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CitizenFour

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USA | 2014 | 120 Minutes | Laura Poitras

In January 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras received encrypted e-mails from someone identified only as "citizen four" who claimed to have information about covert surveillance programs run by US government agencies. This informant became one of the most divisive figures in modern political history: Edward Snowden.

City of God

November 4, 2014

Brazil | 2002 | Film: 130 minutes | Discussion: 30 minutes | Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund

In 2002 City of God provided a hyper-stylized view into the favela culture of Rio de Janeiro. The kinetic film still packs an emotional punch but the violence in the favelas became topical again as Brazil controversially attempted to 'clean up' it's slums for the World Cup. Seattle University Professor Gary Perry will join us for a post-screening discussion, focusing on not just the aftermath of Brazil's decision but also how any city can begin to effectively turn around the violence within a community in a more positive way.

The Last One

December 1

USA | 2013 | 80 Minutes | Nadine C. Licostie

Free screening! – Dec 1

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Community Film Series presents this free World AIDS Day program, featuring the moving new documentary about the history and continued growth of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

The Lives of Others

October 21, 2014

Germany | 2006 | Film: 137 min | Discussion: 30 min | Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's Oscar-winning first film features an impeccable thriller woven throughout the surveillance of an artistic couple. Art and media scholar Johanna Gosse will be on hand for a post-screening discussion which will focus on the film's representation of surveillance, today's surveillance culture, and is there any way that society can avoid the seemingly inevitable surveillance state. 

Monsieur Lazhar

November 18, 2014

Canada (Québec) | 2011 | Film: 94 minutes | Discussion: 30 minutes | Philippe Falardeau

An Algerian immigrant takes over a Canadian classroom and experiences the power and challenges of educating in today's society. While struggling with his own immigration issues, he fights to educate the students in a manner that challenges the status quo. Following the screening will be a discussion of the variety of challenges facing teachers in our modern classroom, exploring any ways that public and parents can be more aware and involved in the educational system.

Moolaadé

November 11, 2014

Senegal | 2004 | Film: 124 minutes | Discussion: 30 minutes | Ousmane Sembene

Ousmane Sembene's masterpiece drove home exceptional artistic commentary on the practice of ritual female genital cutting. Setting the world of tradition against modernity, the stakes for both sides are emotionally conveyed all the way to its final striking image. Professor Kristy Leissle will be leading our post-screening discussion in an exploration of not just the tradition featured in the film, but the variety of challenges facing women on the African continent today.

Saving My Tomorrow

December 3

USA | 2014 | 90 Minutes |

A lyrical mix of science, animation, and music, Saving My Tomorrow celebrates the wonders of the natural world and is a call from kids to kids to help take care of the planet. A fun and engaging educational program perfect for elementary school children and their families!

Starfish Throwers

December 5 - 7, 2014

USA | 2014 | 83 min | Jesse Roesler

Three inspiring people make a difference in the fight against hunger: a five-star chef who cooks fresh meals for the needy, a twelve-year-old girl who creates a movement with a single cabbage seedling, and a retired school teacher who hand delivers sandwiches to the hungry.

The Terrorist

November 25

India | 1998 | Film: 95 minutes | Discussion: 30 minutes | Santosh Sivan

Malli is a member of the resistance and volunteers to become a human bomb to assassinate a governmental leader. As the day grows closer she is forced to question the nature of the world and her own valuable place in it. Following this film will be a discussion with Professor Daniel Chirot about the modern face of terrorism.

Walkabout

October 28, 2014

Australia | Film: 100 minutes | Discussion: 30 minutes | Nicolas Roeg

Walkabout is a haunting, dreamlike evocation of the Australian outback, in which two young children learn to rely on a young aborigine who helps them survive in the wilderness.  After the screening we will be discussing the psychology of travel. It is used in many cultures as a rite of passage but traveling has extraordinary benefits at any time. Michael Brein (The Travel Psychologist) will be in attendance to explore what we really gain from travel.