If you were at the Magic Lantern Theater on Monday, you likely were there to watch the documentary film "Bending the Arc." A study of doctors working in Haiti to provide healthcare to the poor, the film is the first in a series titled "Monday Movies" that the Lantern will be screening through Nov. 27.
The series is a partnership between the theater, The Alliance for Media Arts + Culture and the newspaper The Black Lens. Its intent is to show movies that, according to Wendy Levy, executive director of The Alliance for Media Arts + Culture, "are all about transformative experiences we have as human beings, and the larger issues we must address together, as families and communities."
The first eight films in the series are, in the words of a press release, films "focused on dramatic personal stories about people, issues and experiences in the public health care system."
The series will continue Monday, Oct. 9. The schedule will be as follows:
Oct. 9, "Unrest": A Harvard graduate student faces the trial of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Oct. 16, "Motherland": Expectant mothers teams with care-givers in the Philippines' busiest maternity hospital.
Oct. 23, "Swim Team": Autistic children compete on a New Jersey swim team.
Oct. 30, "The Waiting Room": Four patients experience a day in the life of an emergency room in an inner-city hospital.
Nov. 13, "The Genius of Marian": Filmmaker Banker White documents the struggles of his mother, suffering from Alzheimer's, as she tries to preserve the work of her artist mother — who also had Alzheimer's.
Nov. 20, "Private Violence": Two women who survived murder attempts help document the realities of intimate partner violence.
Nov. 27, "The Revolutionary Optimists": Healthcare activists in Kolkata work to get the Indian government to provide running water to their clinic.
Tickets to each screening run $8.