Thursday, October 13, 2016

American Dreamers (2016)

Director: Saray Deiseil and Jennifer Castillo 
Run Time: 88 min.
Call Number: JV 6483 .A443 2016

"American DREAMers follows the journey of Jon, Vero, Raymi, Jose, Alex, and Nico - also known as the Campaign for an American DREAM (CAD) - a group of five undocumented youth and an ally who risk their freedom to organize for immigrant rights by outing themselves as undocumented and walking more than 3,000 miles across America's heartland. Their stories of growing up in a country they know as home while constantly fearing that their families will be separated, inspires people from all parts of the country to take part in what they believe is their civil rights movement. These are college students, young professionals, activists, and community leaders. They are undocumented and unafraid."
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Salam Neighbor (2015)

Directors:   Zach Ingrasci & Chris Temple
Run time: 75 min.

"The subjects include a 10-year-old Syrian boy who avoids school while struggling with severe shellshock, a grandmother who lost her sons in the war and now expresses her emotions by writing thoughts on her tent’s walls and weaving art out of discarded plastic bags, an international relief worker who advocates for women’s rights, a former university student and aspiring French teacher who now advocates for children’s education in the camp, and a single mother of three named Ghoussoon who lives outside Za’atari in the city of Mafraq."
 -Jenna Belhumeur, Wall Street Journal Blog (full post here)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Fantasy Sports Gamble (2016)

Director: Frank Koughan
Run Time: 60 min.

"An investigation with The New York Times into fantasy sports and online sports betting. With law enforcement cracking down, the film traces the growth of these booming businesses and goes inside their operations at home and abroad."

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Massie Affair (2005)

Director: Mark Zwonitzer
Run time: 60 min.

"In the early years of the 20th century, at a time when the U.S. Navy dominated Hawai'i, Americans thought of the islands as their paradise in the Pacific. But in September 1931, an explosive incident shook the semblance of tranquility and exposed the racial tensions roiling beneath the surface.

Thalia Fortescue Massie, the troubled young wife of a Navy lieutenant, claimed that a group of Hawaiians had raped her on the Ala Moana, a lonely beach road leading from Waikiki to Honolulu.Five young men were arrested -- two Hawaiians, two Japanese, and one Chinese. Despite evidence that the defendants couldn't have committed the crime, a mixed race jury deadlocked and the suspects were released on bail. Hawaiians were outraged, believing the rape charges a sham. White sailors beat one of the rape defendants so badly he almost died.

Into this explosive atmosphere, Massie's strong-willed mother, Grace Hubbard Fortescue, made a dramatic entrance. When one of the rape defendants was found dead in the back seat of Fortescue's car, news of the "honor slaying" unleashed a torrent of racist invective from the mainland in support of Fortescue. Though she was eventually tried and convicted of manslaughter, her sentence was commuted to a single hour. The Massie affair inflicted a wound on the psyche of the Hawaiian people that has yet to heal."

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Square (2013)

Director: Jehane Noujaim
Run time: 109 min.
Call Number:  DT107.87 .S63 2015

"'The Square,' a stunning new documentary by Jehane Noujaim about the 2011 uprising in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and its aftermath, epitomizes nonfiction film not just as a way to deepen knowledge and understanding, but also as an art form. In this vibrant, lyrical, graphic, sobering and finally soaring testament to aesthetic and political expression, Noujaim consistently provides light where once there was heat."
—Ann Hornaday, Washington Post (full review here)