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SALA African Library Project Fundraiser on March 20th Featuring Two Films Shot in Africa – Los Alamos Reporters


Two films shot in Africa will be screened at the SALA Event Center (formerly Reel Deal) on Monday March 20th to raise the funds needed ($5000) to cover the cost of shipping 8 school libraries to Malawi later this month. Tickets ($10) for the films can be purchased online in advance here: Tickets can also be bought at the door.

The schedule for the evening is as follows:

4:00-4:30 Doors open. Snacks, drinks, African items available for purchase in the lobby.

4:30-6:10 movie duma will be shown. (100 minutes)

6:00-6:45 Snacks, drinks, African items available for purchase in the lobby.

6:30-8:15 movie The first year will be shown (105 minutes)

The film DUMA will be shown on Monday, March 20th at 4:30 am at SALA. For Xan, life revolves around his father, their farm in South Africa and their rescued cheetah. duma. Xan knows he must return Duma to the wild, but Xan’s life changes drastically when his father dies and he and his mother are forced to leave the farm and move to the city. Xan is bullied at school, Duma flees the apartment and suddenly the couple is on the run. Xan takes the opportunity to bring Duma back into the wild, and this is where a Herculean journey begins as a young boy navigates life and death situations. Xan befriends a backpacker, Ripkuna and the three wander the desert, facing sandstorms, crocodiles, wild boar, lions and attacking insects.

duma is an enchanting coming-of-age drama that teaches viewers the power and importance of family. Lots of action, beautiful landscapes and lots of animals! This film is rated PG for mild, adventurous dangers and can be enjoyed by all ages! A full summary can be found here:

The film THE FIRST GRADER will be screened on Monday March 20th at 6:30pm at SALA.

In a mountain village in Kenya, The first year tells the true story of 84-year-old Maruge, a Mau Mau freedom fighter who survived captivity during British colonialism and now seeks to capitalize on a nationwide declaration that education is everyone’s right by setting himself up in a classroom of first graders connects so that he can learn to read and write. Against strong opposition from parents and officials who do not want to waste a precious school place on such an old man, the headmaster supports his fight for admission. This inspirational true story filled with warmth and humor is rated PG-13 for some brutal wartime flashbacks. Please see the full summary here:

Please come for a fun evening with family, friends or alone! You’ll be glad you did – and so will the African school children who receive all these books!


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