Shows

Modern Shaman

July 19th, 9pm
East Side Sculpture Park
705 E. 7th St, Saint Paul, MN 55106

 

Join us for the world premiere of Modern Shaman, a short film by local creators Gregory Yang and Kang Vang (1985). We'll have free hot dogs and lemonade. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on and dress warm. 

Synopsis

A Hmong "Modern Shaman" finds himself losing his spirituality when the spirits show him a new light: the spotlight of showbiz and acting.

This film is unrated. Its themes will mostly interest adults. Some profanity. Screened in English.

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Blue Beetle


July 26th, 8:45pm
East Side Sculpture Park
705 E. 7th St, Saint Paul, MN 55106

 

Join us for a free outdoor screening of Blue Beetle, the first live-action superhero film with a Latino lead. We'll have free hot dogs, lemonade, and movie theater popcorn. Dress warm and bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. 

Synopsis

Xolo Maridueña stars as Reyes, a recent college graduate who is bestowed with an armor that grants him superpowers after being accidentally chosen by an ancient alien relic known as the Scarab.

This film is rated PG-13. Common Sense Media review here
This film will be screened in English with English subtitles.

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Past Shows

Bottoms

June 14th, 9pm
East Side Sculpture Park
705 E. 7th St, Saint Paul, MN 55106

 

Celebrate Pride Month with this hilarious teen comedy starring Ayo Edebiri (The Bear) and Rachel Sennot (Shiva Baby). We'll have free hot dogs and lemonade. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on and dress warm. 

Synopsis

Unpopular best friends PJ and Josie start a high school fight club to meet girls and lose their virginity. They soon find themselves in over their heads when the most popular students start beating each other up in the name of self-defense.  

This movie is rated R. Common Sense Media review here. Screened in English with English Subtitles.

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Purple Rain

June 7th, 9pm
East Side Sculpture Park
705 E. 7th St, Saint Paul, MN 55106

 

"Purify yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka."
 

Join us for the first film in our summer 2024 season! We're screening Minnesota's own Purple Rain on what would have been Prince's 66th birthday! Bring a blanket or chair to sit on and something warm to wear. We'll have free hot dogs and lemonade!

Synopsis

Filmed almost entirely in Minnesota, Prince's feature film debut follows "The Kid" as he attempts to escape a tumultuous home life through music. Campy, delirious, transcendent, and outrageous, there's no denying The Purple One's genius as a musician and entertainer, immortalized here in the concert scenes filmed at First Avenue.  

This movie is rated R. Common Sense Media review here. Screened in English with English Subtitles.

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City of God

April 26th, 8pm
East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier St, Saint Paul, MN 55106

 

"A masterpiece of modern filmmaking."

--Allen Almachar, The MacGuffin
 

TriLingua Cinema in collaboration with Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services presents a free screening of City of God (Cidade de Deus).

Synopsis

One of the best films of the 21st century, City of God (Cidade de Deus) paints a disturbing portrait of life in the slums of Rio de Janeiro and covers the birth & flourishing world of gangsters, gang wars & drug deals spanning over 3 decades from 1960s to 1980s, all meticulously captured through the eyes of a young photographer who continuously finds himself in the middle of this milieu despite never wanting any part of it. (Credit Cinemaclown, Letterboxd). 

This film is rated R. Common Sense Media review here.

This film will be screened in Portuguese with English Subtitles.

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A Thousand and One

April 12th, 7pm
East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier St, Saint Paul, MN 55106

 

Several knife-turning twists will rattle you whole before the end... A Thousand and One is an astoundingly accomplished debut film that stays with you long after the curtain falls.

--Ana Yorke, PopMatters
 

TriLingua Cinema in collaboration with Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services presents a free screening of Teyana Taylor's star making turn in A Thousand and One.

Synopsis

Unapologetic and free-spirited Inez kidnaps her 6-year-old son, Terry, from the foster care system. They set out to reclaim their sense of home, identity and stability in a rapidly changing New York City.

This film is rated R. Common Sense Media review here.

This film will be screened in English with English Subtitles.

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Mutant Mayhem

March 29th, 7pm
East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier St, Saint Paul, MN 55106

 

"With its unique visual style and a story that captures the essence of the franchise's appeal, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem is an animated treat for the whole family."

