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Movies on the House


Your ticket to the greatest films you have never seen. 

Some of the finest, provocative, beautifully made and stirring films don’t make it to the multiplex theaters. Or if they do, they disappear too quickly for most of us to see. MOTH is here to bring you, for free, some of the world’s greatest films that may have escaped your attention. MOTH screens films at the Andrew A. Robinson Jr. Theater and the UNF Gallery of Art on the UNF campus, and downtown at MOCA JacksonvilleEvery month during Fall and Spring Semester you have a chance to see the finest achievements in cinema. We scour the underground, the festivals, and the world, to give you must-see films that will warm, singe or burn you. If you can take the heat, come to the light.

Following a hiatus for the safety of all during the COVID-19 pandemic, Movies on the House returns in full swing this fall semester. We would like you to follow our Recommended Films that we WOULD have loved to see with you. 

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History of MOTH

In 1998, UNF President Fretwell wanted to create a community centered on cinema. He established a fund that could provide students, faculty, staff and the wider community with great films to ponder, discuss, debate, be outraged and be moved by. He knew that film was the source of our most widely shared stories, and that watching films together helps us understand each other in a way that can never happen by watching films alone on our laptops, phones and televisions. With the generous and unwavering support of President John A. Delaney, and the future support of the University, MOTH will continue to bring us together around a love of film.

The series was first housed at Regal Cinema on Beach Blvd. Following a generous donation of 35mm film equipment from Regal Inc, we began projecting films on campus. Now with HD digital replacing 35mm film, we project films in Andrew A. Robinson Jr. Theater's newly renovated screening rooms, the UNF Gallery of Art, and in the screening room of MOCA Jacksonville downtown.  

Upcoming Movies

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Five Latin American Contemporary Shorts — MUESTRA 5C

Spanish with English subtitles

The goal of Muestra 5C is to provide an alternative space for Mexican and international filmmakers and to immerse in a multidisciplinary space for artistic practice, with dialogue between authors, spectators, and their work. Watch La melodía torrencial (José Luis Saturno, 2022), a stop-motion short mixing fantasy, climate change, and surrealism in the midst of a drought; Return to the Onyx Womb (Benjamín Alcántara, 2022), an intimate portrait of a worker in his mountain of onyx marble; Las huellas que vamos dejando (Andrés Alonso Ayala, 2022), the story of a community self-government fighting for clandestine logging in rural Michoacán; El torito, una danza libre (Roberto Antonio Salazar, 2021), a documentary about LGBTTIQ+ communities in Mexican carnival, and the appropriation of queer voices through the “Maringuía”; and Entre líneas (Juan Paulín Lara, 2022), a story about life during and after COVID-19 pandemic.

We will gather at the UNF Gallery of Art at 7 p.m. with programming to begin at 7:30 p.m. We will hear brief introductions from the filmmakers and discuss the films afterward. 

WEDNESDAY,  SEPTEMBER 13, 2023, 7:30 P.M.


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French with English subtitles

After Raw in 2016, Julia Ducournau continued her exploration of the human body with Titane, a 2021 French body horror psychological drama film that smells of sweat, blood, and motor oil. The film is pop and trash, pink and blue, nervous and sentimental, and questions identity, filiation, and desire. It evokes both the cinema of David Cronenberg and the universe of Japanese Hentai. Careful, this film is a rollercoaster.

Visit Titane on the IMDB website

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2023, 7:30 P.M.


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Noise / Ruido

Spanish with English subtitles

Named by the public “The movie that shouldn’t exist”, Ruido is making a lot of noise, showing the silenced cruelty of disappeared women, families shattered by violence, and prevailing corruption. Nataliz Beristáin’s third film allows us to recognize through the eyes of a mother the pain of loss and the impotence towards institutions but also opens the dialogue about sorority and the healing power of community, art, and embroidery.

Join us and learn more about Dr. Constanza López’s project Embroidering for Peace and Memory

Visit Ruido on the IMDB website

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2023, 7:30 P.M.


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Huesera: The Bone Woman

Spanish with English subtitles

Garza Cervera’s opera prima, Huesera: The Bone Woman, is one of those horror movies that you won’t be able to easily forget. A supernatural-maternal drama, this film is perfect for a celebration of Halloween and Día de Muertos, taking a traditional healing role of “bone-cracking” into a surreal nightmare. Visceral, physical, and thrilling, the film is also a plea against domestication and a resignification of heteronormative roles in Mexican society.

Join us after the film screening for Q&A with director, Michelle Garza, and a celebration of Día de Muertos at MOCA Jacksonville.

Visit Huesera: The Bone Woman on the IMDB website

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2023, 7:30 P.M.


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Saint Omer

French with English subtitles

If you like true stories, the myth of Medea, and the work of Raymond Depardon, Pialat or Bresson, come and see 2022 French legal drama Saint Omer by Alice Diop. After eight documentaries, Saint Omer is Diop’s first narrative feature. In the film, Rama (Kagame) is a pregnant young novelist who attends the trial of Laurence Coly (Malanda), a Senegalese woman accused of murdering her 15-month-old child. The film won the Silver Lion Grand Jury prize along with the Luigi De Laurentiis Lion of the Future award at the Venice International Film Festival.

Visit Saint Omer on the IMDB website

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2023, 7:30 P.M.


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