“Community Cinema” series returns to PSU

January 31st, 2012 by Tim

This spring, five documentaries shown at Plymouth State University will encourage community conversations about race, gender, disability, and inclusivity.

Community Cinema, a partnership between PSU and New Hampshire Public Television, features documentary screenings from the PBS Independent Lens series followed by a discussion facilitated by PSU faculty members. Each screening begins at 7 p.m. and  is free and open to the public.

For more information on the Community Cinema series, contact Daniel Moore, (603) 535-2525 or dmoore@plymouth.edu.

Our next film:

“Troop 1500″

Tuesday, April 3

Boyd Hall Room 001   7:00 p.m.

Girl Scout Troop 1500 is part of the national organization’s “Girl Scouts Behind Bars” program. At first glance, the girls appear typical, participating in many scout activities while dreaming of their lives as grownups. But the program also reunites these girls with their mothers who are serving time for serious crimes, helping to rebuild the lives of mother and daughter.

Learn more about the film here Troop 1500 – ITVS

Assistant Professor of Political Science Stephanie J. Halter and Assistant Professor of Political Science Kristine Levan will lead a discussion following the film. Guests from the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains will also discuss the program in New Hampshire and Vermont.

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Here is information on films already screened this semester:

 

“Deaf Jam”

Wednesday, February 8

Aneta Brodski is deaf. And she is a poet. She meets a “slam poet” from her New York neighborhood and the two set out on a deaf/hearing collaboration where words not only sing, they dance.

“Deaf Jam” explores the worlds of poetry, friendship, self-expression and cultural identity. View a trailer of the documentary here: Deaf Jam – ITVS

A discussion of the film was led by Assistant Professor of Education Mary Berry.

 

“Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock”

Thursday, February 16

Her roles as a newspaper publisher and then president of the Arkansas NAACP would have been enough to make history. But in 1957, Daisy Bates brought the struggle for desegregation to the steps of Little Rock’s Central High School. As nine African-American students attempted to enroll in the school, the story of Daisy Bates encompasses multiple issues of racism and feminism.

A discussion of the film was led by Assistant Professor of Childhood Education Mary Earick and Assistant Professor of English Education Megan Birch.

View a clip of the documentary here: Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock – ITVS

 

“More Than A Month”

Tuesday, February 28

A filmaker’s journey to end Black History Month reveals the status of race and equality in a “post-racial” America. The documentary “More Than A Month” follows African-American filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman on his thoughtful and humorous campaign through the United States and his conversations about race, culture and identity.

A discussion of the film was led by Assistant Professor of History Whitney Howarth.

View a clip of the documentary here: More Than A Month

“Iron Ladies of Liberia”

Wednesday, March 8

Boyd Hall Room 001   7:00 p.m.

After nearly two decades of brutal civil war, Liberia is a nation ready for change. On January 16, 2006, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was inaugurated the country’s first elected female president and Africa’s first freely elected female head of state. A Harvard-educated economist and grandmother of eight who had been exiled to Nigeria and nicknamed the Iron Lady, Johnson Sirleaf won a run-off election with 59 percent of the vote, but faces enormous obstacles in rebuilding a war-torn country.

Despite massive support both in Liberia and abroad, Johnson Sirleaf must not only find ways to reform a corrupt authoritarian government saddled by astronomical debts, but must also confront opponents loyal to former President Charles Taylor—all without alienating her voter base.

A discussion of the film follows led by Assistant Professor of History Whitney Howarth.

Learn more about the film and view a trailer here: Iron Ladies of Liberia.

 

 

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