One Film, the Free Library of Philadelphia’s film education program, operates in partnership with One Book, One Philadelphia and takes place from February 17 through March 17, 2010. One Film’s mission is to challenge Philadelphians to pursue media literacy in their own lives and to think critically about the visual media they consume every day. Through a variety of engaging programs and presentations encouraging Philadelphians to explore the variety of themes within a single film, One Film promotes film literacy, library usage, and community building through shared dialogue and analysis.

The 2010 One Film program period showcases Ari Folman’s animated film Waltz with Bashir (2008), which will be shown at libraries, theaters, and cultural institutions throughout Philadelphia. Additionally, DVD copies of Waltz with Bashir will be available at all Free Library locations. Audiences are encouraged to draw connections between Waltz with Bashir and The Complete Persepolis—the featured selection of the 2010 One Book, One Philadelphia program—as examples of the ways in which animation and graphic art can be used as a powerful medium for the exploration of personal memory.

The Free Library of Philadelphia thanks our media sponsors, MiND Media Indpendence (MiND TV) and Philadelphia Weekly, and our cultural sponsor, the Greater Philadelphia Film Office. We also appreciate the support of our many individual donors and more than 80 community partners. This program is possible only because of their support and dedication.

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