--RottenTomatoes.com

 

TriLingua Cinema in collaboration with Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services presents a free screening of 2023's funny and visually inventive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem. Enjoy free popcorn, free soda, and free hot cocoa in a unique and beautiful setting at East Side Freedom Library.

This film is rated PG. Common Sense Media review here.

This film will be screened in English with English Subtitles.

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Oppenheimer

March 1st, 7pm
East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier St, Saint Paul, MN 55106


Winner of Best Picture, Drama, at the 2024 Golden Globes.

TriLingua Cinema in collaboration with East Side Freedom Library and Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services presents a free screening of Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer.


Physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer and a team of scientists spend years developing and designing the atomic bomb. Their work comes to fruition on July 16, 1945, as they witness the world's first nuclear explosion, forever changing the course of history.

This film is rated R. Common Sense Media review for parents here.

This film will be screened in English with English Subtitles.


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Lakota Nation Vs.
United States


February 23rd, 7pm
East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier St, Saint Paul, MN 55106


"Should be required viewing for all Americans."
-Sierr, Letterboxd


TriLingua Cinema in collaboration with East Side Freedom Library and Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services presents a free screening of one of 2023's most important and powerful documentaries, Lakota Nation Vs. United States.


Lakota Nation vs. United States chronicles the Lakota Indians' century-long quest to reclaim the Black Hills, sacred land that was stolen in violation of treaty agreements. A searing, timely portrait of resistance, the film explores the ways America has ignored its debt to indigenous communities, and ponders what might be done today to repair the wrongs of the past.

This film is rated PG-13. IMDB Parents Guide here.

This film will be screened in English with English Subtitles.


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Past Lives

February 9th, 7pm
East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier St, Saint Paul, MN 55106


"A soaring, decades-spanning romance that will make you catch your breath." -The Hollywood Reporter

TriLingua Cinema in collaboration with East Side Freedom Library and Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services presents a free screening of one of 2023's best (and most romantic!) movies. Bring your sweetie and celebrate Valentine's Day with us! 


Nora and Hae Sung, two deeply connected childhood friends, are wrest apart after Nora's family emigrates from South Korea. Decades later, they are reunited for one fateful week as they confront destiny, love and the choices that make a life.

This film is rated PG-13. Parents, see the Common Sense Media Review here

This film has performances in English and Korean, and will be screened with English Subtitles.


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El Abrazo de la Serpiente
(Embrace of the Serpent)

January 26th, 7pm
East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier St, Saint Paul, MN 55106


"Like nothing you've seen before," -David Ehrlich, The New York Times.

TriLingua Cinema in collaboration with East Side Freedom Library presents a free screening of Colombian director Ciro Guerra's exquisitely beautiful, Oscar nominated film, Embrace of the Serpent.


Exploring the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of forty years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant, Embrace of the Serpent takes viewers on a hypnotic, at times psychedelic journey through space and time. 

This film is not rated. IMDB parent guide here

The film has performances in Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese, Latin, Cubeo, Catalan, Ticuna, and Wanano, and will be screened with English Subtitles.


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Diarios de Motocicleta
(The Motorcycle Diaries)

January 12th, 7pm
East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier St, Saint Paul, MN 55106


TriLingua Cinema in collaboration with East Side Freedom Library presents a free screening of the Che Guevara biopic and beautiful South American roadtrip movie, The Motorcycle Diaries.


In January 1952, the almost 30-year-old biochemist Alberto Granado and his younger friend, Ernesto Che Guevara, set off from Buenos Aires on an old but treasured Norton 500 for an adventure through Latin America. The middle class young men begin to see Latin America through eyes that have been opened to poverty and oppression, big business and the sheer hardship of daily life.

The film is rated R and will be screened in Spanish with English subtitles.

Common sense media review here

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Gremlins

December 15th, 7pm
East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier St, Saint Paul, MN 55106


TriLingua Cinema in collaboration with East Side Freedom Library presents a free screening of classic holiday horror-comedy Gremlins!


A gadget salesman is looking for a special gift for his son and finds one at a store in Chinatown. The shopkeeper is reluctant to sell him the 'mogwai' but does with the warning to never expose him to bright light, water, or to feed him after midnight. Brilliantly bonkers chaos ensues.

The film is rated PG and will be screened in English with English subtitles.

