COMMUNITY CINEMA

PRESENTED BY CFI EDUCATION

Join us for the new 2018-19 season of this popular documentary film series that brings people of all ages together for screenings and community-driven conversations. We invite local residents, school groups and organizations to learn about and discuss important issues and newsworthy topics. Meet new people, share stories, and join the conversation.

Admission is free, but seats must be reserved through Eventbrite

2018-2019 SEASON PROGRAM

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LIFE AFTER LIFE

MONDAY, SEPT. 17  •  NOON

Life After Life follows the stories of Harrison, Noel, and Chris as they return home from San Quentin State Prison. After spending most of their lives incarcerated, they each struggle to overcome personal demons and reconstruct their fractured lives. Grappling with day-to-day challenges and striving for success, they work to reconnect with family and provide for themselves for the first time in their adult lives. As their stories unfold over weeks, months and years, the precarious nature of freedom after incarceration in America is revealed.

Q&A immediately following screening
Guests: Director Tamara Perkins; Film Subject Noel Valdivia, Sr.

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DAWNLAND

MONDAY, OCT. 22  •  NOON

Follow the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission in the U.S., which investigates the devastating impact of Maine’s child welfare practices on Native American communities. With exclusive access to this groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, Dawnland reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States.

Q&A immediately following screening
Guests: Antionette Fabela

Antoinette Fabela is of Ojibwa, Aztec and Mayo ancestry and lives in Auburn, California where she works as an Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) CORE trainer, ICWA Qualified Expert Witness (QEW), advocate, and consultant. She has provided QEW training for the American Indian Resource Center in Oakland, the National Indian Justice Center in Santa Rosa, and other ICWA training for individual tribes in Northern and Southern California, and she worked as an Emergency Response/On-Going Native Services Social Worker in Placer County for 15 years.

Co-Presented with Museum for the American Indian
Located in Marin County and situated on a site of an actual Miwok Village, the Museum is dedicated to providing the people of Northern California with programs and exhibits that deepen understanding and appreciation of Native American cultures.

 

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INVENTING TOMORROW

FRIDAY, NOV. 16  •  NOON

INVENTING TOMORROW follows six young scientists from Indonesia, Hawaii, India and Mexico as they tackle some of the most complex environmental issues facing humanity today – right in their own backyards. Each student is preparing original scientific research that he or she will defend at ISEF, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Framed against the backdrop of the severe environmental threats we now face, we immerse the audience in a global view of the planetary crisis, through the eyes of the generation that will be affected by it most. Program 104 min + Q&A

Q&A immediately following screening
Guest: Sahithi Pingali

Sahithi Pingali is the 18-year-old creator of WaterInsights, an innovative technology-based platform for crowdsourcing water monitoring. She is currently expanding WaterInsights further through her non-profit organization, the Satkaro People Foundation, and has won several national and international awards for her work. Sahithi recently completed high school at Inventure Academy in Bangalore, India and is in her first year at Stanford University.

Thank you to our Community Partner Marin County Office Of Education

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FROM BAGHDAD TO THE BAY

MONDAY, DEC. 3  •  NOON

FROM BAGHDAD TO THE BAY follows the epic journey of Ghazwan Alsharif, an Iraqi refugee and former translator for the U.S. military. Wrongfully accused of being a double agent, tortured by the U.S. military and ostracized from family and country, we follow Ghazwan as he struggles to rebuild his life in the San Francisco Bay Area while coming out as an openly gay activist.

Discussion and Q&A immediately following screening
Confirmed Guests: Director Erin Palmquist and Co-Editor Andrew Gersh
Invited Guest: Ghazwan Alsharif

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LIYANA

MONDAY, JAN. 14  •  NOON

Creative sparks fly when young Swazi orphans are invited to tell their own story, inspired by harsh life experience and rich imagination. Famed South African storyteller Gcina Mhlophe encourages them to envision a character and draw, write, and enact the adventure. Together they invent Liyana and recount her dangerous quest to rescue her twin brothers, which is brought to life by gorgeous 3D and 2D animation. Directors Aaron and Amanda Kopp highlight the simple joy and beauty of the children at work and play in their group home on a farm. The horrors they’ve faced—hunger, abuse, violence, death of parents from HIV/AIDS—haven’t diminished their creativity and willingness to hope. Through collective storytelling, the orphans deepen their resilience by shaping Liyana’s quest and becoming heroes and heroines in their own lives.

Discussion and Q&A immediately following screening
Guest: Director Aaron Kopp

More films to be announced soon!

Free tickets to these community screenings are available ONLY through EVENTBRITE RSVP.
FIRST COME – FIRST SERVED  |  SEATING IS NOT GUARANTEED

If after reserving tickets you find that you or your group cannot attend, please cancel your reservation to allow room for others.