Repertory

A weekly roundup of what else is screening around town.

By Matt Prigge
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Scribe Video Center

$8-$10. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.222.4201. www.scribe.org

Colonial Misunderstanding (2004) (Shown on DVD): Cameroon-based director Jean-Marie Teno will personally present his 2004 doc, which takes a critical and droll look at the harm done to Africa by missionaries, who tried to enforce their beliefs on people by convincing them they were the only way to survival. That sure doesn't sound familiar, does it? (Not reviewed.) Thurs., Feb. 14, 7pm.




Secret Cinema

$5-$8.50. Hiway Theatre, 212 Old York Rd. 215.886.9800. www.thesecretcinema.com

Bon Voyage: Vintage Travel Films (Shown on film): In honor of the Hiway Theatre's week-long festival Road Trips and Amazing Journeys, Secret Cinema does that rare thing and repeats a program, namely one from 2005. (A new program under the same banner is being planned for later this year.) Largely culled from the first half of the 20th century, Secret Cinema's latest outing shows off the history of the travelogue, yielding much in the way of barely concealed xenophobia. Along with semi-innocuous offerings like Yellowstone-fixated The Story of Our National Parks from the '20s, expect shorts like Native Africa and the very "other" sounding Hong Kong: Gateway to the Orient, as well as An Egyptian Adventure made by future "March of Time" inventor Louis de Rochemont. Fri., Feb. 15, 10pm.




Trocadero

$3. 1003 Arch St. 215.922.LIVE. www.thetroc.com

Hitman (2007) (Shown on DVD): There've gotta be better reasons to shave your head, Timothy Olyphant. (Not reviewed.) Mon., Feb. 18, 7:30pm.




Villanova University

$3-$5. Connelly Center Cinema, 800 Lancaster Ave., Villanova. 610.519.4750. www.villanova.edu

Metropolis (2001) (Shown on film): Bold enough to take a name from the Fritz Lang silent classic, this anime from mono-named Rintaro plunges us into another futuristic cityscape, this one depicting a rift between humans and robots. (Not reviewed.) Sat., Feb. 16, and Mon., Feb. 18, 7pm; and Sun., Feb. 17, 3:30pm and 7pm.




Wooden Shoe Books

Free. 508 S. Fifth St. 215.413.0999. www.woodenshoebooks.com

Deacons for Defense (2002) (Shown on DVD): Forest Whitaker and Ossie Davis headline this Showtime docudrama about a group of African-Americans in the summer of 1964 who formed the titular organization, a group designed to take up arms against the Man. Whitaker plays the founder Davis, a preacher who tries to instill nonviolence in their brains. Bill Duke directed. (Not reviewed.) Sat., Feb. 16, 7:30pm.

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