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Welcome to the Peace & Justice Film Series!
Welcome to the Fall 2011 Peace & Justice Film Series!
This season we will show a variety of films to capture all interests. Most films will address current and pressing issues of our time, and we hope to provide a place for education and for people to speak out their opinions and learn their options for action. These films will be showing almost every Thursday from February 3 to April 28, 2011. We hope you will join us in watching and discussing these films.
Schedule: We will be showing documentary and historical
films most Thursdays through April 28th, 2011. All events start at 7:00pm. Almost all films will be shown in the U.C. Theater at the University of Montana. The only exception will be Teachings of the Tree People on April 21. That will be shown in the Urey Underground Lecture Hall, also on the University campus.
Admission: By Donation. No one is turned away.
There will be a lively and respectful
discussion after each screening of every film. All of these movies are thought provoking, so please stay afterwards and share your thoughts with other members of the community. We encourage participants with all points
of view to attend: diversity of opinion leads to richer discussions and deeper
“We’re stuck up a cul-de-sac in a cement SUV without a fill-up”
The End of Suburbia
Oil Depletion and
Collapse of the American Dream
(Canada: 2004, 78min.)
Feturing Michael Klare & James Howard Kunstler
Thursday February 4, 2011, 7:00pm
Since World War II, North Americans have invested much of their newfound wealth in suburbia. It has promised a sense of space, affordability, family life and upward mobility. As the population of suburban sprawl has exploded in the past 50 years, so too has the suburban way of life become embedded in the American consciousness.
Suburbia, and all its promises, has become the American Dream. In the era of “Peak Oil”, it now appears that this dream is no longer sustainable. What can be done, and what are the consequences of inaction?
6th Annual Missoula Labor Film Festival
A Perfect Compliment to the Peace & Justice Film Series
Friday & Saturday February 4 – 5, 2011
At the Roxy Theater, Missoula
Do you know what your rights are if you're stopped by police?
10 Rules for Dealing With Police
(USA: 2009, 40 min.)
By Roger Sorkin and Rubin Whitmore II
Thursday February 10, 2011, 7:00pm,
Narrated by the legendary trial lawyer William "Billy" Murphy, Jr. (from HBO’s The Wire), 10 Rules for Dealing with Police depicts innocent people dealing with heavy-handed policing tactics used every day in the United States. Do you know what your rights are if you're stopped by police? Most people don't, and the consequences can be severe. From simple misunderstandings to illegal searches and excessive force, a bad police encounter can happen to anyone. But after watching 10 Rules for Dealing with Police, you'll be more confident and better prepared to handle every kind of police situation.
No Film This Week Because of the
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Thursday February 11 – 20, 2010
The rise of apocalyptic Christian nationalism
from the fever swamps to the center of American empire
(USA: 2006, 88 min.)
by Michael W. Wilson & Natalie Zimmerman
Thursday February 24, 2011, 7:00pm
Silhouette City spans the evolution, commercialization, and politicization of religious extremism. Beginning with the survivalist sect called The Covenant, The Sword & The Arm of the Lord and ending with the advancement of the Christian Right, Silhouette City leaves no stone unturned. The documentary dually functions as an informing essay and an eye-opening plummet into an unsettling realm of fundamentalist ideology and religious intolerance. It ends with a note of hope as ahorrific crime is diverted.
The murder that ignited the Asian American civil rights movement
(USA: 2010, 40 min.)
Winner of the 2009 Media Award
from the National Association for Multicultural Education
Thursday March 3, 2011, 7:00pm
In 1982, Vincent Chin was murdered in Detroit by two white autoworkers who said, "it's because of you mother** that we're out of work." When the judged fined the killers a mere $3,000 and three years of probation, Asian Americans around the country galvanized to form a real community and movement. This documentary, inspired by a series of townhalls organized by Asian Pacific Americans for Progress on the 25th Anniversary of the case, features interviews with key players at the time, as well as a whole new generation of activists. “Vincent Who?” asks how far Asian Americans have come since then and how far we have yet to go.
A shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health
(USA: 2009, 90 min.)
2009 Academy Award: Best Feature Documentary
Thursday March 10, 2011, 7:00pm
Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health
It’s Been 50 Years Since President Eisenhower
Warned of the Military-Industrial Complex
War Made Easy
How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death
(USA: 2009, 90 min.)
2009 Academy Award: Best Feature Documentary
Thursday March 17, 2011 7:00pm
War Made Easy reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Narrated by actor and activist Sean Penn, the film exhumes remarkable archival footage of official distortion and exaggeration from LBJ to George W. Bush, revealing in stunning detail how the American news media have uncritically disseminated the pro-war messages of successive presidential administrations.
You Can't Vote Them Out When The Fix Is In
(USA: 2006, 82 min.)
Directed by Simon Ardizzone, Robert Cohen & Russell Michaels
Thursday March 25, 2011, 7:00pm
The shocking HBO documentary Hacking Democracy exposes the secrecy, cronyism, and incompetence of US elections as it captures a citizen’s movement intent on taking back elections — and democracy itself. The film the Diebold Corporation doesn’t want you to see follows Bev Harris and her band of citizen-activists as they ask: How does America count its votes?
The Classic Documentary about the Vietnam War
Hearts and Minds
(USA: 1974, 112 min.)
1974 Academy Award, Best Documentary
Thursday March 31, 2011, 7:00pm
Peter Davis’s landmark documentary Hearts and Minds unflinchingly confronts the United States' involvement in Vietnam. A recounting of the history and attitudes of the opposing sides of the Vietnam War using archival news footage as well as their own film and interviews. Explosive, persuasive, and shocking, the film is an overwhelming emotional experience and the controversial winner of the 1974 Academy Award for Best Documentary.
Thursday April 7, 2011
Spring Break! No Film This Week...
A tragedy where children are both the weapons and the victims
(USA: 2003, 55 min.)
Directed by Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey & Laren Poole
Thursday April 14, 2011, 7:00pm
In the spring of 2003, three young Americans traveled to Africa in search of a story. What they found was a tragedy that horrified and inspired them: children are the weapons and the victims of war. The “Invisible Children: Rough Cut” film exposes the effects of a 20 year-long war on the children of Northern Uganda. These children live in fear of abduction by rebel soldiers or are being forced to fight as a part of a violent army.
Hear the Voice of the Natural World
Teachings of the Tree People
The Work of Bruce Miller
(USA: 2006, 58 min.)
By Katie Jennings and Tracy Rector
Thursday April 21, 2011, 7:00pm
Location: Urey Underground Lecture Hall
Known to the Skokomish people of the Pacific Northwest as “subiyay,” Bruce Miller interpreted the silent teachings of the natural world for anyone who wanted to learn. This gentle and generous film documents his race against time and ailing health to pass the knowledge of his ancestors on to those who would listen.
The life and work of Native American poet-prophet-activist John Trudell
(USA: 2009, 87 min.)
Produced by Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno
Thursday April 28, 2011, 7:00pm
Urey Underground Lecture Hall
In Trudell, filmmaker Heather Rae presents the engaging life story of Native American poet-prophet-activist John Trudell, one of the most insightful and eloquent philosophers of our time. Trudell’s heartfelt message of active, personal responsibility to the earth, all of its inhabitants, and our descendants is clear and self-evident. At its most basic level, Trudell is an eye-opening documentary that challenges belief systems. At its loftiest, Trudell will inspire you to reawaken your spirit.
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