Common sense media review here

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The Wiz

December 1st, 7pm
East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier St, Saint Paul, MN 55106


TriLingua Cinema in collaboration with East Side Freedom Library presents a free screening of beloved musical and holiday classic, The Wiz!  


When Harlem schoolteacher Dorothy (Diana Ross) tries to save her dog from a storm, she's miraculously whisked away to an urban fantasy land called Oz. After accidentally killing the Wicked Witch of the East upon her arrival, Dorothy is told about the Wiz (Richard Pryor), a wizard who can help her get back to Manhattan. As Dorothy goes in search of the Wiz, she's joined by the Scarecrow (Michael Jackson), the Tin Man (Nipsey Russell) and the Cowardly Lion (Ted Ross).

The film is rated G and will be screened in English with English subtitles.

Common sense media review here

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Barbie

November 17th, 7pm
East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier St, Saint Paul, MN 55106


TriLingua Cinema in collaboration with East Side Freedom Library presents a free screening of 2023's biggest breakout hit, Barbie.  


Barbie and Ken are having the time of their lives in the colorful and seemingly perfect world of Barbie Land. However, when they get a chance to go to the real world, they soon discover the joys and perils of living among humans.

The film is rated PG-13 and will be screened in English with English subtitles.

Common sense media review here

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Parasite

November 3rd, 7pm
East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier St, Saint Paul, MN 55106


TriLingua Cinema in collaboration with East Side Freedom Library presents a free screening of master filmmaker Bong Joon-ho's oscar winning film Parasite.  


In this dark comedy/thriller greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan.

The film is rated R and will be screened in Korean with English subtitles.

Common sense media review here

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Trunk r Treat!

October 27th, 4-7pm
Rivoli Bluff
660 N. Rivoli St, Saint Paul, MN 55130


TriLingua Cinema, in collaboration with Railroad Island Neighborhood Group, Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services, Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center, and Urban Roots presents our 2023 Trunk r Treat Halloween Festival on beautiful Rivoli Bluff! 


Join us for free food, free music, pumpkin painting, a costume contest, and a free screening of Toy story OF TERROR! and other classic Halloween cartoons on the big screen overlooking downtown Saint Paul. And lots and lots of Candy!

The films are rated PG and will be screened in English.


              
Talk to Me
READ FOR UPDATED WEATHER INFO!!!
NEW LOCATION: Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center
792 E 7th St, Saint Paul, MN 55106
October 13th, 8pm


UPDATE: The weather looks cold and rainy so we are moving INDOORS to the beautiful INDIGENOUS ROOTS CULTURAL ARTS CENTER just up the street from the sculpture park. We are also moving the start time back to 8pm, and will no longer be serving hotdogs. There will still be plenty of free movie theater popcorn for everyone. Finally, please note that this movie is VERY SCARY! This one is just for adults and older teens...

TriLingua Cinema, in collaboration with Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services and Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center, presents a special Friday the 13th screening of the buzzy new Australian horror movie Talk to Me.

When a group of friends discover how to conjure spirits using an embalmed hand, they become hooked on the new thrill, until one of them goes too far and unleashes terrifying supernatural forces.

The film will be screened in English and is rated R.

Common Sense Media review here.

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Good Burger

September 29th, Sunset
East Side Sculpture Park
705 E 7th St, Saint Paul, MN 55106


TriLingua Cinema, in collaboration with Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services and Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center, presents a free outdoor screening of 90's comedy Good Burger


When Mondo Burger sets up across the street, sneaky Dexter and burger-obsessed Ed realize they need to fight to keep their fast food joint going. Their new secret sauce might be the answer, but not if Mondo can grab it.

The film will be screened in English and is rated PG.

Common Sense Media review here.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

September 8th, Sunset
East Side Sculpture Park
705 E 7th St, Saint Paul, MN 55106


Trilingua Cinema, in collaboration with Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services and Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center, presents a free outdoor screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990). 


Through contact with a mysterious ooze, four turtles in the sewers of New York mutate into intelligent pizza-loving humanoids, and are mentored in the art of ninja combat by the wise rat Splinter. When the evil Shredder attempts to take over the world, the turtles set out to stop him.

Common Sense Media review here

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Everything, Everywhere,
All at Once.


