Documentary Series Debuts Oct. 16

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College will unveil its new Cinema Ciccone film series featuring five award-winning documentaries Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 12:30 p.m. with “Love Wins” in the Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre (400 Paramus Road). The series will continue through April 2019 with documentaries on topics ranging from the Holocaust to jazz.

The first film, “Love Wins” produced by RJK Media, chronicles the story of two women who married in New Jersey after 45 years together. Admission is free. Following the screening, audience members will have the opportunity to meet the film’s director Robin Kampf, and the married couple, Jan and Em. The College’s Bergen PRIDE: The LGBTQ+Alliance also will present an award to Garden State Equality, New Jersey’s state-wide advocacy and education organization, for their efforts in securing marriage equality in New Jersey.

The next four films in the series will begin at 7 p.m. Audience members will have the opportunity to participate in a post-screening discussion with the film’s director or producer. Admission is $20 per person. Guests can save 25 percent and purchase all four films for $60. Each program includes a pre-screening buffet with light refreshments. For additional information, please call (201) 447-7428 or visit

  • Thursday, Oct. 18: “Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald” – Chronicles the lives of several young boys who were freed from the Buchenwald concentration camp on April 11, 1945. Award-winning producer Steve Moskovic will participate in a question-and-answer session following the film. His father was one of the children liberated from Buchenwald.
  • Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019: “Sacred: Milestones of a Spiritual Life” – Depicts the importance of faith and spirituality in daily life. Directed by Academy award-winner Thomas Lennon, this film includes footage from more than 25 countries and features an array of religious traditions. Following the film, executive producer and Emmy award-winner Dr. Bill Baker, will host a question and answer session.
  • Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019: “Assunta Spina” and “The Immigrant” – Romantic tragedy and comedy come together with these two classic movies from the silent film era. Bergen professor John T. La Barbera also will perform two newly composed scores to enhance the realism experience.
  • Thursday, April 25, 2019: “Bill Evans: Time Remembered” – This award-winning documentary, written by filmmaker Bruce Spiegel, chronicles the life of the late jazz pianist Bill Evans, a resident of Closter, NJ. Prior to the film, there will be an introductory concert featuring the Joel Zelnik Trio and vocalist Annette Sanders.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (, a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 14,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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