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Films @ PPL

popcornShakespeare didn’t write to be read. His plays were meant to be performed. The speeches of Martin Luther King were beautifully written, but the experience of reading them cannot compare with the power of King’s delivery.

For more than two decades, PPL has been committed to offering the best of popular feature films, unusual indies, classics, animation, and world cinema, as well as documentaries, performances, and educational and instructional videos.


About the collection

PPL owns almost 15,000 DVDs for kids & families, teens, and adults – feature films and non-fiction covering all subject areas. Areas of concentration in the adult collection include film study, media literacy, black history and civil rights, and all things Irish.


Film Programs and Discussion Series

  • National Novel Writing Month Film Series
    This November festival of words features readings by local authors and screenings of movies about writers.
  • Family Movie Night at Peaks Island Branch
    Saturdays at 6:00pm year-round


Related Online Resources free with your library card

Filmmakers Library Online

PPL patrons have free access to this remarkable database of films, which features over 1,000 titles and 800 hours of film. Award-winning documentaries, reenactments, and interviews cover a multitude of topics representing cultures and traditions from around the world. Ideal for teachers and students, the database allows users to create their own playlists. Topics include gender studies, health and medicine, environmental concerns, criminal justice and social policy, as well as arts and literature.

Mango Premiere

Mango Premier logoLights. Camera. Language. Try this new Mango product — the first and only language and culture learning system that teaches through feature films now available from Portland Public Library.

Classical Music Online

Classical Music OnlineWatch classical music in video, the definitive online collection for the study of classical music including almost 1,000 hours of classical music, performances and master classes – approximately 1,500 performances of all forms of classical music from medieval to the 21st century.

View more free online video resources

Upcoming Events:
Holocaust Film Series: Europa, Europa
6:30pm - 8:15pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Teens, Seniors The incredible true story of a young Jew who survived World War II by pretending to be a Nazi. Based on the autobiography of Solomon Perel.
Holocaust Film Series: Phoenix
6:30pm - 8:15pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Teens, Seniors Nina Hoss stars as Nelly, a former cabaret singer who returns to Berlin in 1945, having survived Auschwitz. Her face has been damaged and reconstructed. Will her husband recognize her?
Holocaust Film Series: The Last Days
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Teens, Seniors In the final days of World War II, the Nazis put little energy into winning the war, rushing instead to complete their Final Solution. Five survivors--all Hungarian Jews--relate their experiences in this documentary.
Holocaust Film Series: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
8:15pm - 8:15pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults, Teens, Kids & Families, Seniors Poland, 1942. The son of a Nazi officer forms a friendship with a child who lives behind a wire fence.
Recent Posts:
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