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Savvy Seniors: January 2017

It's January, it's cold, and most likely the streets are icy.  A good time to sit back and watch a movie from the wonderful collection at Canton Public Library.

A group of nostalgic World War II veterans revisit the shores of Normandy, recounting the events that impacted their lives.

In the mid-1930's the great politician and orator Winston Churchill was out of favor with the English people and struggling to make his voice heard. Wrestling with his personal demons, a lonely but defiant Churchill attempts to warn the world of the impending gloom surrounding Hitler's Germany.

n 1921, Jimmy Gralton's sin was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in an Ireland on the brink of Civil War. The Pearse-Connolly Hall was a place where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream; but above all to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity its socialist and free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close. A decade later, as Jimmy reintegrates into the community and sees the poverty and growing cultural oppression, the leader and activist within him is stirred. He makes the decision to reopen the hall in the face of whatever trouble it may bring.

Rango, a kooky pet chameleon, accidentally winds up in the gritty, gun-slinging town of Dirt, a lawless outpost populated by the desert's most wily and whimsical creatures. Welcomed as the last hope the town has been waiting for, new Sheriff Rango is forced to play his new role to the hilt, until he starts to become the hero he once only pretended to be.

Historian, activist, and author Howard Zinn loves his country. This does not mean he refrains from reproaching it for its crimes; such reproach is one of the spurs to it doing better one day soon. To that end, Zinn became an academic. However, as the child of poor, working-class parents, Zinn has also been a blue-collar dock worker and labor organizer, a decorated WW2 bombardier, an adviser to the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and leader of the peace movement at Boston University in the 1960s. Zinn is the rare historian who's been brave enough to participate in the making of history, and this film finds him returning to the role of anti-war activist in post 9/11 America, asserting the value of nonviolent civil disobedience, and the need for ''people's movements'' to effect social change.

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