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No Small Matter. On Saturday, April 27, cities across Arizona will screen this documentary, and Tucson is joining in! The Screening Room is hosting a showing of a documentary which takes a look at early childhood education across the United States, showing the importance of those first five years. This film combines personal stories, statistics and history to show the power early education has on American families. A community discussion follows the screening. Hosted by Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children and Southern Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27. 127 East Congress Street. Free.

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I Dream In Widescreen. The University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television is presenting their 2019 thesis films! Check out these locally made movies from up-and-coming director hopefuls. With a wide range of topics and film types, you never know what you'll see at this Fox Theatre event. 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 27. 17 W. Congress St. $5.

Alive Inside. This community rental of the Loft Cinema explores music's ability to empower and combat memory loss. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett traveled around the country to capture music's impact on those suffering from life-threatening illnesses. Hosted by Harmony Hospice and the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer's. 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28. 3233 East Speedway Boulevard. Free.

Agave: Spirit Of A Nation. Part of the Agave Heritage Festival, this is a free screening of a documentary showing how one plant can affect the culture, art, cuisine and even worldview of nations. Yes, the agave plant is powerful, and that's why many people are also trying to protect it. 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 30. Loft Cinema, 3233 East Speedway Blvd. Free.

Free Solo. Winner of the Best Documentary Feature at the 2019 Oscars, this film is not for those with acrophobia. This free screening, presented outdoors on the UA Mall, follows rock climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the 3000-foot face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park—without a rope. It is harrowing and it is incredible. Come to the screening early to try out a climbing wall! 8 to 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 1. 1303 E. University Blvd. Free.

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Ferngully. For their kids movie and craft night, Bookmans' midtown location is screening this 1992 animated musical fantasy. Right alongside The Lorax and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, this is the film most likely to turn you or your kids into a darn environmentalist. In it, a logger stumbles into a jungle inhabited by magic fairies. Together they have to protect their fragile homeland from the evil personification of pollution, voiced by none other than Tim "oh my god my love for him knows no bounds" Curry. 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 26. 3330 East Speedway Boulevard.

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