Press Release

For Immediate Release: September 5, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites residents and visitors to the 2018 Union County World War I Film Festival at the Linden Public Library from September 7 to November 2. Admission is free of charge.

“Remembering our past is the best way to ensure that we make progress in the future,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “Many motion pictures have been produced about what was, until then, the bloodiest conflict in human history. The World War I Film Festival provides an excellent educational opportunity for residents and visitors to be reminded of the historical facts and see them through different perspectives.”

The Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs has partnered with the Linden Library to present nine films, with WWI as a central theme, as seen from the French, British, American and German sides of the conflict. Each movie will be shown free of charge on Friday afternoons starting at 1:00 at the Linden Public Library in the Columbia Bank Room.

The film festival is part of the “WWI Centennial Events” series, running since April 2017 through the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs. The series commemorates the Centennial of the United States’ entry into World War I through lectures, presentations and events.

November 11 marks the centennial of the armistice signed that ended what came to be known as The Great War.

The World War I Film Festival is funded in part by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of Cultural Affairs in the Department of State.

The screening schedule is as follows:

  • September 7  The African Queen  (1951; 105 mins)
  • September 14  Oh What a Lovely War   (1969; 144 mins)
  • September 21 All Quiet on the Western Front (1930; 136 mins)
  • September 28 In Love and War  (1996; 113 mins)
  • October 5  Joyeux Noel  (2005; 116 mins)
  • October 12  Gallipoli  (1981; 110 mins)
  • October 19   Sergeant York  (1941; 134 mins)
  • October 26   War Horse (2011; 146 mins)
  • November 2   Wings  (1927; 144 mins)                                              

For more information on this and other programs from the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs visit www.ucnj.org/cultural or call 908-558-2550

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