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December 19, 2022

WIFF Presents: New Year, New Films

Join us as we settle into 2023 and back into the seats of the Capitol Theatre! We have four great films to show you…

Join us as we settle into 2023 and back into the seats of the Capitol Theatre! We have four great films to show you next month, including three brand-new titles and one insightful documentary from WIFF 2022 programming. Mark your calendars for January 11-13, 2023.

Buy your tickets today, and we’ll see you at the movies!

CALL JANE

It’s 1968 in the city of Chicago. The city and the nation are poised on the brink of violent political upheaval, and suburban housewife Joy leads an ordinary life with her husband and daughter. When Joy’s pregnancy leads to a life-threatening condition, she must navigate a medical establishment that is unwilling to help. Her journey to find a solution to an impossible situation leads her to the “Janes,” a clandestine organization of women who provide Joy with a safer alternative—and in the process, change her life.

Carol screenwriter Phyllis Nagy takes the reins as director and executes a riveting narrative, partially based on true events surrounding the Jane Collective, who provided thousands of abortions during a four-year period through their covert and precise mobilization. Call Jane poses urgent questions about systemic barriers, the ever-shifting nature of politics and the struggle for women to maintain control of their bodies.

Showtimes

  • Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 3:35 PM and 7:55 PM
  • Thursday, Jan. 12 at 3:35 PM
  • Friday, Jan. 13 at 6 PM

THE INSPECTION

In director Elegance Bratton’s inspirational and deeply moving retelling of his own story, a young, gay Black man, rejected by his mother and with few options for his future, decides to join the Marines, doing whatever it takes to succeed in a system that would cast him aside. As he battles deep-seated prejudice and the gruelling routines of basic training, he finds unexpected camaraderie, strength and support in this new community, giving him a hard-earned sense of belonging that will shape his identity and forever change his life.

Showtimes

  • Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 1:40 PM
  • Thursday, Jan. 12 at 6 PM
  • Friday, Jan. 13 at 8:20 PM

THE VANISHED PRESIDENT

In 1920, against all odds, Paul Deschanel, an idealist unknown to the general public, is elected President of the French Republic. His first steps in power are impressive. He makes a series of audacious proposals: abolition of the death penalty, the right to vote for women, and universal suffrage! But the cynicism of the political world, the game of institutions and the violence of media campaigns catch up with him and soon derail him. One evening, he falls off a train and vanishes… The whole world wonders: what happened to the French President?

Showtimes

  • Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 6 PM
  • Thursday, Jan. 12 at 1:40 PM
  • Friday, Jan. 13 at 4 PM

A DECENT HOME

Candi Evans leans over the balcony of her home in Golfview Mobile Home Park, North Liberty, Iowa. The park was bought in 2019 by Havenpark Capital, a Utah private equity firm, which promptly informed residents that lot rents would be increased by as much as 63 percent. Ever since, Evans has been mobilizing residents in mobile home parks across Iowa, fighting for rent control protections for vulnerable park. Like many states, Iowa has virtually no protection for mobile home parks residents — who own their homes, but pay rent for the land they live on. At the same time, Havenpark has continued to buy up mobile home parks across Iowa and much of the Midwest.

As the pandemic exposes even greater social and economic inequities in the United States, A Decent Home is the first documentary to focus on mobile home parks and the injustices faced by park residents.

A Decent Home addresses urgent issues of class and economic (im)mobility through the lives of mobile home park residents who can’t afford housing anywhere else. They are fighting for their dreams—and their lives—as private equity firms and wealthy investors buy up parks, making sky-high returns on their investments while squeezing every last penny out of the mobile homeowners who must pay rent for the land they live on.

A Decent Home focuses on the residents of Denver Meadows in Colorado, who are trying to save their low-income park from being shut down by an owner who wants to rezone the land and sell it for millions. The film examines urgent issues of inequity and affordable housing through the stories of the residents of Denver Meadows.

Showtimes

  • Thursday, Jan. 12 at 7:55 PM
  • Friday, Jan. 13 at 2 PM

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