1916: The Irish Rebellion

Special Screening at Museum of Ventura County

1hr 20min  Documentary

On Easter Monday 1916, a small group of Irish rebels—including poets, teachers, actors and workers—took on the might of the British Empire. Although defeated militarily, the men and women of the Easter Rising would soon win a moral victory—with their actions leading to the creation of an independent Irish state and contributing to the eventual disintegration of the British empire. They have inspired countless freedom struggles throughout the world—from Ireland to India.

The Oxnard Film Society presents A Centenary Commemorative of the Irish Easter Rising

The special screening preshow will include live Irish Music by the Decker Brothers and Irish ballads from the era with Willie Quinn from Kildare while examining artifacts from the 1916 Easter Rising including a full size reproduction of the PROCLAMATION, Irish War Medals, and memorabilia from the more recent conflict in Ireland.  John McNally, who recently attended Centenary events in Ireland, will share his first hand impressions, discuss the newest thoughts on the Rising, and answer questions after the screening.

The Thursday event starts at 6pm with Irish music, exhibit, food and drink at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 East Main Street, Ventura, CA  93001.  Film starts at 7 pm.
TICKETS $10 for general admission and $7 for seniors. Purchase your tickets in advance through our BUY NOW button.


A War

 Denmark   1hr 55min  Drama  Rated R

Company commander Claus M. Pedersen (Pilou Asbæk) and his men are stationed in an Afghan province. Meanwhile back in Denmark Claus’ wife Maria (Tuva Novotny) is trying to hold everyday life together with a husband at war and three children missing their father. During a routine mission, the soldiers are caught in heavy crossfire and in order to save his men, Claus makes a decision that has grave consequences for him – and his family back home.

Like his 2012 film “A Hijacking,” Danish writer-director Tobias Lindholm’s drama “A War” explores the theme of moral compromise with an uncomfortably astringent honesty.

Academy Award Nominee Best Foreign Language Film


Michael Collins Ireland

Ireland 1hr 57min Drama/Thriller R

Neil Jordan’s historical biopic of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, the man who led a guerrilla war against the UK, helped negotiate the creation of the Irish Free State, and led the National Army during the Irish Civil War.

“Played with great magnetism and triumphant bluster by Liam Neeson, the film’s Michael Collins easily lives up to his nickname.”  Janet Maslin, New York Times

The Oxnard Film Society presents A Centenary Commemorative of the Irish Easter Rising with Special Guests.




Mountains May Depart

China  2hr 11min  Drama/Romance  NR

Mainland master Jia Zhangke scales new heights with Mountains May Depart. At once an intimate drama and a decades-spanning epic that leaps from the recent past to the present to the speculative near-future, Jia’s new film is an intensely moving study of how China’s economic boom and the culture of materialism it has spawned has affected the bonds of family, tradition, and love.

“CRITICS’ PICK”  The New York Times 

“Few filmmakers working today look as deeply at the changing world as Jia Zhangke does, or make the human stakes as vivid.” Manohla Dargis, New York Times


France 2hr 7min Drama/Comedy NR

1921, the beginning of the Golden Twenties. Not far from Paris. It is party day at Marguerite Dumont’s castle. Like every year, an array of music lovers gathers around a great cause at the owner’s place. Nobody knows much about this woman except that she is rich and that her whole life is devoted to her passion: music. Marguerite sings. She sings wholeheartedly, but she sings terribly out of tune. In ways quite similar to the Castafiore, Marguerite has been living her passion in her own bubble, and the hypocrite audience, always coming in for a good laugh, acts as if she was the diva she believes she is.

“CRITICS’ PICK”  The New York Times 

“IMPRESSIVE… Catherine Frot in a heartbreaking and hilarious performance…”  A.O.Scott, New York Times