Social Forum Film Series hosts February screenings |

Social Forum Film Series hosts February screenings

The following films are shown Tuesdays at The Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way in Nevada City, at 7:35 p.m.; admission is $4. A discussion takes place after the screenings.

Feb. 7 – “Bob Marley and the Wailers: The Bob Marley Story “Caribbean Nights” (1986). Another Bob Marley birthday celebration, this time in Nevada County. This award-winning documentary traces the life of Bob Marley, from interviews with his friends and family to rare archive footage of interviews with Bob Marley himself. We remember the brilliant and evocative music Bob Marley gave the world, music that stretched back over nearly two decades. This program captures the feel and timelessness of that music and the man himself. Indeed, a celebration of love, creativity, hope and action. 100 minutes;

Feb. 14 – “Sex, Death, & Dreams from Brian Swimme’s Canticle to the Cosmos” (1990). We continue delving into our 12-video “Canticle to the Cosmos” series (now available at Madelyn Helling Library) with Cosmological Principle Seven: Genetic coding process is the process through which the world of the living articulates itself and its being and its activities. The great wonder is the creative interaction of the multiple codings among themselves. “Canticle to the Cosmos” is the story of our time, presented by mathematical cosmologist Brian Swimme of California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco. Swimme developed this course of study in response to Thomas Berry’s insight – that the universe and the earth are the primary context for understanding the role of the human. Three hundred years of empirical investigation have given us a new cosmology that manifests in Berry’s 12 principles of a functional cosmology. Each film is 55 minutes;

Feb. 21 – “Race and Response in the Wake of Katrina” (December 2005). This provocative interdisciplinary panel discussion that features Santa Barbara mayor Marty Blum and UCSB faculty experts was sponsored by the UCSB Black Studies Department and Center for Black Studies. It examines the complex interaction of race, access to resources, and the reaction from neighboring communities and the federal and local government before and after Hurricane Katrina. The panel also explores the conflicts and confusion surrounding the future rebuilding of New Orleans. This film is a powerful indictment of our lack of preparation for disasters, and our lack of willingness to protect, even save, our most-vulnerable citizens. 89 minutes;

Feb. 28 – “With the Poor of the Earth” (2004). This revealing yet colorful film graphically shows the contradiction between the 80 percent of Venezuelans who live in poverty and the vast potential wealth of that country. The ongoing revolutionary process is examined from its beginnings in the 1980s to the first anniversary of the April 2002 coup against the democratically elected government of Hugo Chavez Frias. The role of the U.S. government and the media is also highlighted. This documentary on Venezuela by the Center for Research into Latin American Popular Memory (MEPLA) presents – through interviews, music, and footage from across the country – the profound social and economic changes taking place as Venezuela comes to life, with emphasis on the participation of Venezuela’s millions of poor in the revolutionary process. SFFS helped support the Hands Off Venezuela Campaign and raise awareness of events in Venezuela through our purchase of this DVD. 57 minutes;

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