FREE COMMUNITY SCREENINGS

PRESENTED BY CFI EDUCATION

Join us for this neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens and POV, as well as other sources. We invite local residents, leaders and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation.

Attendance is free — No tickets needed, but seats must be reserved through Eventbrite RSVP

2017-2018 SEASON PROGRAM

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THE LONG SHADOW

MONDAY, NOV.13 • NOON

Of all the divisions in America, none is as insidious and tenacious as racism. In this powerful documentary, journalist and activist Frances Causey investigates the roots of our current racial conflicts. Haunted by slavery’s legacy, Causey seeks the untold stories that reveal how the sins of yesterday feed modern prejudice.

Q&A immediately following screening
Guests: Donald Goldmacher (producer), Maria Judice (impact producer)

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TELL THEM WE ARE RISING: THE STORY OF BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

MONDAY, JAN. 22 • NOON

TELL THEM WE ARE RISING explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played over the course of 150 years in American history, culture, and identity. This film reveals the rich history of HBCUs and the power of higher education to transform lives and advance civil rights and equality in the face of injustice.

Q&A immediately following screening
Guests TBA

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BIG SONIA

MONDAY, FEB. 26 • NOON

Standing tall at 4’8″, Sonia is one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors in Kansas City and one of the only survivors there who speaks publicly about her wartime experience. Sonia’s enormous personality and fragile frame mask the horrors she endured. At 15 she watched her mother disappear behind gas chamber doors. Sonia’s teenage years were a blur of concentration camps and death marches. On liberation day, she was accidentally shot through the chest, yet again miraculously survived. Sonia is the ultimate survivor, a bridge between cultures and generations. Her story must never be forgotten.

Q&A immediately following screening
Guest: Morrie Warshawski (film subject)

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THE CORRIDOR

MONDAY, MARCH 26 • NOON

Orange may be the new black, but documentaries that take us behind real jailhouse walls can still provide revelations. What’s it like to go to school while incarcerated? It means that the tools in your bike repair class are locked to the table and that classrooms come equipped with panic buttons. It means that room assignments take gang affiliation into account. And it means that exposing your ignorance is seen as a weakness, “becoming prey,” as one inmate-student describes it, in a world of predators. These are just some of the challenges that face participants in the San Francisco Sheriff Department’s pioneering program to help inmates earn their GEDs. Local filmmakers Richard O’Connell and Annelise Wunderlich trace students’ progress from orientation to graduation in this timely and quietly provocative documentary. Observational footage of school and jail routine is supported by a soundtrack of articulate reflections from guards, teachers, and inmates. Intertitles of statistics underline the daunting odds these students face, and their equally impressive achievements.

Q&A immediately following screening
Guests: Directors Annelise Wunderlich and Richard O’Connell; film subjects TBA

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LOOK AND SEE: WENDELL BERRY’S KENTUCKY

MONDAY, APRIL 16 • NOON

LOOK & SEE: WENDELL BERRY’S KENTUCKY is a portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the mind’s eye of award-winning writer and farmer Wendell Berry, back home in his native Henry County, Kentucky.

Q&A immediately following screening
Guests TBA

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SERVED LIKE A GIRL

MONDAY, MAY 21 • NOON

SERVED LIKE A GIRL provides a candid look at several American women as they transition from active duty to civilian life after serving tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Struggling with PTSD, homelessness, broken families, serious illness, physical injuries, and the aftermath of military sexual abuse, these amazing women find ways to adapt and overcome debilitating challenges through participation in the “Ms. Veteran America” competition. The women leverage their experiences gained through competition to recover the parts of themselves and their personal identities they had lost on the battlefield.

Q&A immediately following screening
Guests TBA

Free tickets to these community screenings are available ONLY through EVENTBRITE RSVP.
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