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Community Cinema at the Library

Twin Cities area public libraries host free screenings of films from the award-winning PBS series Independent Lens as part of its national engagement program, Community Cinema. Community Cinema pairs independent films with lively panel discussions featuring local experts and community leaders and moderated by hosts from tpt. These free screenings are presented in partnership with tpt, MELSA, and the Independent Television Service.

 

 

 


Past screenings:

Soul Food JunkiesSoul Food Junkies
by Byron Hurt

Monday, January 14, 2013, 7-8:30 p.m.
Merriam Park Library
1831 Marshall Ave, St. Paul  

www.sppl.org  


Moderator: David Gillette, Twin Cities Public Television
Panelists: Cindy Nelson Kaigama and Sara Kelly

Soul food lies at the heart of African American cultural identity. The black community’s love affair with soul food is deep-rooted, complex, and in some cases, deadly. Soul Food Junkies puts this culinary tradition under the microscope to examine both its significance and its consequences. 

Download a discussion guide

 

The PowerbrokerThe Powerbroker:
Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights

by Bonnie Boswell

Monday, February 4, 2013, 7-8:30 p.m.
Merriam Park Library
1831 Marshall Ave, St. Paul  

www.sppl.org  

Moderator: David Gillette, Twin Cities Public Television
Panelists: Melvin Carter, Saint Paul City Council and Vanne Owens Hayes

Whitney M. Young, Jr. was one of the most celebrated and controversial leaders of the civil rights era. As executive director of the National Urban League, he took the struggle for equality directly to the powerful white elite, gaining allies in business and government, including three presidents. 

Download a discussion guide

 

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines Wonder Women!
The Untold Story of American Superheroines

by Kristy Guevera-Flanagan

Monday, March 4, 2013, 7-8:30 p.m.
Merriam Park Library
1831 Marshall Ave, St. Paul 

www.sppl.org  

Moderator: David Gillette, Twin Cities Public Television

Trace the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman, from the original comic book to television and Ms. Magazine, to the riot grrrl movement and contemporary media. Pop culture’s representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.  “Candy for your inner feminist.”   

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The Island PresidentThe Island President
by Jon Shenk, Bonni Cohen and Richard Berge

Monday, April 22, 2013, 7-8:30 p.m.
Merriam Park Library
1831 Marshall Ave, St. Paul  

www.sppl.org  


Moderator: David Gillette, Twin Cities Public Television
Panelist: Rolf Nordstrom, Great Plains Institute

Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed is confronting a problem greater than any world leader has ever faced – the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. His is the most low-lying country in the world, and a minor rise in sea level would literally erase it from the globe. 

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Revolutionary OptimistsRevolutionary Optimists
by Nicole Newnham and Maren Grainger-Monsen

Monday, May 13, 2013, 7-8:30 p.m.
Merriam Park Library
1831 Marshall Ave, St. Paul  

www.sppl.org


Moderator: David Gillette, Twin Cities Public Television

Amlan Ganguly, a lawyer-turned social entrepreneur, has sown hope in the poorest neighborhoods of Calcutta by empowering children to become leaders, transforming their communities for the better. Using street theater, dance and data as their weapons, the children have cut malaria rates in half, increased polio vaccination rates, and turned garbage dumps into playing fields.

Download a discussion guide

 

Love Free or DieLove Free or Die
by Macky Alston

Monday, June 3, 2013, 7-8:30 p.m.
Merriam Park Library
1831 Marshall Ave, St. Paul  

www.sppl.org  


Moderator: David Gillette, Twin Cities Public Television
Panelists: Reverend Anita C. Hill, Regional Director, Reconciling Works  and  Reverend Bradley Schmeling, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Love Free or Die is about a man whose two defining passions the world cannot reconcile: his love for God and for his partner Mark. This documentary is about church and state, love and marriage, faith and identity – and openly gay Bishop Eugene Robinson’s struggle to dispel the notion that God’s love has limits. 

Download a discussion guide

 


Dirt!

Thursday, April 8, 7:00-8:30 pm at Maplewood Library &
Monday, April 26, 7:00-8:30 pm at Southdale Library

Inspired by William Bryant Logan's acclaimed book Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, this film explores how industrial farming, mining, and urban development have led us toward cataclysmic droughts, floods, and climate change.  Dirt is a part of everything we eat, drink, and breathe.

View details of the April 8 film screening and the April 26 screening.

Background and discussion information on Dirt! can be found here.


The Horse Boy

Saturday, May 8, 10:30 am - noon at Northtown Library &
Thursday, May 20, 7:00-8:30 pm at Ridgedale Library

One Texas couple are led on a journey to Mongolia, when they discover their autistic son's connection to horses. Part travel adventure and part shamanic quest, this is the story of how one family found a gateway into understanding their son's life.

