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Rich taste of culture

June 14, 2013


June 14--Free movies are always a good value, and Tacoma has a number of venues that show them. The Grand Cinema's Click Family Flick offers kids' movies every third Saturday morning. The Washington State History Museum sometimes offers free documentaries on third Thursdays. The University of Puget Sound show free films, but not during summer.

Now you can add the Asia Pacific Cultural Center to the list, with free monthly movies from all parts of Asia and the South Pacific.

Next week the movie is "Rabbit Proof Fence," the 2002 Australian film directed by Phillip Noyce about three young aboriginal girls taken from their families in 1931 by the Christian-based government policy of "saving them from their culture." They escape from their captors by going north along the endlessly stretching fence that protects farmland from rabbits (an introduced pest in Australia).

As they try to make it back home, the young girls cope with thirst, hunger, heat and pursuing authorities. The film's not just a unique look at the dry Western Australian landscape and its inhabitants; it's also a condemnation of a government policy whose effects are still felt by today's aboriginal population.

Upcoming movies in the series include the Japanese foodie classic "Tampopo" (July 18), "Wonderful Town" from Thailand about a post-tsunami love affair (Aug. 15) and the controversial "Water" which looks at India's poverty-stricken widows in Varanasi. Movies continue through the year on third Thursday nights.

The free movie is at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center auditorium, 4851 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma. Call 253-383-3900 or go to

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568


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