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Women’s history focus of March Social Forum films

The Social Forum Film Series for the month of March at the Magic Theater, 107 Argall St., Nevada City, includes films that honor Women’s History Month. Each film starts at 7:35 p.m., with a suggested donation of $4.

The scheduled films are as follows:

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March 15 – “The Burning Times” (1990)

Series documents the European witch hunts from a feminist, Goddess-centered point of view, with commentary by Margot Adler, Starhawk, and Matthew Fox. This gripping film was directed by Donna Read, and examines why both church and state tried to eradicate women known as witches. What does this history mean for our society today? 58 minutes.




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March 22 – “Fatal Fallout” (2003)

This documentary feature film examines the potentially catastrophic consequences of a meltdown from a mechanical failure or terrorist attack at nuclear power plants located near major cities – such as New York, Los Angeles and Boston.

Experts have stated that a meltdown or major radioactive release at such plants could result in chronic radiation sickness, cancer, or death for tens if not hundreds of thousands of the regions’ citizens, and render much of these metropolitan areas permanently uninhabitable.

Equally compelling, the film brings to light the dangers that low-level radiation emissions from the currently 103 operating nuclear power plants across the country pose to the health of people every day.

Additionally, the documentary offers a hopeful vision for the future in its overview of safe energy alternatives, such as solar and wind, making “Fatal Fallout” not just a film, but also a public health project. http://www.garynull.com/Issues/SafeEnergy

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March 29 – “Iron-Jawed Angels” (2004)

Returning to SFFS by popular demand. Defiant young activists Alice Paul and Lucy Burns were radicals who took the women’s suffrage movement by storm in the 1920s, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote. Their efforts led to attack, imprisonment and final victory.

Starring Hilary Swank, Julia Ormond, Brooke Smith, Anjelica Huston, Patrick Dempsey, and Frances O’Connor, this inspiring and acclaimed HBO film was directed by Katja von Garnier.


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