The Prytania Theatre is showing the documentary “Big Charity” daily at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, through Thursday, Dec. 11. The filmmakers will conduct a question-and-answer session each day. “Big Charity” will also screen daily at the Prytania Dec. 12 through Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The documentary tells the story of New Orleans’ Charity Hospital, a local institution founded as a hospital for the poor in 1736. The film’s previously unseen footage and interviews tell Charity Hospital’s history from its roots to its controversial closing after Hurricane Katrina.
Screening at the recent New Orleans Film Festival, “Big Charity” won the festival’s jury award and its audience award for Louisiana film.
From Dec. 12 through Dec. 18, the Prytania will screen the documentaries “Great Invisible” at noon and 6 p.m. daily and “Citizenfour” at 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. daily.
Margaret Brown, director of “The Great Invisible,” will conduct a question-and-answer session at the film’s 8 p.m. screening Dec. 11.