Social forum film series
This series takes place at The Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way in Nevada City, on Tuesday, 7:35 p.m. The suggested donation is $4, and a discussion takes place after each screening.
July 3 Ð “Eyes on the Prize: Volume 6 Ð Bridge to Freedom” (1965). SFFS continues its presentation of the most comprehensive television documentary ever produced on the American civil rights movement. It focuses on the events, issues, triumphs and tragedies of ordinary people as they tested their power to effect change in America in the years from 1954 through 1965, a period termed “the Second American Revolution.” Bridge to Freedom considers the lessons of a decade and the role of national television in the struggle for civil rights. TV images of troopers gassing demonstrators on a Selma bridge fill living rooms. From across the nation, 25,000 people make the climactic march from Selma to Montgomery, helping to ensure the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 60 minutes. http://www.pbsvideoinsider.org.
July 10 Ð “Tell the Truth and Run.” George Seldes and the American Press (1996). This award-winning examination of censorship and suppression in the America press profiles pioneering press critic George Seldes. Seldes was a noted foreign correspondent in World War I and in the 1920s in Europe. Fiercely independent, he was threatened with a court-martial by General Pershing, censored by the Bolsheviks and expelled by the Italian Fascists in 1925, barely escaping with his life. Seldes became a press critic in the 1930s. His books criticized the “Lords of the Press” and the big money that distorted and colored the news. In 1940, he started his own investigative weekly, In Fact: An Antidote for Falsehoods in the Daily Press, which pioneered modern American press criticism. 111 minutes. http://www.imdb.com.
July 17 Ð “Suzuki Speaks” (2004). Earth + Air + Fire + Water = Life. In a time when people are thirsty for honesty, inspiration, meaning and global change, comes renowned scientist and visionary Dr. David Suzuki, delivering the most important message of his career: what it means to be fully human in our interconnected universe. The film’s stunning motion graphics weave a tapestry that transforms Dr. Suzuki’s wisdom into a complete sensory experience, literally creating new worlds and new ways of seeing. Suzuki Speaks will leave you feeling renewed. 60 minutes. http://www.avanti.com.
July 24 Ð “Inherit the Wind: The Landmark Trial That Forever Changed A Nation” (1960). Two great lawyers argue the case for and against a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution. This film is a re-enactment of the play about the trial in 1925 of a school teacher who dared to teach Darwinian theory in his classroom. He did this as a consequence of one of his student’s request to know… and the trial (dubbed the ‘Monkey Trial’) pitted the great attorney of the day, Clarence Darrow, against the often running presidential candidate, and famous orator, William Jennings Bryan. 113 minutes http://www.amazon.com.
July 31 Ð “Visit Palestine” (2005). “Peace activist” Caiomhe Butterly is one of a growing number of volunteers who risk their own safety to intervene in the long-running and bloody conflict between Israel and Palestine. In this film, Butterly describes witnessing the aftermath of the attack on Jenin in April 2002. The film follows her work, the main emphasis being “the accompaniment of communities at risk.” Despite being threatened, shot in the leg and deported later that year, she is determined to go back. An inspiring story! 78 minutes. http://www.visitpalestine.info.
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