View panelists and details of the May 8 and May 20 film screenings.

 

New York Times Critics Pick: Seeking Aid for Autism in Mongolia.

Background and discussion information can be found here.

Learn more about the making of The Horse Boy: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/horse-boy/


A Village Called Versailles

Welcome to Versailles, New Orleans – home to the densest ethnic Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam. After Hurricane Katrina, a toxic landfill is planned for the neighborhood. Watch as they organize and fight back, turning a disaster into a chance to build a better future.

Saturday, June 12, 10:30 AM-noon, Northtown Library, 711 County Road 10 NE, Blaine
Monday, June 14, 7-8:30 PM, Brookdale Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center

View panelists and details of the June 12 and June 14 screenings.

Other information available to download: discussion guide and FAQ on current conditions in the Versailles neighborhood.


Young @ Heart

Get ready to rock with the most entertaining golden oldies you will ever meet in the senior citizen's chorus Young @ Heart. With a show only weeks away, they must learn a slate of new songs ranging from James Brown to Coldplay.  The chorus's director leads them through tough rehearsals, proving that rock and roll can be hard work--especially if you're hard of hearing!  Climaxing in a triumphant performance, their inspiring story celebrates the unbreakable bonds of friendship and the life-affirming power of music. 

Saturday, July 10, 10:30 AM-noon, Northtown Library, 711 County Road 10 NE, Blaine
Tuesday, July 20, 7:00-8:30 PM, Central Library (Hennepin County Library), 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

View panelists and details of the July 10 and July 20 screenings.

A discussion guide is available for more information on the film.


Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian

Thursday, October 28, 6:30-8 PM, at Minneapolis Central Library (Pohlad Hall) (Hennepin County Library)

Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through the history of cinema. Traveling through the heartland of America, Diamond looks at how the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world’s understanding – and misunderstanding – of Natives.

www.reelinjunthemovie.com.

 

Host: David Gillettte, Twin Cities Public Television

Panelists: Jay Bad Heart Bull (Oglala Dakota, Community Worker, Little Earth of United Tribes), Heid Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibway, Author), and Mona Smith (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota, Artist and Filmmaker).

Download a discussion guide here.


The Calling

Wednesday, November 10, 6:30-8 PM, Highland Park Library (St. Paul Public Library)

A behind-the-scenes look at young Americans – Christian, Jewish, Catholic and Muslim – preparing to become America’s next generation of religious leaders. The Calling follows their transformation from idealistic students into ordained religious professionals.

www.thecalling.tv/hartford

Host: David Gillettte, Twin Cities Public Television

Panelists: Imam Makram El-Amin; Rabbi Lynn Liberman, Director of Congregational Learning for Beth Jacob Congregation, and Father Peter Williams, Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis


For Once in My Life

Saturday, January 21, 1:00 pm at Roseville Library

Follow the members of the Miami-based Spirit of Goodwill band in this award-winning film as they prepare for the concert of a lifetime. These inspiring musicians and singers, all with a wide range of mental and physical disabilities, reveal the greatness within all of us. Presented in collaboration with Goodwill – Easter Seals Minnesota.

www.4onceinmylife.com

Panel moderator: David Gillette

A discussion guide is available to download.


Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story

Thursday, February 10, 7:00 pm at Roseville Library

Cyntoia Brown is serving a life sentence for murder at the age of 16. This chilling story challenges our assumptions about youth violence and explores how biology and family history can doom some young people from the start.

www.itvs.org/films/me-facing-life

Panel moderator: David Gillette,Twin Cities Public Television

Panelists: Judge Pam Alexander, President, Council on Crime and Justice; Jason Sole, Jason Sole Consulting; Louise Wolfgramm, President, Amicus

A discussion guide is available here.


Pushing the Elephant

Thursday, March 24, 7:00 pm at Ridgedale Library

This touching film captures one of the most important stories of our age, in which genocidal violence is challenged by the moral fortitude and grace of one woman’s mission for peace. When civil war came to Rose’s Congolese village, she was separated from her 5-year-old daughter, Nangabire. Rose managed to escape with nine of her 10 children and was eventually resettled in Phoenix, Arizona. More than a decade later, mother and daughter are reunited in the U.S. where they must come to terms with the past and build a new future.

www.itvs.org/films/pushing-the-elephant

Panelists: Bryan Cole, Center for Victims of Torture; Mark Turback, World Without Genocide.

View a flier on Mapendo New Horizons, the organization Rose and her brother, Kigabo, founded in order to empower women and improve health care.

Panel moderator: David Gillette,Twin Cities Public Television

A discussion guide is available here.


