The Rehoboth Beach Film Society will present its popular What Makes Us Tick? film program during the weekend of April 8-10, 2016. This analytical series will explore the theme of Secrets and Lies through films and post-screening discussions. All screenings will be held at the Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2, Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes (behind Wawa).
Three films will reveal the oftentimes devastating effect that keeping secrets and telling lies has on individuals, families and communities. Issues such as redemption, forgiveness, and hope will be discussed. Each film will feature an introduction by licensed family therapist Joan Procaccio
The series kicks off on Friday, April 8 at 7:00 PM with the British film, ORANGES AND SUNSHINE. In this heart-wrenching fact-based drama, social worker Margaret Humphreys (Emily Watson) uncovers the horrific scandal of forced child migration from the UK. Between the 1940s and ’50s, and as recently as 1967, nearly 130,000 British children, some orphaned and some forcibly removed from their homes, were packed into ships and sent to Australia. Told their parents were dead, the youngsters were promised a paradise where they could pick oranges off of trees. However, instead of oranges and sunshine, the children were forced into hard labor and sometimes abused. It’s only through Margaret’s determined efforts that the scandal was fully realized and the grown victims were able to reunite with their families. British Film Critic, Jeremy McCartney of the “Telegraph.co.uk” said director “Jim Loach excels with direction that is compassionate and understated: honoring the victims without smothering them in sentimentality. Thus, one becomes quietly aware of the enormity of the wrong that was done to the children: they were so desperately young, and so entirely alone.”[2010, UK, Runtime: 105 minutes, Rated R]. A post-film discussion will be led by Perrin Smith. Ms. Smith is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in working with children and their families.