2020 Movies at MacArthur Schedule

Tuesday, January 21, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - Brats: Our Journey Home

U.S. military BRATS share intimate memories about their unique childhoods - growing up on military bases around the world, then struggling to fit into an American lifestyle with which they have little in common. Narrated and featuring songs by Kris Kristofferson. Interviews include the late General Norman Schwarzkopf and military brat author Mary Edwards Wertsch.


Tuesday, February 18 , 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - The Draft

Since the first shots fired in the American Revolution, the United States has been a nation at war. Only 21 calendar years have elapsed in which the United States did not wage any wars, making armed conflict the trend that has shaped the nation's ideas, institutions and people. Throughout history, when the president waged war, and needed a big army, he turned to the draft. But the draft has always stirred controversy, exposing fault lines of race, class and culture, in society. Tracking this turbulent history up to the present, The Draft explores the unintended consequences — for soldiers and citizens — of eliminating mandatory service.  


Tuesday, July 21 , 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - Art in the Face of War

Eight World War II artists/veterans recount their service experience and their use of art for journalism, as a tactical tool and to preserve their own sanity.  Having served in all theaters of operation and in all branches of the U.S. military, including the once-secret Army division known as The Deception Corps, their powerful imagery (some done on the spot, some done years later from haunting memories) will enlighten, challenge, even amuse, showing that war is hell but that creativity can exist in the face of destruction.


Tuesday, August 18 , 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - War Journal: The Incredible World War II Escape of Major Damon “Rocky” Gause

The true story of one of the most incredible escapes in all of World War II. Two Americans, Damon Gause and William Lloyd Osborne, both escapees of Bataan, sailed from the Philippines to Australia and freedom. It took them 52 days and 3,200 miles to reach freedom. During the trip the Americans faced typhoons, constant threats from Japanese ships, submarines and airplanes, lack of water and food and even a visit to the world’s largest leper colony.   Both men kept a journal during their travels and also had a small camera on board given to them on one of the islands they visited. Their daily thoughts and emotions guide us during their long and treacherous journey, as well as some incredible photographs that the men took on their trip.


Tuesday, September 15 , 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - Thirteen Hours That Saved Britain

The odds seemed insurmountable. In the heat of World War II, Germany was operating at the peak of its powers and seizing control of huge portions of the European landscape. But on September 15, 1940, the German army came face to face with a foe they had clearly underestimated. It was a bloody battle fought entirely in the skies over Britain, and it led to Hitler's first major defeat. Using archived footage and cinematic recreations, as well as interviews with dozens of eyewitness and pilots who fought on the frontline,"13 Hours that Saved Britain" recounts this.


Tuesday, October 20 , 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - D Day 360

D-Day was a logistical effort on a scale never seen before or since. On the day itself, 3,000 planes dropped 23,000 airborne troops behind German lines.  This film takes advantage of LiDAR technology to re-create the landscape and allow viewers to switch effortlessly between the macro and the micro, pulling back for the big picture and zooming in to a close-up of a single soldier on the battlefield.


Tuesday, November 17 , 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - The American St. Nick

World War II exacted a heavy toll on the people of Wiltz, Luxembourg. Occupied by German forces for four years, the town was subject to the whims of Nazi leadership: streets were renamed, the native language was banned, religious freedoms were curtailed, and Saint Nicolas Day was outlawed. This documentary chronicles a day at the height of the war when the battle-weary 28th Infantry Division of the American Army returned hope and joy to the children and people of this war-torn town. On Dec. 5, 1944, American soldiers, put their guns down for one day and organized a party celebrating the town's centuries-old Saint Nick tradition, creating a tradition that continues to this day.