Tuesday October 4th, 2016
7:00- 8:30 Pauling 216
Rodando en La Habana: bicycle stories
(30 min, Spanish with English subs, dir. Santos and Hosek)
Q&A with Professor and director Jennifer Hosek
When the Soviet Union fell, Cuba pedaled its way to independence–by bicycle. What has become of Havana’s sole-powered communities born out of the need to move without petrol? Many city inhabitants live, love or hate the bicycle these days. However, unlike in the toughest part of the Special Period, they struggle with difficulties like expensive spare parts and inadequate public infrastructure. This documentary by Jaime Santos Menéndez and Jennifer Ruth Hosek takes us into the diverse and yet similar lives of five Havana cyclists. Guided by a Virgilesque, street-wise mechanic, it maps the city and relates a unique people’s history begun in the nineties past of the Chinese Forever bicycle. Rodando’s bicycle-level vision reveals a lot about Cuba’s present and future.
Soka University Presents…
A Community Cinema Event
November 6th 7-8:30 PM
FREE & open to the public
A Path Appears
a film by Maro Chermayeff
A Path Appears goes to the USA, Colombia, Haiti, and Kenya to reveal the incredible adversity faced every day by millions of women and girls, while also presenting glimpses of hope and change. From the team that brought you the groundbreaking Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.
COMMUNITY CINEMA AT SOKA UNIVERSITY PRESENTS
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Pauling 216
A once-booming community beset by a crippled economy and a dwindling population is the setting for this documentary following a down-but-not-out varsity basketball team over a season. The team’s struggle to compete parallels the town’s own fight for survival.
Free Community Cinema Screening
The Graduates/Los Graduados by Bernardo Ruiz
Thurs. October 17, 2013 7-8:30 PM
Pressing issues in education today are explored through the eyes of a diverse array of Latino and Latina adolescents from across the United States in this eye-opening documentary on the challenges facing bot the students, their families, educators and community leaders.
The Independent Television Service (ITVS), PBS SoCal (KOCE-TV) and Soka University of America are pleased to announce the fifth year of the Community Cinema series. The largest public interest outreach program in public or commercial television, Community Cinema features a sneak peek of six documentaries set to broadcast on the award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. Community Cinema, in partnership with Soka University’s Humanities Program and Student Affairs, screens films from October through May.
After the screenings, Community Cinema features panel discussions with community-based organizations, special guest speakers, information, resources, and other programming designed to help our students and community learn more about the issues and get involved. Faculty members are encouraged to incorporate these films in their class curricula.
For more information about the films and Community Cinema visit: communitycinema.org
Panelists: Professor James Spady, Soka University of America, Carolyn Torres–MA from California State University Long Beach (Chicano Studies) political activist (Dream Act) Jesus Cortez.
Guests: Valley View High School Students and Staff (50+ participants)