Standing Silent Nation is Suree Towfighnia's documentary about a Lakota family whose hemp crop is destroyed every year by federal agents - despite the family's claims that such action violates their South Dakota reservation's sovereignty. The film will be shown at 8 tonight at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. Representatives from the Baltimore American Indian Center, as well as the film's producer, Courtney Hermann, will be on hand to discuss the film and the issues it raises. Tickets are $8, $6 for alliance members. Information: creativealliance.org or 410-276-1651.
One Arab, one Israeli
French director Elie Chouraqui's O Jerusalem, a story of two friends, an Israeli and a Palestinian, set during the 1948 founding of Israel, is this weekend's scheduled Cinema Sundays offering. The film stars JJ Feild and Said Taghmaoui as friends Bobby Goldman and Said Chahine; others in the cast include Ian Holm, Tovah Feldshuh (as Golda Meir) and Tom Conti. Showtime is 10:35 a.m. Sunday at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., preceded by 50 minutes of no-additional-charge coffee and bagels. Tickets are $15. Information: 410-727-3456 or thecharles.com.
El Topo, Mexican director Alejandro Jodorowsky's bizarre tale of a vengeance-seeking gunman who becomes a savior to a group of deformed cave dwellers, is this weekend's penultimate film in the Charles' salute to fantastic (as in outlandish) cinema. Showtime is noon tomorrow, with an encore screening set for 7 p.m. Monday (there is no Thursday encore next week). Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 Monday. Information: 410-727-3456 or thecharles.com.
A free program of short films from local filmmakers, both established (Skizz Cyzyk, Eric Dyer, John Standiford, Karen Yasinsky) and up-and-coming (students from the Maryland Institute College of Art), is set for 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. Information: prattlibrary.org/calendar or 410-396-5430.
French director Julien Duvivier's 1936 Pepe le Moko, starring Jean Gabin as a Parisian gangster hiding out in the Casbah, will be the subject of this weekend's Filmtalk at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. Showtime is 10 a.m. tomorrow, with lively discussion sure to follow. Admission is free. Information: 410-396-5430 or prattlibrary.org/calendar.
A last hurrah?
Go Tigers!, a 2001 documentary following a football season at Ohio's Massillon High School that, because of threatened budget cuts, could be the school's last, will be shown at 6 p.m. Monday at the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Southeast Anchor branch, 3601 Eastern Ave. Admission is free. Information: 410-396-1580 or prattlibrary.org/calendar.
Towson University's Music/Musicians/Musicals film series, sponsored by the school's Department of Electronic Media and Film, continues Monday with Norman Jewison's Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), a screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's rock opera about Jesus' final days. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. in the school's Van Bokkelen Hall auditorium. Admission is free. Information: 410-704-3755 or towson.edu/emf.