Reel Time Film Series

Residents of Holland can travel the world from the comfort of their own homes this winter, thanks to a free, virtual film series hosted by the City of Holland’s International Relations Commission (IRC). The annual Reel Time Film Series features documentaries running in November, December, and January.

Residents are invited to watch these documentaries and participate in follow-up discussion Q&A with the filmmakers. Viewing instructions are provided below.

Street Food: Asia

November 1-30, 2020 

Street Food Asia (2019) 

Available on Netflix 

From the creators of Chef’s Table, Street Food brings viewers to some of the world's most vibrant cities, where the rich culture of street food is explored. From the hawker stalls of Singapore to the food carts of India, this nine-episode series highlights the stories of perseverance and culture that bring life to the cuisines of Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, South Korea and Vietnam. Nine episodes, approximately 30 minutes each. 

Angels Are Made of Light

December 1-14, 2020 

Angels are Made of Light (2018) 

Available on Grasshopper Film: Register at 

A stirring and beautiful documentary from Academy Award-nominated director James Longley (Iraq in Fragments), Angels Are Made of Light traces the lives of young students and their teachers at a school in the old city of Kabul. Interweaving the modern history of Afghanistan with present-day portraits, the film offers an intimate and nuanced vision of a society living in the shadow of war. Running time: 1h 57min. 

A Wrap-Up Discussion Q&A with filmmaker James Longley is scheduled for Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 7-8 pm. 

Pad Yatra

January 1-14, 2021 

PAD YATRA: A Green Odyssey (2012) 

Available on Good Docs : Link will be sent to registrants

This award-winning documentary weaves ancient Buddhist spiritual traditions, global environmentalism, and Tibetan and Himalayan culture. Viewers join the adventure of 700 people trekking across the Himalayas with a call to save the planet’s “3rd Pole,” a glacial region now devastated by the climate chaos associated with global warming. Shot with solar power PAD YATRA: A Green Odyssey gives unprecedented access into religious communities rarely seen on film. Running time 1h 10min. 

A Wrap-Up Discussion Q&A with filmmaker Wendy J.N. Lee is scheduled for Monday, January 11, 2021 from 7-8 pm.