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One Winchester, Many Traditions

Funded by the John and Mary Murphy Foundation, One Winchester, Many Traditions is a project to welcome the town’s residents from other countries and to celebrate the varied cultural heritages of all of Winchester’s residents. In addition to maintaining a subscription to World Journal, the largest Chinese-language newspaper in the United States, we host an annual International Film Series from November through April.

2017-2018 schedule

Films are shown in the Winchester Public Library’s Meeting Room. All film screenings are free. 

11:00 AM

Learn the rich folk tradition of Russian nested dolls (matryoshka) with artist Marina Forbes.Participants will hear the story of the Matryoshka doll and will learn about her traditional Russian dress and customs. Traditional Russian painting techniques and floral and berry designs are also introduced. Russian refreshments will be available.
The workshop is open to adults, teens and families with children 6 and up and registration is required for those who wish to paint as seating is limited. Registration opens on November 1. 7-piece, 5-piece, 3-piece and one-piece sets will be available for purchase for those who wish to paint their own. Paints and brushes are provided.

January 8: MUSTANG
6:00 PM

Rated PG-13; 97 min.; Drama
Country: Turkey/France
Language: Turkish

'When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged.'

Mustang is a 2015 internationally co-produced drama film directed by Turkish-French film director Deniz Gamze Ergüven. It won the Europa Cinemas Label Award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and the 2015 Lux Prize. 

6:00 PM

NR; 90 min.; Documentary
Country: Israel
Language: English/Arabic/Hebrew

'Renowned ball-room dancer Pierre Dulaine returns to his city of birth, Jaffa, to teach Jewish and Palestinian Israelis to dance and compete together.'

Dancing in Jaffa was an offical selection for the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and winner of Best Documentary at the 2014 Denver Jewish Film Festival. 

March 5: Blind MOUNTAIN
6:00 PM

NR; 95 min.; Crime/Drama
Country: China
Language: Mandarin

'A young woman accepts a job in a remote village in modern day China only to learn that the job was a ruse and she has been sold as a bride.'

Blind Mountain won the Film Award of the Council of Europe (FACE) in 2008, which is presented at the Istanbul International Film Festival by the Council of Europe to a film that raises public awareness and interest in human rights issues and promotes a better understanding of their significance. It was also awarded the Grand Prix at the 2007 International Film Festival Bratislava.

6:00 PM

PG-13; 124 min.; Comedy/Drama
Country: United Kingdom/UAE
Language: English

'British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel which turns out to be less luxurious than advertised.'

At the 2012 Cinema Scapes Awards, the film was honoured with the Best International Film accolade for showcasing Indian filming locations. The film and its cast earned five nominations from the British Independent Film Awards