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

2016-2017 SEASON PROGRAM

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NEWTOWN

MONDAY, MARCH 20 • NOON

Filmed over the course of nearly three years, the filmmakers use unique access and never before heard testimonies to tell a story of the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history on December 14, 2012. NEWTOWN documents a traumatized community fractured by grief and driven toward a sense of purpose. Joining the ranks of a growing club to which no one wants to belong, a cast of characters interconnect to weave an intimate story of community resilience.

Q&A immediately following screening
Speaker: Lorrain Franklin-Taylor, Founder 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence

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NATIONAL BIRD

MONDAY, APRIL 3 • NOON

NATIONAL BIRD, by Sonia Kennebeck, follows the dramatic journey of three whistleblowers who are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial current affairs issues of our time: The secret U. S. drone war. At the center of the film are three U.S. veterans. Tortured by guilt over participating in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries, they decide to speak out publicly, despite the possible consequences. Their stories take dramatic turns, leading one of the protagonists to Afghanistan where she learns about a horrendous incident. But her journey also gives hope for peace and redemption. National Bird gives rare insight into the U.S. drone program through the eyes of veterans and survivors, connecting their stories as never seen before in a documentary.

Q&A immediately following screening
Speaker: Ines Hofmann Kanna, Producer NATIONAL BIRD

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UNLOCKING THE CAGE

MAY 1, 2017

Unlocking the Cage follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans. After thirty years of struggling with ineffective animal welfare laws, Steve and his legal team, the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), are making history by filing the first lawsuits that seek to transform an animal from a thing with no rights to a person with legal protections. Supported by affidavits from primatologists around the world, Steve maintains that, based on scientific evidence, cognitively complex animals such as chimpanzees, whales, dolphins, and elephants have the capacity for limited personhood rights (such as bodily liberty) that would protect them from physical abuse. Using writs of habeas corpus (historically used to free humans from unlawful imprisonment), Wise argues on behalf of four captive chimpanzees in New York State. Unlocking the Cage captures a monumental shift in our culture, as the public and judicial system show increasing receptiveness to Steve’s impassioned arguments. It is an intimate look at a lawsuit that could forever transform our legal system, and one man’s lifelong quest to protect “nonhuman” animals.

Q&A immediately following screening
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REAL BOY

JUNE, 2017

REAL BOY is an intimate story of a family in transition. As 19-year-old Bennett Wallace navigates early sobriety, late adolescence, and the evolution of his gender identity, his mother makes her own transformation from resistance to acceptance of her trans son. Along the way, both mother and son find support in their communities, reminding us that families are not only given, but chosen.

Q&A immediately following screening
Invited Guest: Shaleece Haas, Director REAL BOY

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EARLIER THIS YEAR…

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HOOLIGAN SPARROW

MONDAY, OCT. 24  •  NOON

The danger is palpable as intrepid young filmmaker Nanfu Wang follows maverick activist Ye Haiyan (aka Hooligan Sparrow) and her band of colleagues to southern China as they seek justice in the case of six elementary school girls allegedly sexually abused by their principal.

Q&A immediately following screening

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PAINTED NAILS

MONDAY, NOV. 14  •  NOON

Local filmmakers enter the rich culture of Vietnamese-American Van Hoang’s bustling nail salon in the Mission District of San Francisco and her fight against toxic chemicals in beauty products.

Q&A immediately following screening with Van Hoang, Film Subject; Dianne Griffin, Producer/Co-Director; Erica Jordan, Producer/Co-Director

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MEET THE PATELS

MONDAY, DEC. 5  •  NOON

Ravi Patel is almost 30 and still single, and his tradition-minded Hindu family is not happy. After he breaks up with his white girlfriend, he enters the semi-arranged marriage system in America. Meet the Patels explores the influences of culture and identity on the most intense, personal, and important part of one’s life — love.

 

Q&A immediately following screening with Jasbina Ahluwalia, Relationship Expert, Matchmaker/Dating Coach and Radio Show host.

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A BITTER LEGACY

MONDAY, JAN. 30 • NOON

The Japanese American incarceration camps are a widely known shame. Less known is that some camps were secret prisons to isolate US citizen “troublemakers” from other prisoners. This film looks at those “Citizen Isolation Centers”, now considered to be precursors to Guantanamo, and examines the similarities to issues facing us today, regarding racism, immigration restrictions and the denigration of entire peoples based on their race, religion and ethnic background.

Q&A immediately following screening
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THE BAD KIDS

MONDAY, FEB. 13  •  NOON

Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is one of California’s alternative schools for students at risk of dropping out. Every student here has fallen so far behind in credits that they have no hope of earning a diploma at a traditional high school. Extraordinary educators believe that, more than academics, it is love,empathy and life skills that give at-risk so called “bad students” command of their own futures. Black Rock is their last chance.

Q&A immediately following screening
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