COMMUNITY CINEMA

PRESENTED BY CFI EDUCATION

Join us for the new 2019-20 season of our free weekday matinee documentary film series that brings people of all ages together for screenings and community-driven conversations around meaningful and urgent issues.

New programs will be added as they are confirmed. Check back regularly for program updates!

Free tickets to these community screenings are available at the Rafael box office and online, please click below to reserve your seat(s)
FIRST COME – FIRST SERVED  |  SEATING IS NOT GUARANTEED

2019-2020 SEASON PROGRAM

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UNSETTLED: SEEKING REFUGE IN AMERICA

MONDAY, SEPT. 16  •  NOON

Bay Area filmmaker Tom Shepard’s powerful new documentary tells the untold stories of LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers who have fled intense persecution in their home countries and are attempting to resettle in the United States. The film follows four new arrivals, each of whom have escaped potential peril in their native countries for being different. They’ve landed in the purported “gay mecca” of San Francisco yet, even here, building a new life in an adopted nation is a precarious undertaking. As the current Administration continues to restrict immigrants and drastically cut the flow of refugees and asylum seekers, Unsettled is a timely look at the challenges and perseverance of four refugees on a quest for a better tomorrow.

Discussion and Q&A immediately following screening with director Tom Shepard

Thank you to our Community Partners  The Spahr Center and African Human Rights Coalition (African HRC)

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THE GREAT AMERICAN LIE

MONDAY, OCT. 21  •  NOON

Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and First Partner of California Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s newest documentary aims to expose social and economic immobility, as viewed through the lens of American’s gendered values. As increasing inequality has created deep social, economic, and political divides, The Great American Lie exposes how this inequality is rooted in our core beliefs, with the cultural pendulum swinging too far towards revering things we consider “masculine”—like individualism, power, and money—at the expense of things we consider “feminine”—like empathy, care, and collaboration. The Great American Lieblends elements of her previous films focused on gender (Miss Representation, The Mask You Live In) to unpack the even bigger and more urgent issues that affect us all.

Discussion and Q&A immediately following screening with producer Amanda Mortimer

THE FIRST RAINBOW COALITION

MONDAY, NOV. 18  •  NOON

In 1969, the Chicago Black Panther Party began to form a multi-ethnic coalition with the Young Lords Organization and the Young Patriots. Banding together in one of the most segregated cities in post-war America, the Rainbow Coalition changed the face of 1960s Chicago politics and created an organizing model for future activists and politicians. 56 min + discussion

Themes: civic engagement and community organizing; multi-ethnic coalition and community building; police and community relations; affordable housing; racism and classism

Discussion and Q&A immediately following screening
Invited Guest: Ericka Huggins

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT TICKETING:

Effective March 1, we have changed the ticketing system for Community Cinema. Community Cinema tickets will now be processed through the Rafael Box Office rather than through Eventbrite, in order to help us better streamline our systems.

Community Cinema tickets are still free, but you must have a ticket to attend the screening. Please select the “Print-at-Home” option when ordering your ticket online, and then either print your ticket at home to bring with you, or show it on your mobile device at the door.

Please arrive earlyfor all Community Cinema screenings. Since this is a free screening, we experience many no-shows and must overbook the theater in order to compensate. Your ticket will not guarantee you a seat if we are already full when you arrive.

You will no longer receive reminder emails about your attendance or asking if you need to cancel, so if you register for a screening but find you are unable to attend, we would be extremely grateful if you would email us at [email protected] to cancel your reservation so we can offer your seat to another patron (and help us pare down the number of aforementioned no-shows).

Thanks for your support of Community Cinema!