Cincinnati World Cinema

Cincinnati World Cinema is an all-volunteer organization presenting films that otherwise might not be seen on a big screen in the Cincinnati area, including international, documentary, American independent, live-action and animated shorts and locally-produced works by emerging filmmakers.

Virtual Cinema

Thanks in advance for supporting us by streaming films at home while our theatre is closed.   Our film distributors have graciously allocated a portion of the rental proceeds to Cincinnati World Cinema.

The Garfield Theatre

Near the corner of Race and Garfield Place in the heart of downtown Cincinnati.

Cinema Archive

A chronology of films screened by Cincinnati World Cinema.  

what’s happening

After the Pandemic:
a hunger for diversion

Listen to this brief excerpt from the ongoing audio series, US in the Time of Coronavirus, by Connecticut Public Radio: Mary Frances Berry.

“After the disastrous 1918-19 Spanish flu and the end of World War I, many Americans sought carefree entertainment, which the introduction of cars and the radio facilitated. Probably, given past behavior, when this pandemic is over, human beings will respond with the same sense of relief and a search for community, relief from stress and pleasure.”

   Mary Frances Berry is professor of American Social Thought and professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. She has also served as Provost of the University of Maryland and Chancellor of the University of Colorado.


Livestream Film Discussion

Join us Wednesday, June 3, 8:00 pm as we livestream a discussion of  BLACKFISH, about the Tilikum, the performing killer whale at Seaworld.  You’ll meet director Gabriela Cowperthwaite, and learn how her documentary led to more humane treatment of whales in captivity.

You can watch this compelling documentary before or after the discussion session, trailer, synopsis, Q&A and tickets here.

Tilikum in a scene from Black Fish, a Magnolia Pictures release.

Livestream Film Discussion

Join us Thursday, June 18, 8:00 pm as we livestream a conversation about Slay The Dragon, a timely and inspiring documentary about grassroots efforts to end gerrymandering and restore fairness to our elections.

Visit our Facebook events page to register. You can watch this important documentary before or after the discussion session, trailer, synopsis and tickets here.


CWC Virtual Cinema

Watch new films at home while supporting Cincinnati World Cinema.

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

The fascinating story of Anne Dagg, the first Western researcher, man or woman, to visit Africa to study animals in the wild. Her frustration in gaining university tenure as a female PhD in the early ’70s led Anne to become a staunch advocate for women’s equality in Canadian science and education. Alicia Reid’s inspiring film gives Dr. Dagg the recognition she richly deserves.

Thousand Pieces of Gold

Thousand Pieces of Gold won immediate acclaim for its portrayal of the real-life story of Lalu (Rosalind Chao), a young Chinese woman whose desperate parents sell her into slavery. Way ahead of its time, the film resonates even more powerfully today in the era of #MeToo.

Animation Show of Shows

Funny, poignant, thought-provoking, creative and fast-moving, each Show of Shows is thoughtfully programmed to share excellence in storytelling and the resilience of the human spirit. Having four annual editions to choose from is a special treat, particularly during these challenging times when emotional relief and optimism is so important. Enjoy!

The Etruscan Smile

A heart-warming story of generational divide, father-son reconciliation, and late-in-life romance flavored with Gaelic culture. Brian Cox as a gruff but vulnerable Scotsman elevates this beautifully photographed and quietly touching family film, featuring a strong ensemble cast — Rosanna Arquette, Thora Birch, JJ Feild, Peter Coyote, Tim Matheson and Treat Williams.

Slay the Dragon

A timely, compelling film about committed citizens organizing and fighting to restore fairness in our elections in the face a new wave of gerrymandering.

The Cordillera of Dreams

Winner of best documentary at Cannes Film Festival, master filmmaker Patricio Guzmán’s The Cordillera of Dreams completes his trilogy (with Nostalgia for the Light and The Pearl Button) investigating the relationship between historical memory, political trauma, and geography in his native country of Chile.

Cat Video Fest

The “Best Of” presentation is a fun, furry piece of feline frivolity offering laughter and escape at a much needed time. Plus, who doesn’t watch cat videos?

Corpus Christi

An Oscar-nominee this year for Best International Film, Corpus Christi is a thriller and also an allegory of faith – on its surface, crafty suspense, while underneath, an open-ended parable about devotion, complex moral decisions, and one man’s improbably inspired journey. Filled with twists and surprises, it is riveting right up to the end.

The Whistlers

In this Romanian neo-noir thriller, not everything is as it seems for a police inspector in Bucharest who plays both sides of the law. Joining a beautiful femme-fatale on a high-stakes adventure, both have to navigate the convoluted twists and turns of corruption, treachery and deception.

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson & The Band

The inside story of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music – The Band. Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, and Garth Hudson created the sound that would later be called “Americana” or “Roots” music. This engaging film includes scenes from The Last Waltz and cameos by Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Martin Scorsese, and David Geffen.

What Makes CWC Unique?

Curated Film Selections

We select, screen and discuss high quality films that would otherwise bypass the Cincinnati area.

Affordable & Accessible 

We offer reasonably priced tickets and concessions. There is ample convenient and affordable parking, with a number of restaurants nearby. 

Film Discussions & Speakers 

We often host post-film discussions featuring film makers, CWC staff and/or local authorities familiar with the subject matter.

Unique Film Community

Our programming resonates with cinema buffs and mainstream viewers alike, nourishing  intellectual curiosity with films for grown-ups.

All Volunteer

Our patrons describe our volunteers as welcoming and professional. They are talented, successful people who care about cinema and the community.

Historic Venue

CWC presents films at The Garfield Theatre, built in 1970 as a single-screen art house, previously known as the The Place, the Movieola, and the Reel Movies.

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