FREE Thursday, April 20, 2017, 7 – 9 Pm
National Bird follows the dramatic journey of whistleblowers who are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war. The tense and timely film, which had to be made in relative secrecy, gives rare insight into the American drone program through the eyes of veterans and survivors. Plagued by guilt over the killing of faceless people in foreign countries and suffering from PTSD, the veterans decide to speak out publicly, despite the possible consequences. Executive produced by renowned filmmakers Wim Wenders and Errol Morris.
SOKA COMMUNITY CINEMA PRESENTS INDIE LENS POP-UP – THE BAD KIDS
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Pauling 216
Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is an alternative school for students at risk of dropping out; Black Rock is their last chance. Extraordinary educators believe that empathy and life skills, more than academics, give these underserved students command of their own futures.
For more information about the films and Indie Lens Pop-up, visit: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/indie-lens-pop-up/
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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.