Rockford Public Library will host the following film showings and discussions, free and open to the public, all in the Main Library Auditorium, 215 N. Wyman St. This series is sponsored by Rockford Public Library through a project organized by National Video Resources in partnership with the American Library Association, supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Ford Foundation. Each film viewing will be followed by a short discussion led by a moderator.
Monday, Feb. 21,
Justice and the Generals (2002, 86 min.) Addresses the 1980 murders of four American missionaries working in El Salvador and the recent civil case in a U.S. District Court against the El Salvadoran generals. Were they ultimately responsible? Recommended for middle school age as well.
Tuesday, Feb. 22,
Promises (2001, 106 min.) The filmmaker interviews seven Israeli and Palestinian children about their feelings, while also interweaving the political and geographic history of the region. Recommended for middle school age as well.
Wednesday, Feb. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Life and Debt (2001, 86 min.) This DVD explores the effect of the International Monetary Funds policies on developing countries through Jamaicas experience.
Saturday, Feb. 26, 2-4:15 p.m.
Long Nights Journey Into Day: South Africas Search for Truth & Reconciliation (2000, 94 min.) The collapse of apartheid and its ramifications, focusing on four cases of people applying for amnesty. Sundance Film Festival 2000 Prize Winner.
Monday, Feb. 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
State of Denial (2003, 86 min.) Addresses the governmental, corporate and human factors fueling the AIDS epidemic in South Africa.
Tuesday, March 1, 7-8:30 p.m.
Bombies (2001, 57 min.) Laos is still covered with unexploded bombs from U.S. bombing in the Vietnam War. Rockford College History Prof. Catherine Forslund will lead the discussion. March 1 is the Land Mine Ban anniversary.
Wednesday, March 2,
Books Not Bars (2001, 22 min.) Short film highlighting the fact that more governmental money is going to prisons than to schools.
Thursday, March 3,
Calling the Ghosts: A Story About Rape, War and Women (1996, 63 min.) Examines the devastating impact of the war in Bosnia on women through the stories of two women.
Wednesday, March 9,
Behind the Labels: Garment Workers on U.S. Saipan (2001, 45 min.) Exposes the harsh conditions of the garment industry in Saipan, a U.S. territory in the Pacific. One woman featured is activist Carmencita Chie Abad.
Thursday, March 10, 7-8:30 p.m.
Every Mothers Son (2004, 60 min.) Explores the involvement of the NYPD in the high-profile slayings of three men, and the victims mothers working together for justice.
Saturday, March 12, 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Well-Founded Fear (2000, 119 min.) Provides a rare glimpse of the U.S. asylum granting process through interviews with asylum officers and immigrants seeking asylum.