Films in the Community Cinema Series

Community Cinema is a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring free monthly screenings of films from the Emmy Award-winning series Independent Lens.

Community Cinema is on location in more than 100 cities nationally, bringing together leading organizations, community members, and public television stations to learn, discuss, and get involved in key social issues of our time.

We were proud to partner with ITVS to present the following films this past season:

Sunday, SEPTEMBER 25, 2011 – 7:00 pm

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Pray the Devil Back to Hell is the astonishing story of the Liberian women who took on the warlords and regime of dictator Charles Taylor in the midst of a brutal civil war, and won a once unimaginable peace for their shattered country in 2003.

Sunday, OCTOBER 16, 2011 – 7:00 pm

Deaf Jam

Aneta Brodski, a deaf teen living in New York City, discovers the power of American Sign Language poetry.  As she prepares to be one of the first deaf poets to compete in a youth slam, her journey leads to an unexpected collaboration.

Sunday, NOVEMBER 06, 2011 – 7:00 pm

We Still Live Here: Âs Nutayuneân

The Wampanoag saved the Pilgrims from starvation, and lived to regret it. Spurred on by their celebrated linguist Jane Little Doe Baird, the Wampanoag of Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard are reviving their language more than a century after the last native speaker died.

Sunday, DECEMBER 11, 2011 – 7:00

Taking Root: The Vision Of Wangari Maathai

How does the simple act of planting trees lead to winning the Nobel Peace Prize? Ask Wangari Maathai of Kenya. In 1977, she suggested rural women plant trees to address problems stemming from a degraded environment. Under her leadership, their tree-planting grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, defend human rights and promote democracy. And brought Maathai the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.

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Sunday, JANUARY  08, 2012 – 7:00

Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock

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.

Sunday, FEBRUARY 05, 2012 – 7:00

More than a Month

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.

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Sunday, MARCH 04, 2012 – 7:00 

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.


Sunday, APRIL 22, 2012 – 7:00

ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Hell and Back Again

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.

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Sunday, MAY 06, 2012 – 7:00

Strong!

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.

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