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March 6-20: College hosts March screenings of three independent films

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Feb 17, 2020

Three highly acclaimed independent films—one international and the other two examining environmental themes—will be presented for free on three consecutive Fridays at the College of Lake County in March. The films are: “Transit” March 6; “Thirst for Power March 13; and “Rodents of Unusual Size” March 20. The first two films are shown in the Grayslake Campus’ Room C105, and the third will be screened in the Room A011 Auditorium.

March 6: “Transit” (Germany, 2018); 7 p.m. The military moves in to occupy Paris. A man assumes the identity of a dead writer, flees to Marseilles and waits for a visa to escape war-torn Europe. But the locals awaken both fatherly and romantic impulses, challenging his self-centered plans. And is this World War II or the Present Day? Christian Petzold, best known for clever, twisty thrillers, here adds a Kafkaesque dimension to a classic 1940s novel. The result is a mind-bending meditation on emigration that nevertheless maintains a tight emotional grip. This film has adult content and is not suitable for children. For details, contact Chris Cooling, CLC communications professor, at or (847) 543-2623.

March 13: “Thirst for Power” (United States, 2013); 6:30 p.m. Shot on location across France, California and Texas, this one-hour documentary explores the history of civilization’s quest to procure abundant water and energy, from ancient Roman aqueducts in Europe to modern America’s vast hydroelectric infrastructure. Combining anecdotes and personal stories with insights into the latest science, the documentary identifies a hopeful path toward wise, long-range, water-energy decisions and a more reliable and abundant future for humanity. The film is adapted from the book, “Thirst for Power: Energy, Water and Human Survival,” by Michael E. Webber, Ph.D. For more information, contact David Husemoller, CLC sustainability manager, at (847) 543-2643 or

The documentary is one of dozens shown throughout the Chicago area at the 2020 One Earth Film Festival, which takes place March 6-15. For details, visit

March 20: “Rodents of Unusual Size” (United States, 2017). This documentary follows the multifaceted story of the nutria, a species of giant swamp rat that has invaded coastal Louisiana. Topics include the nutria’s introduction to the U.S., environmental impact, governmental intervention; and people defending their communities, culture and livelihoods from the species. The documentary is part of The Independent Film Series, which is presented by the Lake County Film Festival in conjunction with CLC. For more information, contact Nat Dykeman at (224) 544-9261 or at


About College of Lake County:

The College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. The College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.