One Film is the Free Library of Philadelphia's new film education program. Operating in partnership with One Book, One Philadelphia—a project of the Office of the Mayor and the Free Library of Philadelphia—One Film is a two-week program taking place from February 21 through March 5, 2008. The mission of One Film is to inspire Philadelphians to pursue visual literacy in their own lives and to think critically about the visual media they encounter every day. By encouraging Philadelphians to watch, discuss, and study a single film, One Film aims to promote film education, library usage, and community building through dialogue and analysis.
The 2008 One Film Selection Committee has chosen Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun as the featured title for this inaugural year of the One Film program. During the One Film program period, Empire of the Sun will be shown at libraries, theaters, and schools throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding area. DVD copies of Empire of the Sun will also be available at all Free Library of Philadelphia locations. Additionally, audiences will be encouraged to draw connections between Empire of the Sun and What Is the What—the featured selection of the 2008 One Book, One Philadelphia program—as testimonials of the experiences of children in war zones.
All One Film events are included in the One Book, One Philadelphia online calendar. Click on "Events" above to peruse by date, or download a printable version of the 2008 One Film calendar, which details One Film programming exclusively.