August 26th, Sunset
East Side Sculpture Park
705 E 7th St, Saint Paul, MN 55106


TriLingua Cinema, in collaboration with Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services and Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center, presents a free outdoor screening of Everything, Everywhere, All at Once


About the film:

When an interdimensional rupture unravels reality, an unlikely hero must channel her newfound powers to fight bizarre and bewildering dangers from the multiverse as the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

The film is rated R and will be screened in English. Common Sense Media recommends it for children 15+.

Common Sense Media review here.

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Pan's Labyrinth

August 12th, Sunset
East Side Sculpture Park
705 E 7th St, Saint Paul, MN 55106


Trilingua Cinema, in collaboration with Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services and Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center, presents a free outdoor screening of Guillermo Del Toro's fantasy masterpiece Pan's Labyrinth


It's 1944 and the Allies have invaded Nazi-held Europe. In Spain, a troop of soldiers are sent to a remote forest to flush out the rebels. They are led by Capitan Vidal, a murdering sadist, and with him are his new wife Carmen and her daughter from a previous marriage, 11-year-old Ofelia. Ofelia witnesses her stepfather's sadistic brutality and is drawn into Pan's Labyrinth, a magical world of mythical beings.

The film will be screened in Spanish with English subtitles and is rated R.

Common Sense Media review here.

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Love and Basketball

July 29th, Sunset
East Side Sculpture Park
705 E 7th St, Saint Paul, MN 55106


Trilingua Cinema, in collaboration with Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services and Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center, presents a free outdoor screening of the indie classic Love and Basketball


This beloved romantic-drama tells the story of Monica and Quincy, childhood friends who grow up together, fall in love, and pursue their shared passion for basketball.

The film will be screened in English and is rated PG-13.

Common Sense Media review here.

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Night of the Living Dead

July 7th, Sunset
East Side Sculpture Park
705 E. 7th St, Saint Paul, MN 55106


TriLingua Cinema, Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services, and Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center present a free screening of George A. Romero's 1968 cult classic Night of the Living Dead.

About the film:


A ragtag group of Pennsylvanians barricade themselves in an old farmhouse to remain safe from a horde of flesh-eating ghouls that are ravaging the East Coast of the United States.

The film will be screened in English and is Not Rated. Common sense media recommends the film for individuals 17+.

Common Sense Media review here.

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NOPE

June 16th, Sunset
East Side Sculpture Park
705 E 7th St, Saint Paul, MN 55106


Trilingua Cinema, in collaboration with Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services and Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center, presents a free outdoor screening of NOPE.

WHAT'S A BAD MIRACLE?

Residents in a lonely gulch of inland California bear witness to an uncanny, chilling discovery. This science fiction thriller is the third feature film by Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us.) Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, we'll provide the entertainment and free popcorn! 

The film will be screened in English with Spanish Subtitles. 

The film is rated R for language (no nudity). 

Common Sense Media review here.

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Serán Las Dueñas De La Tierra (Stewards of the Land).

 

June 6th, 6-8:30pm
East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier St, Saint Paul, MN 55106


Join East Side Housing Justice and Trilingua Cinema for a Free Documentary Screening and Panel discussion of Serán Las Dueñas De La Tierra (English title: Stewards of the Land). The film follows the struggles of three young farmers in Puerto Rico, their fight for land sovereignty, the realities of climate change, and the strain from dependency on food imports threatening food security and sovereignty.  We will be joined after the film in a panel discussion with the film’s Director and Writer Mariolga Reyes Cruz and local community organizations doing work around food justice and land sovereignty.

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Tuag Los Tseg

UPDATE: Due to weather the time and location have changed.
New Details:

May 14th, 3pm
Indigenous Root Cultural Arts Center
788 E. 7th St. Saint Paul, MN 55106


The screening of Houa Productions' Tuab Los Tseg has been moved to Sunday and will now take place indoors at Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center, just up the street from the East Side Sculpture Park (705 E 7th St), where the day's other events will still be taking place from 10am-6pm:

Join Trilingua Cinema, Hmong American Day, Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services and Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center for a free screening of the film Tuab Los Tseg by local Houa Productions. Before the film head to the sculpture park to enjoy great food with Eggroll Queen and other food trucks, a multicultural market with goods by local makers, and free Karaoke! The film will begin at 3pm @Indigenous Roots. It will be a beautiful day to celebrating Hmong American culture and experience.

