in our own resilience, as the film is an ode to that trying age when young people prepare to take their first step into adulthood.

Available until August 13th

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THE BOYS IN RED HATS (2021) Directed by Jonathan Schroeder, 

It was the smirk heard round the world, igniting a social and mainstream media shitstorm. But what really happened at the 2019 March for Life when MAGA-hat-wearing schoolboys from Kentucky appeared to mock a Native American elder on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial? In this feature documentary, filmmaker Jonathan Schroder investigates how the now infamous confrontation became one of the most polarizing viral moments in history while chronicling his own journey at his former high school, Covington Catholic.

Available until  August 6th

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A 9 Film Anthology by Emerging Filmmakers
130 Minutes / Israel, Nigeria, Philippines, Uganda, USA / 2021

This Anthology includes official selections of festivals such as Indie Memphis, DOC NYC, Palm Springs, BFI Flare, Cinequest, Queens World, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora, Outfest Fusion, BlackStar, Prismatic Ground, Flatpack, Queer Screen, San Diego Asian, Discover, and Raindance, among many others.

With films by: Peier Tracy Shen, Nicole Amani Magabo Kiggundu, Olive Nwosu, Samira Saraya, Faye Ruiz, Lesley Steele & Emily Packer, Alex Westfall, Nicole Otero, and Jermaine Manigault.

The collection’s title alludes to Malawian poet Jack Mapanje’s Before Chilembwe Tree (1981), in which he asks, “Who will start another fire?” By omitting the question mark and retaining his language, we propose an answer to his question.


Like Flying, Directed by Peier Tracy Shen

Family Tree, Directed by Nicole Amani Magabo Kiggundu

Troublemaker, Directed by Olive Nwosu

Polygraph, Directed by Samira Saraya

The Lights Are On, No One’s Home, Directed by Faye Ruiz

By Way of Canarsie, Directed by Lesley Steele & Emily Packer

The Rose of Manila, Directed by Alex Westfall

Slip, Directed by Nicole Otero

Not Black Enough, Directed by Jermaine Manigault

For full film synopsis' please read here

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