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If you love photography, whether it’s your own and perhaps those Appalachian photographs by Doris Ulmann, then you may want to take off an hour or two and watch the next movie at the Murphy Library.

On Thursday, May 23 at 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing Found Memories, a Film Movement selection from Brazil.  A young woman photographer discovers an old village in Brazil and records the beauty she finds in the people like elderly Madalena, in the stone buildings, and in life itself.  She also learns to make bread.  Portuguese with subtitles in English.  98 minutes.  Not rated. 

The small village of Jotuomba is mostly elderly — the young have left to find work.  But Antonio is still working at his bar and his friend Madalena gets up early and makes bread for the bar.

The film shows Madalena bringing the bread to the bar and arguing with Antonio about where to store it.

Then, a few scenes later, again Madalena brings bread to the bar and argues with Antonio about where to store it.  At first you think something has gone wrong with the DVD player, but no.  That is just how every day occurs in Jotuomba.

Then the young woman Rita arrives and with her camera she sees things differently.  In fact, she sees the art in everyone – even in those who lie peacefully in the old cemetery.


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