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PUSH

April 12th, 2023
6:00-8:00pm
East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier Street
, Saint Paul

Join East Side Housing Justice and Trilingua Cinema for a film night and discussion, on April 12th, 6:00-8:00PM at the East Side Freedom Library. 

REGISTER HERE!

We’ll be screening the film PUSH, a documentary looking at the global commodification of housing and issues of affordability. At a time when risks of gentrification and displacement are of central concern to many East Siders, it’s important to explore the forces pushing us out and work towards solutions collectively. Engage with this timely film as the city of Saint Paul is currently conducting a study examining the impending implications of displacement and possible opportunities for community wealth building. 

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The Addams Family (1991)
 

October 29th, 2022
Event Starts @ 4:30pm
Rivoli Bluff
660 N. Rivoli Street, Saint Paul


Bundle up your little ghouls and goblins and head over to beautiful Rivoli Bluff overlooking the St Paul Skyline. Trunk r Treating will run from 4:30pm to about 6pm. There will also be free pumpkins to paint, food trucks, and a screening of The Addams Family (1991) starting about 30 minutes after sunset (about 6:30pm). Please dress warm! In case of inclement weather watch this site or our facebook page for possible move to an indoor location. 


About the Film: 

Looking for something creepy, spooky, kooky and altogether ooky? When long-lost Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd) reappears after 25 years in the Bermuda Triangle, Gomez (Raul Julia) and Morticia (Anjelica Huston) plan a celebration to wake the dead. But Wednesday (Christina Ricci) barely has time to warm up her electric chair before Thing points out Fester’s uncharacteristically “normal” behavior. Could this Fester be a fake, part of a diabolical scheme to raid the Addams fortune?

Rated PG 
110 Minutes
Common Sense Media

 

              

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

September 24th, 2022
Event Starts @ 5pm
East Side Sculpture Park
705 E 7th Street Saint Paul, MN 55106

This screening is free and open to the public. Please bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on. We will have free hot dogs, popcorn, and t-shirts, as well as a community dialogue about housing on the East SIde before the film. Dress warm!

About the Film: 

Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, his hopes blind him to the reality of his situation.

A wistful odyssey populated by skaters, squatters, street preachers, playwrights, and other locals on the margins, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a poignant and sweeping story of hometowns and how they’re made—and kept alive—by the people who love them.

Rated R (Language, Drug Use, Brief Nudity)
Common Sense Media recommends this film for ages 13+
121 Minutes

              

Cancelled Due to Rain

Raya and the Last Dragon
 

September 16th, 2022
Film Starts @ Sunset

About the film:

Travel to the fantasy world of Kumandra, where humans and dragons lived together in harmony long ago. But when an evil force threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, that same evil has returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the legendary last dragon to restore the fractured land and its divided people. Raya and the Last Dragon features the voices of Kelly Marie Tran as Raya, a warrior whose wit is as sharp as her blade, and Awkwafina as the magical, mythical, self-deprecating dragon named Sisu. 

90 minutes. Rated G. 


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'Resilient Generations' - Short Films by Local and National Filmmakers
 

September 10th, 2022
Films Start @ Sunset
Parking lot behind Swedish Bank Building.
965 Payne Ave., Saint Paul

This screening is free and open to the public. Please bring a chair to sit on.

About the Films: 

"Southeast Asians are far from a monolith. Beyond any one ethnic group, SEA peoples experience the world through a vast range of perspectives, customs, principles, and histories. Tonight's films will feature the creative visions by SEA filmmakers whose outlook and artistic practice are part of building a new and modern future for how SE Asians see ourselves and shape our own modern realities."

Participating filmmakers include Blongsha Ha, Mai Moua Thao, Oanh Vu, Thet Oo Maung, and Vibol Sungkriem.

Rated approximately PG-13, Adult themes
90 Minutes

The Stranger
 

September 9th, 2022
Film Starts @ Sunset
Parking lot behind Swedish Bank Building.
965 Payne Ave., Saint Paul

This screening is free and open to the public. Please bring a chair to sit on.

About the Film: 
From local, award winning director Bryan Vue comes this intriguing film about a Hmong American man who's life is turned upside down by a family tragedy and a mysterious stranger who shows up on his doorstep. Filmed largely on the East Side of St. Paul, this beautifully shot feature film explores themes of memory, family, race, and what it means to become an American. 

