Knickerbocker Theatre Winter Film Series Announced
Posted January 30, 2003
HOLLAND -- The Knickerbocker Theatre of Hope
College will present its winter film series beginning
Monday, Feb. 3, and running through Saturday, March 15.
The theatre will feature four films: "Rabbit
Proof Fence," "The Business of Fancydancing," "Secret
Ballot" and "Mostly Martha." The Knickerbocker Theatre is
located at 86 E. 8th St. in downtown Holland.
"Rabbit Proof Fence" will run Monday-Saturday,
Feb. 3-8, and Monday-Thursday, Feb. 10-13, at 7 p.m. and 9
p.m. The film is a scathing look at Australia's treatment
of its Aboriginal population in the early 20th century, and
is based on a true story. Three young girls, who have white
fathers and aboriginal mothers, are removed from their homes
and relocated to government settlements, dismal places
intended to "prepare them for their new role in white
society" as domestic help and laborers. They escape and
begin their 1,500-mile journey home following Australia's
famed "Rabbit Proof Fence." Chased by trackers and
government officials, the girls are forced to use all of
their skill, cunning, and determination to find their way
home. The film is in English, and is rated PG.
The series will feature "The Business of
Fancydancing" on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 14-15, and Monday-
Saturday, Feb. 17-22, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Written and
directed by Sherman Alexie ("Smoke Signals"), the film tells
the story of two men who were best friends and co-
valedictorians in high school, but whose lives take very
different paths when they move off of the Spokane Indian
Reservation. Seymour becomes an accomplished poet, while
Aristotle finds it difficult to adjust to the "white world,"
causing a rift to grow between the two. Sixteen years later
the suicide of a mutual friend brings Seymour back to the
reservation, where he must deal with his past and the
present. Although the film is not rated, it is not
recommended for younger audiences.
The Iranian comedy "Secret Ballot" will show
Monday-Saturday, March 3-8, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. nightly.
It is Election Day in Iran, and a soldier at a lonely
seaside post finds that it will not be the usual, uneventful
day when he is ordered to help an election official with the
balloting. To his surprise, the official he must assist is
a woman, and the realization creates a rocky beginning to
their relationship. Whether he likes it or not, the soldier
is thrown into a comedic election adventure as he and the
agent search for voters. Surprises abound, and by day's end
both the election official and the soldier find that their
views have changed. In Farsi with subtitles, the film is
The series will conclude with "Mostly Martha" on
Monday-Saturday, March 10-15, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. nightly.
The film tells of the tempestuous relationship between
Martha, a 30-something chef, and her sullen eight-year-old
niece, Lina, who are forced together by circumstance.
Martha, one of the best chefs in Germany, finds her ordered
and regimented existence shattered when Lina comes to live
with her and changes her life forever. The film tells of
cross-generational affection, good food, and possibly a
little romance. It is in German, with subtitles, and is
Tickets for all movies are $5 for regular
admission, and $4 for children and senior citizens, and may
be purchased at the door. The Knickerbocker is closed on