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Watch New Release films and support your local nonprofit, the Des Moines Film Society.


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“City Hall”

Through November 20


City government touches almost every aspect of our lives. Most of us are unaware of or take for granted these necessary services, such as police, fire, sanitation, veterans affairs, elder support and parks, as well as hundreds of other activities that support residents and visitors. “City Hall,” by Frederick Wiseman, shows the efforts by Boston city government to provide these services. The film also illustrates the variety of ways the city administration enters into civil discourse with the citizens of Boston. Mayor Martin J. Walsh and his administration are presented addressing a number of their policy priorities, which include racial justice, affordable housing, climate action and homelessness.


Rental of “City Hall” comes with an exclusive conversation between Wiseman and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh.



Through November 18


This Emmy-winning documentary by Frederick Wiseman shows the daily activities of a large urban hospital with the emphasis on the emergency ward and outpatient clinics. The cases depicted illustrate how medical expertise, availability of resources, organizational considerations and the nature of communication among the staff and patients affect the delivery of appropriate health care.


Rental of “Hospital” comes with an exclusive conversation between Wiseman and Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, directors of “Jesus Camp.”


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