Through the Lens

This spring, Through the Lens returns to its traditional programming by featuring three contemporary documentaries that are evocative and stunning tales of the human condition. We’re cinematically traveling the world so buckle your seatbelt and return all trays to their upright positions!


The journey starts by exploring the shifting sands of a Chinese tradition that historically liberated women that’s undergone a contemporary patriarchal transformation and the two women fighting to reclaim it. From there, we dive into the modern American classroom to investigate the movement to improve literacy rates among our youngest readers for National Reading Month in March. Closing out the series is a meditative look at the interconnectedness of all living things through two brothers saving themselves and the birds of prey around them as they stand on the precipice of an air quality crisis in India for Earth Month. Join us for these deeply personal tales and reserve your tickets now!


Through the Lens is the flagship film program of Utah Film Center. Since launching in 2011, in partnership with KUER 90.1’s RadioWest, the series has presented film screenings and in-depth post-film discussions featuring fascinating documentaries, spectacular narratives, and special film events.


Through The Lens screenings are presented in partnership with:

KUER 90.1RadioWest

Through The Lens screenings are funded in part by:


Upcoming Events

Through the Lens

Wednesday, February 8 @ 7:00 PM


In Person | The City Library

The story of two Chinese women trying to balance their lives as independent women in modern China while confronting the traditional identity that defines but …

Through the Lens

Wednesday, March 15 @ 7:00 PM


In Person | Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center

The Right to Read follows Oakland NAACP activist, Kareem Weaver, who believes literacy is our most important civil right. With a focus on Black and …

Through the Lens

Wednesday, April 5 @ 7:00 PM


In Person | The City Library

In one of the world’s most populated cities, cows, rats, monkeys, frogs, and hogs jostle cheek-by-jowl with people. Here, two brothers fall in love with …

Films that have screened as part of Through the Lens include: