LLI is pleased to repeat this popular summer series - join us at 10:00 am on the first and third Wednesday of each month, May through August, to view a wide range of interesting documentaries in a comfortable meeting room (O117). Meeting room O117 is located between the cafeteria and auditorium in building O. We'll have coffee and breakfast pastries available for you to sip and munch while watching! And when the documentary ends we'll discuss questions and issues raised as a result - a great way to spend a summer morning! View your options below and register by either purchasing online or calling the LLI office at 941-637-3533.
NOTE: August is the last month for this series.
Now make your choices and learn — just for the fun of it!
2018 SUMMER DOCUMENTARY SERIES
Wednesday, May 2, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm "Inconvenient Border"
China and North Korea share a border split by the rivers Yalu and Tumen. The relationship between China and North Korea has always been a complicated one, more so since Kim Jong-UN’s rise to power in 2012. Features Bob Woodruff, 2017.
May 16, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm “Victor Lundy: Sculptor of Space” This film captures the recollections of the modern American master architect and artist who designed GSA's historic U.S. Tax Court Building in Washington D.C. and is a member of the famed Sarasota School of Architects. 2014
This feature-length docudrama uses computer generated graphics and dramatic reenactments drawn from the narratives of preserved journal entries to chronicle the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa - one of, if not the most important eruption in scientific history. 2005
June 20, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm “Mystery of the Cocaine Mummies”
Equinox brings us this investigation of a mystery that is baffling Egyptologists. The case calls into question whole areas of accepted scientific fact from botany, through chemistry to archaeology. In 1992, routine tests on a mummy in a Munich museum revealed high body levels of cocaine and nicotine. Are the mummies fakes; were the substances from plants that have since disappeared or were there, in fact, trade routes between Egypt and South America that predate accepted chronology? 2017
July 11, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm “Journey to the Edge of the Universe”
National Geographic presents the first accurate non-stop voyage from Earth to the edge of the Universe using a single, unbroken shot through the use of spectacular CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) technology. Building on images taken from the Hubble telescope, Journey to the Edge of the Universe explores the science and history behind the distant celestial bodies in the solar system. 2008
July 25, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm "Return to Tarawa" A World War II veteran returns to the site of a battle in which he took part sixty five years earlier. He learns many disturbing things about that site. The remains of several hundred Americans still lie neglected and forgotten on that island. Also, there is live ammunition scattered everywhere on the densely populated island. Finally, huge piles of garbage lie on Red Beach, hallowed ground, where hundreds of Americans were killed and wounded by Japanese gunfire. 2009
August 1, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm "Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty"
Whether you're a Game of Thrones fan or just an ancient history buff, you're sure to be enthralled by Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty. The film takes place during the years 1154 - 1189. Henry II, the founder of the dynasty who was first crowned king at the age of 20, was obsessed with claiming and exerting unprecedented control over the country's governance, including the ever powerful English Church. These efforts culminated in the murder of his most trusted friend - Archbishop Thomas Becket - as well as a treacherous betrayal by his own wife and children. 2014
August 15, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm "Devil's Playground"
When Amish youths turn sixteen, they are given the opportunity to embark on a coming-of-age ritual known as rumspringa (literally "running around"). During this period, they are allowed to indulge in smoking, drinking, drugs and other 21st-century pleasures. It ends whenever the individual feels ready (typically between the ages of 18 to 22) to make the decision that will determine the rest of their lives. Do they join the church and commit to being Amish, or do they turn their backs on their families and religion and live on their own in modern "English" society? Directed by two-time Oscar nominee Lucy Walker. 2016
August 5, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm "Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty", Henry III
Part Two of the series details another close relationship gone sour. Henry III, the fourth Plantagenet King, and fanatical French knight, Simon de Montford, were once inseparable and view their friendship as an essential component to achieving individual success. Jealousy and power plays led to the disintegration of their trust and ultimately spawned a costly civil war. 2014
August 19, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm "Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty", Richard II
The final chapter in the Plantagenet story is a portrait of one of Britain’s most notorious and savage rulers, Richard II, who first ascended to the throne at the age of 10. Once again, a theme of revenge took center stage throughout Richard’s rule, and eventually served as the prelude to his imprisonment and death. 2014