Lights, Camera, Action: Library Documentary Nights at Gutman Library are BACK!

Join us Tuesdays this fall at Gutman Library to watch riveting documentaries, enjoy snacks, and connect with others. Each film centers on themes of ancestry, identity, and home. These events are open to all; registration isn’t required but encouraged to ensure we have enough snacks! RSVP at

Tuesday, September 12, 7pm: Three Identical Strangers
In Three Identical Strangers, three strangers are reunited by astonishing coincidence after being born identical triplets, separated at birth, and adopted by three different families.

Tuesday, October 17, 7pm: Descendant
Descendant tells the story of the descendants of survivors of The Clotilda, the last known ship to bring enslaved people from Africa to the United States. Descendants celebrate their heritage and take command of their legacy in this moving portrait of a community actively grappling with and fighting to preserve its heritage while examining what justice looks like today. The first five people to register will receive a free copy of Barracoon by Zora Neal Hurston. Barracoon is an oral history of Cudjo Lewis, the last survivor of the Atlantic slave trade.

Join us after the film for a discussion facilitated by Slade Roff, LCSW, East Falls Student Counseling Center. 

Tuesday, November 14, 7pm: Blind Ambition
Blind Ambition is an underdog story for the ages that follows an unlikely team of Zimbabweans turned sommeliers who shake up the international wine establishment when they compete in the World Wine Tasting Championships.

Tuesday, December 5, 7pm: Flee
December’s documentary film night will be run in conjunction with the LGBTQA+ Film Nights program and together we’ll watch Flee. Flee tells the extraordinary true story of a man, Amin, as he reveals his hidden past, one that threatens to derail the life he has built for himself and his soon to be husband. 

We hope to see you at one or all of our documentary film nights! RSVP here.