Kansas City engages in educational, cultural, and commercial exchanges with a dozen sister cities across the globe, in part through the annual Kansas City Sister Cities World Cinema Series.
The series moves from its onetime home at Westport’s Tivoli theater—now closed—to the Library, and this year’s six-film lineup opens with the 2008 Taiwanese drama Orz Boyz. Hosted by the Tainan (Taiwan) Sister City Committee, it’s the story of two troublemaking schoolboys, each with grownup-size challenges, who bond over their belief in an imaginary, escapist world called Orz. The subtitled film alternates between eye-popping, animated fantasy sequences and the boys’ bittersweet reality.
A post-screening discussion is led by a scholar/expert on Taiwanese culture and history and the film’s subject matter.
For ages 18 and up. Co-presented by the Sister City Association of Kansas City, Mo.