Connections: The OLLI Documentary Film Series

Connections: The OLLI Documentary Film Series

Tuesday: 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Moderator: Julie Cotton

Fees per film $12 Gold Member; $15 Silver Member and General Admission.

Paid admission only. (No guest seating permitted)

CONNECTIONS is an opportunity for OLLI students and others to connect to many of today’s pressing global issues via the penetrating perspectives of contemporary documentary films. As the series name implies, the themes for the films will showcase the CONNECTIONS humans have with one another, with our environment, and with other species that share our planet. After viewing the film, participants can engage in thoughtful discussions and forge deeper learning and social connections with one another.

CONNECTIONS: OLLI Documentary Film Series Winter 2020

Tuesday, April 14: Midnight Traveler (2019)
90 Minutes
2:30-4:30 p.m.

Midnight Traveler movie posterWhen the Taliban puts a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili’s head, he is forced to flee the country with his wife and two young daughters. Capturing the family’s uncertain journey via cell phones, Fazili documents their harrowing three-year trek across five Eastern European countries, revealing the danger and uncertainty facing refugees seeking asylum. Despite its dark moments, due to the unbreakable love shared among his family as they’re on the run, “Midnight Traveler,” is incredibly hopeful and genuinely inspiring.(2019) 90 minutes


Julie Cotton, a member of our Advisory Council’s Strategic Program Committee, is the coordinator and host of this series. Julie has a doctorate in Human Development and is a former organizational development consultant and executive coach. She is an aficionado of documentary films and a skilled facilitator of group conversations.

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