Approximately PG-13, Adult themes
90 Minutes

              

Gathering of the Warriors

 

August 13th, 2022
Films Start @ Sunset
East Side Sculpture Park
705 E 7th Street Saint Paul, MN 55106

St. Paul based Filmmaker Francisco Sánchez has been documenting the struggles and victories of his community since 2018. Having been born and raised with an Irish mother and a Chicano father, he is a young filmmaker that really digs into the hows and whys of history and looks beyond the faces of all of the stories he tells for the most authentic point of view possible. 

With a background in music video production for local artists, Francisco’s love for community and involvement in grassroots organizing led him to use his skills and passion for storytelling that elevates the important work of community members and organizers that’s often overlooked. To him, each piece, each person of a story matters and is part of the whole that is our communal effort to elicit change. From the streets of the Twin Cities to United Nations Climate conferences on the other side of the world, he channels the strength and efforts of oppressed peoples fighting for autonomy, racial justice and our mother earth in his work.

When his college graduation was postponed, the world shut down due to the pandemic and the Twin Cities were burning in the wake of protests for the George Floyd murder - Francisco invested in a camera and began telling stories that he felt were mostly being inauthentically covered by non-local news outlets. Francisco’s artistic ability and sense of responsibility in the fight for justice for all peoples has led him to working with grassroots organizers across the world.

      

              

Kuab muaj tsuas 2

 

May 14th, 2022
Film Starts @ Sunset
Phalen Park Picnic Pavilion
1600 Phalen Dr, St Paul

Join us for Hmoob Day 2022!

Trilingua Cinema is proud to partner with Hmong American Day to present the Hmong language film Kuab muaj tsuas 2 at beautiful Lake Phalen as part of the festivities for Hmoob Day 2022. The festival itself goes from 10am to 10pm and will include a fishing contest, Hmoob spelling bee, food trucks and much more. The film starts at sunset, around 8:30 pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to spread out on the grass. 

About the film: Thousands of years ago in China, there were many deadly conflicts between the Hmong people and the Chinese people over two important elements; the Legendary Script and the Herbal Miraculous Cure. With the ambition to rule the world, Li Chong (Cheng Xiong), the most powerful warlord during that era, has assigned two skillful female assassins to find these two elements for him. Can Yeejsuab, from Kuab Muaj Tsuas I, defend the Herbal Miraculous Cure, and Yengtha, from The Legendary Script, defend the script from falling into the hands of Li Chong? Follow Kuab Muaj Tsuas 2 to find out what will happen to these two elements. 

Rated PG-13 

In Hmoob with English Subtitles

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

      

                       

The Nightmare Before Christmas

October 29th, 2021
Film Starts @ 6:30pm
Rivoli Bluff

660 N. Rivoli St.

Join us for an outdoor screening of a true holiday classic overlooking the beautiful St. Paul skyline. Bundle up and bring a hot beverage. Arrive at 5pm for Trunk r Treat and Pumpkin Painting. This is a free event. Food from Long's Combo Rolls will be available for purchase. 

In English 

About the film: 

Bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine, Pumpkin King Jack Skellington longs to spread the joy of Christmas. But his merry mission puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

      

                       

Beat Street

East Side Hip Hop Fest
August 20th, 2021
Music Starts 6pm
Movie Starts 8:30pm

Arlington Hills Community Center

Join us for an outdoor concert featuring local Saint Paul artists including Kaleem the Dream, Juice Lord, Fleet Minnesota DJs and more, followed by a screening of the classic Hip Hop Film Beat Street.

In English 

About the film: 

At the forefront of early hip-hop culture, DJ Kenny Kirkland (Guy Davis), his B-boy brother, Lee (Robert Taylor), and graffiti artist Ramon (John Chardiet) all have hopes of showcasing their talents outside the confines of South Bronx, N.Y. When Tracy Carlson (Rae Dawn Chong), a composer and choreographer, runs into Kirkland and Lee at one of Manhattan's hottest nightclubs, she offers Lee an opportunity to perform on TV. However, the crew has a long way to go before achieving their dreams.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

      

                       

The Fast and the Furious
Payne Avenue Car Show

August 7th, 2021
Parking lot at the NW corner of Payne and York Aves

Car show starts at 6pm. Movie starts at sundown.
 

Join us on Payne Ave for a car show featuring cars from many of the areas unique car cultures, followed by a free outdoor screening of the original The Fast and the Furious.