Bhutto

 

Thursday, April 14, 7:00 pm at Brookdale Library

An intimate look at one of the most fascinating world leaders of our time, Benazir Bhutto. As the first woman to lead an Islamic nation, the former Pakistani Prime Minister’s life story unfolds like a tale of Shakespearean dimensions. She evolved from a pampered princess to polarizing politician in the most dangerous country on Earth. Accused of rampant corruption, imprisoned, then exiled abroad, Bhutto was called back to Pakistan in 2007 as her country’s best hope for democracy. Struck down by assassins, her untimely death sent shock waves throughout the world, transforming Bhutto from political messiah to martyr in the eyes of millions around the world.

www.bhuttothefilm.com/

 

Panel moderator: David Gillette,Twin Cities Public Television
Responder Kathy Seipp, The Advocates for Human Rights

A discussion guide is available here.


Welcome to Shelbyville

Tuesday, May 17, 7:00 pm at Southdale Library

On the eve of the 2008 presidential election, the town of Shelbyville, Tennessee finds itself embroiled in a struggle to come to terms with a new wave of Somali and Hispanic immigrants and grappling with what it means to be American. The film captures the complexity of the African American, Latino, white, and Somali subjects as their lives intertwine against the backdrop of a crumbling economy and the election of a new president.

http://welcometoshelbyvilleonline.org/wordpress/

 

Panel moderator: David Gillette,Twin Cities Public Television

Panelists:
Madeline Lohman, The Advocates for Human Rights
Abdullahi Sheikh, Somali community organizer
Representative from Las Mujeres en Liderazgo

A discussion guide is available here.


Two Spirits

Tuesday, June 14, 7:00 pm at Minneapolis Central Library

Fred Martinez was one of the youngest hate-crime victims of modern history when he was brutally murdered at 16. This film explores the life and death of a boy who was also a girl, and the essentially spiritual nature of gender. www.twospirits.org/

Panel moderator: David Gillette,Twin Cities Public Television

A discussion guide is available.

Panelists:
Andrea Jenkins, Author, Writer, Artist, and Curator of GLBT series at Intermedia Arts
Richard LaFortune, Director of Two Spirit Press Room and Featured in the Film
Sina Yi, Student and member of Trans Youth Support Network


Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock

January 17, 2012, 7:00 pm at Merriam Park Library

Moderator: David Gillette, Twin Cities Public Television
Panelists: Dr. Josie R. Johnson and Nothando Zulu.

Daisy Bates was a complex, unconventional, and largely forgotten heroine of the civil rights movement who led the charge to desegregate the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957.

www.daisybatesfilm.com

Download a discussion guide for more information.


More than a Month

February 21, 2012, 7:00 pm at Merriam Park Library

Filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman sets off on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. His tongue-in-cheek journey explores the complexity and contradictions of relegating an entire group’s history to one month in a so-called “post-racial” America.

Moderator: David Gillette, Twin Cities Public Television
Panelists: Reggie Prim and Elder Kofi Bobby Hickman

http://endblackhistorymonth.com/home.html

A discussion guide is available.


Revenge of the Electric Car

 

March 19, 2012, 7:00 pm at Merriam Park Library

Filmmaker Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. Without using a single drop of foreign oil, this new generation of car is America's future: fast, furious, and cleaner than ever.  

Moderator: David Gillette, Twin Cities Public Television
Panelists: Shayna Berkowitz, ReGo and Jukka Kukkonen, Plug In Connect

www.revengeoftheelectriccar.com

http://www.itvs.org/films/revenge-of-the-electric-car

A discussion guide is available here.


Hell and Back Again

April 9, 2012, 7:00 pm at Merriam Park Library


U.S. Marine Sergeant Nathan Harris, 25, leads his unit to fight a ghostlike enemy in Afghanistan. Wounded in battle, Harris returns to North Carolina and his devoted wife to fight pain, addiction, and the terrifying normalcy of life at home. 

Moderator: David Gillette, Twin Cities Public Television

Panelists: Lt. Col. Chaplain John Morris, Minnesota National Guard and others TBA

www.hellandbackagain.com

http://www.itvs.org/films/hell-and-back-again

A discussion guide is available here.


Strong!

May 7, 2012, 7:00 pm at Rice Street Library.

Cheryl Haworth is a young woman with a big dream: to be the strongest woman in the world. As the 300-pound U.S. Olympic weightlifter prepares for Beijing 2008, she struggles with injury, confidence, and her place in a world where larger women are not readily accepted.

Moderator: David Gillette, Twin Cities Public Television

Panelists: Lisa Blackstone, Documentary Filmmaker and Nicole LaVoi, PhD, Associate Director, Tucker Center for Women and Girls in Sports

http://www.itvs.org/films/strong

Click here to view the discussion guide.