Thursday, January 12, 2017

Finding Normal

Director: Brian Lindstrom 
Run time: 57 min. 
Call number: HV 5831 .O7 F56

"The film follows two men and one woman leaving Portlands's Hooper Memorial Detox, and entering the Recovery Mentor program , which provides clean and sober housing, drug treatment, and--perhaps most importantly--a mentor who knows first-hand what it takes to stay clean, stay out of prison, and build a 'normal' life."  
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Monday, January 9, 2017

Chicago Boys (2016)

Directors:  Carola Fuentes & Rafael Valdeavellano  
Run time:  85 min. 
Call number:  HC 192 .C45 2016

"After the 1973 coup which brought Augusto Pinochet to power, a group of Chilean economists were given the power to turn Chile into a laboratory for the world's most radical neo-liberal experiments.

These men, including Sergio de Castro and Rolf L├╝ders, both of whom would serve as ministers of finance during the Pinochet years, met in the 1950s at the University of Chicago, where they studied under the famed economist Milton Friedman, and the man who would become their mentor, Arnold Harberger.

Chicago Boys
is their story from their student days through the dictatorship, told by the Chicago Boys themselves. Could their program for 'economic freedom,' such a drastic restructuring of the Chilean economy, only have been implemented by an authoritarian regime? What were they willing to do to achieve their goals? And how do they see the long-term results today?"

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Since: The Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103

Director: Phil Furey
Run time: 84 min.
Call number: HV6431 .S56 2016

"Furey weaves news footage from the bombing timeline and subsequent legal and political developments together with interviews with relatives of the victims, as well as family photos and home video, focusing primarily on the parents of college students who died in their early 20s. Some continue to express outrage over the shoddy treatment they say they received from Pan Am and US authorities. 'The State Department and the government tried to sweep this whole thing under the rug from day one,' says Pete Lowenstein, whose son Alexander died in the bombing."
—Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter (full review here)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Jumbo Wild (2015)

Director: Nick Waggoner
Run time: 60 min.
Call number:  QH77.B8 J86 2015

"At the headwaters of the Columbia River, Jumbo Creek cascades out of deep snowpack, past crumbling glacial ice, wildflowers, and grizzly tracks.  The Jumbo Valley has long been revered for its beauty; and to the Ktunaxa Nation, it is known as Qat'muk, home of the grizzly bear spirit. Part of an important international wildlife corridor, the Jumbo Valley is one of only two areas in North America where grizzly bears can freely roam between Canada and the U.S. But, for nearly 25 years, local people--First Nations, conservationists, backcountry skiers--have fought a large-scale ski resort in Jumbo.  Developers face environmental assessments, political roadblocks, and local outcry.  Jumbo Wild highlights the tension between the protection of wilderness and ever increasing development interests in wild places, while bringing to life the passionate fight to protect the Jumbo Valley." 
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Love & Solidarity: Rev. James Lawson & Nonviolence in the Search for Workers' Rights

Director:  Michael Honey
Run time:  38 min.
Call number: HM1281 .L68 2016

"What can people do to change a world full of violence and hate? Is nonviolent revolution possible? 'Love and Solidarity' addresses these questions through the life and thought of Rev. James Lawson, an African American Methodist minister who worked with Martin Luther King, Jr., to initiate civil rights struggles in the South in the 1960s, and in recent years taught nonviolence organizing to poor Black and Latino workers in coalitions that have remade the labor movement in Los Angeles. Through interviews with Rev. Lawson and historic film footage, acclaimed labor and civil rights historian Michael Honey and award-winning filmmaker Errol Webber place a needed discourse on nonviolent social change at the forefront of today's struggles against violence and for human rights, peace, and economic justice."

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