In English with Spanish Subtitles. 

About the film: 

Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) enjoys the adrenaline of street car racing and his fans treat him like a rock star. After a blazing encounter with the ruthless Johnny Tran, Dom decides to take Brian (Paul Walker), a newcomer to street racing, under his wing. Dom's sister Mia sees something she likes in Brian, too. Trouble is, neither of them realize he's an undercover cop, and Dominic and his rival Johnny Tran are both the prime suspects in a case involving dirty money and big-rig hijacking.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

      

                       

Paj Nyiag Txoj Hmoo
Hmoob Day Celebration 2021!

May 15th, 2021
Hmong Village Shopping Cener

Festivities will run from 8pm-11pm
 

Join us at the Hmong Village Shopping Center for an evening of celebration and remembrance. This event will include speeches by local leaders, food trucks (including the Eggroll Queen), Hmoob games, short films, and a presentation of local filmmaker Moua Lee's feature film Paj Nyiag Txoj Hmoo. This is an outdoor event. Please bring your own blanket or lawn chair to sit on. 

In Hmoob with English Subtitles. 

About the film: 

Paj Nyiag was not the"son" her abusive and unloving father had wanted. Her ailing mother was an additional burden which gave her father the "excuse" to marry a second wife, then divorce her mother and abandon both of them. Sorrow and the emotional weight of abandonment take their toll when her mother dies. Now Paj Nyiag is at the mercy of her uncaring aunt and uncle. With tears and a broken heart, she asks why God would unleash such a cruel fate upon her. A powerful, moving, and inspiring love story.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

      

                       

Do The Right Thing
Online Screening and Discussion


April 17th, 2021
Free Registration: 
bit.ly/right-thing
Film starts at 6:30pm
 

Perhaps no other film speaks more directly to our current cultural moment than Spike Lee's seminal work, released more than 30 years ago. Exploring the lives and communities that comprise the diverse, vibrant neighborhood of Bed-Stuy, Lee's picture clamours with color and creative vision. When Buggin' Out (Giancarlo Esposito) demands Sal of Sal's Famous Pizzeria (Danny Aiello) begin putting pictures of Black people on his "Wall of Fame" the entire community is inexorably drawn into an outburst of rage on the hottest night of the year. Register to watch the film and help us discuss what Lee's 1980's New York might say about our own neighborhoods and city. We hope to see you there ...and that's the truth, Ruth!

In English

Rated R 

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

      

                       

1985

A Drive-In Movie Night!

October 9th, 2020
Rivoli Bluff, 666 N. Rivoli St., St. Paul

Gates open at 6:30pm, film starts at 7pm
FREE/Pay What You Can

Old fashioned Drive-In movie night, right here on the East Side! This coming-of-age story follows four friends in the summer of 1985, who venture out on a perilous journey to find a mythical dragon dwelling in a mysterious and forgotten lake somewhere in the great wilderness of... Minnesota? This totally rad adventure has them encounter some bad dudes, break dance battles, and run-ins with memorable characters along the way. A story about the shared journey of all Hmong-Americans, “1985” will remind you of the power of true friendship and the strength of love. But...will our heroes find that dragon?

Come in your vehicle and bring plenty of snacks! Those without vehicles are welcome to bring a blanket or camping chair to sit on and watch the show. However, it's likely to be cold, so bundle up! The film is 114 Minutes long and will be followed by a director Q&A.

In Hmoob with English Subtitles.

PG-13 

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Shorts on 7th, 2020


Plaza Revolución (DBNHS Parking Lot), 809 E. 7th St., St. Paul Minnesota

Join us for two nights of short films by some of the Twin Cities best filmmakers! Each night runs between 60 and 90 minutes, is moderated by Georgia Fort, and is Co-Sponsored by Georgia Fort, Indigenous Roots, and Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Association.

This is an outdoor event, so please dress for the weather! 

Free/Pay What You can. 

 

Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian

August 15th, 2020
East Side Freedom Library


Charles Alexander Eastman was a renowned physician, author, lecturer and Native American rights advocate. Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian is a unique telling of his story from the point of view of his descendants. Kate Beane and her family explore Eastman's traditional Dakota boyhood as well as his later life as perhaps the first writer to tell our country's history from a Native point of view.

Film runtime: 57 minutes. Not Rated.

In English. 

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