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Saturday, December 11th, 2010

7:30 pm



Followed by a Q & A with the Filmmakers

Local Thousand Oaks Residents Michael and Carole Wilson

“Reconciliation” evaluates the political, moral and spiritual legacy of a true hero, Nelson Mandela, a leader who saved his country from a bloody civil war by allowing the spirit of reconciliation to prevail.

The film also explores the perspective of peacemakers who brought about the creation of the Rainbow Nation: Desmond Tutu, FW de Klerk, Ahmed Kathrada, Zindzi Mandela, François Pienaar and many more.  To place these defining events of the new South Africa in their proper context, we have called upon witnesses from diverse communities to provide insights, anecdotes, and memories.

The film also visits Clint Eastwood on the set on “Invictus,” using this filmic encounter to show how President Mandela united South Africa when it hosted the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

This unique story teaches us that brute force cannot be effective in the long term. No matter how unjust a government, sooner or later the human spirit rebels.  And when it prevails, it astounds the world by its magnanimity.

The documentary weaves a colorful tapestry that reveals the array of personalities who have forged South Africa’s reconciliation against all odds.  The filmmakers hope it is a relevant message to people the world over today.



Saturday, January 8th, 2011

8:00 pm

Scott Carter


The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy.”

The Life and Teaching of history’s most noted figure is delightfully debated by three men who were almost as  famous as He was.

A Work in Progress

Scott Carter is Executive Producer/Writer for “Real Time With Bill Maher”.  From 1993-1997 while producer writer for “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher,” he won eight Emmy nominations and three consecutive CableAce Awards for Best Talk Series.  In 1997 Variety named him one of “50 Creatives To Watch.”  In 2007, he won the Producers’ Guild Of America’s Johnny Carson Award for “Real Time.”

Mr. Carter performed stand-up regularly through the 1980’s in major comedy clubs across the country and has also written two full-length monologues (“Heavy Breathing” and Suspension Bridge”) which he has performed in various venues in the U.S. and in the UK.

A Donation of $10.00 is requested.  (No one turned away due to lack of funds.)


Friday, January 21st, 2011

7:30 pm

Christopher Smith, MD

Doctors Without Borders/MSF USA – The Sudan

Kapoeta, South Sudan is a rural town which returned to peace after 25 years of civil war.  There is much food insecurity, in general, but it is particularly acute the three months between when the previous years crop stores run out the the first harvest after the “rainy season” starts.

Christopher Smith, MD spent three months there May-August, establishing both an inpatient and outpatient infant feeding program. He will discuss his experience along with his failures, frustrations and triumphs.



Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

3327 Old Conejo Road, Newbury Park

For more information call: (805) 374-9818

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