Foreign Film Lovers Club Online: “The Official Story/La historia official” [1985]

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
7:00 pm


It’s back! Our popular “Foreign Film Series” moves online!!

You asked for it, you’ve got it! One of the Library’s most popular programs has been our “Foreign Film Series.” Now in its fourth year, the series has been featuring a variety of entertaining and thought-provoking films, four in the spring and four in the fall, from Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Since we can’t come together to watch these films in person, we’re taking the series online, but with some new twists. Ahead of each meeting of the new, bi-weekly “Foreign Film Lovers Club,” we’ll let you know the film we’ll be discussing at the next online meeting. All the films are available FREE to Morristown & Morris Township cardholders through the Library’s subscription to Kanopy, a movie streaming platform ( We’ll also set you up with links to reviews of the movies and YouTube interviews with the writers, directors, and actors, in case you want to peruse them before or after the club meets. We’ll come together, talk about what we liked – or didn’t like – about the films, and share with each other about other films, foreign or domestic, that you and we have seen. By the way: We’re all busy, so don’t worry if you’re not able to watch the film all the way through!

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, our meetups on September 16, September 30, and October 14 will all feature films from Latin America. Our film for our September 30 meetup at 7pm EST will be “The Official Story,” “La historia official.” This 1985 classic from Argentina is considered one of the most important movies to have ever come out of Latin America, and among its many awards, it won the Best Foreign Language film award at the 1986 Academy Awards. Noted for its amazing star turn by lead Norma Aleandro, one of the biggest stars in South America, the movie centers around an upper middle-class, middle-aged Buenos Aires couple whose adopted child may in fact be the daughter of a desparadecida, a “vanished one,” a victim of the forced disappearances and murders of an estimated 30,000-plus men, women, and children during Argentina’s last military dictatorship (1976-1983). (Trailer and more info:

How do you attend online? We will be using a free app called GoToMeeting. You can either dial in by phone or access the program via your computer or tablet using the GoToMeeting app.

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app at GoToMeeting also helps you download the app with easy follow-along instructions at, and it even checks to make sure your computer can support it!

Access to the program, via telephone or the app, requires an access code. Please email the program presenter at and include in your email your full name and town of residence to receive the access code. If you have any difficulty downloading the app, you can email our Reference Desk for help at

Looking forward to seeing you online!