The New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm St., has a fascinating lineup of screenings of films from all over the world all month of August.
Aug. 7 and 8 are the dates of the “Soviet Film Sampler. On Aug. 7 at 5:30 p.m., the library will show Grigori Kozintsev and Iosof Shapiro’s 1964 adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” based on a translation by Boris Pasternak and with an original score by Dimitri Shostakovich. On Aug. 8 at 1 p.m., Sergei Eisenstein’s legendary silent “Battleship Potemkin,” from 1928, will be followed by Andrei Tarkovsky’s “The Mirror,” from 1975.
On Aug. 14 at 5:30 p.m., two documentaries by Peruvian filmmaker Felipe Degregori, “The Peruvian Amazon: A World Like No Other,” and “Translatina,” a film about transwomen in Latin America, will be shown.
On Aug. 19 at 5 p.m., the program is called “Unemployment, Weimar and Art,” of two films focusing on Germany between World War I and the Nazi era. “The Solidarity Song: The Hanns Eisler Story,” a 1996 documentary about Bertolt Brecht’s musical collaborator, will be followed by “Kuhle Wampe (Who Owns the World),” a 1932 drama, written by Brecht and scored by Eisler, about unemployment and left-wing politics.
On Aug. 26, a two-film series on “Immigration and Literacy” will begin at 5:30 p.m. with “Maestra,” a documentary about a 1961 Cuban literacy program, is followed by “Harvest of Empire,” a documentary about how U.S. foreign policy has increased the number of immigrants to this country.
On Aug. 28 and 29, four Syrian films will be shown. On Aug. 28 at 5 p.m., “The Extras,” a comedy about a young unchaperoned couple, will be followed by “Tea on the Axis of Evil,” a documentary about the lives of typical Syrians. On Aug. 29 at 1 p.m., “The Nights of the Jackal,” a comic drama about a Syrian village, is followed by “Woman,” a documentary about feminist Bouthaina Shaaban.
Admission is free to all events, which will be followed by discussions.