Through its annual Reel Time film series, the City of Holland's International Relations Commission (IRC) provides opportunities for area residents to gain increased awareness and insights into different cultures abroad and at home. The Commission selected 4 films for this year's series, How Did We Get Here? How Man-Made Structures, the Media, and the Military Have Shaped Our World. The films explore the human, political, and geographical impact that man-made structures such as the Panama Canal and the Berlin Wall have on history, the ripple effect of U.S. intervention in Latin America, and how media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has shaped U.S. opinion and policy. All showings are hosted by the Herrick District Library. The programs are free of charge and include audience discussion moderated by local historians and subject-matter experts.
The IRC launched its film series in 2017 in support of its overall mission to build and maintain meaningful relationships between the people of Holland and the wider world through cultural, educational and professional contact. Last year's theme was "This New American Life: A Quarterly Series on Finding Home in a Foreign Land" and focused on immigration stories.