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1:30 p.m.: Olympic Pride, Olympic Prejudice
Director: Deborah Riley Draper, US/Germany, 2016, 80 mins.
In 1936, when 18 African American athletes dubbed the “black auxiliary” by Hitler participated in the Berlin Olympic Games, defying Nazi Aryan Supremacy and Jim Crow Racism, history forgot all except one, Jesse Owens. This is the story of the other 17. Their heroic collective action created a seminal moment in Civil Rights. The film follows the athletes from the attempted boycott of the 1936 Olympics to the Trials to the Games and then to the unceremonious return to America.
Director Deborah Riley Draper plans to attend and will be on hand to answer questions.
4 p.m.: Leftovers
Director: Seth Hancock, USA, 2017, 69 mins
Photographer Seth Hancock was asked to make a documentary on a subject that meant nothing to him….senior citizens and hunger. He’d never gone hungry a day in his life and rarely thought about getting old. In Leftovers. he travels the country to discover why seniors are the new face of hunger in America, why they’re often treated as second-class citizens and what is being done to make a difference in their lives.
Leftovers. is his personal journey. One where he quickly realizes how vast the problem is, what it will take to feed the seniors of this county, how much food gets wasted and how senior hunger will affect us all.
Seniors First and AARP are supporting this film. Marsha Lorenz, Executive Director of Seniors First is in the film and will speak after the screening.
6:30 p.m.: Heather Booth: Changing the World
Director: Lilly Rivlin, USA, 2016, 62 mins
Heather Booth is the most influential person you never heard of. The newest film by critically acclaimed filmmaker Lilly Rivlin, Heather Booth: Changing the World is an urgent response to the recent change in administration. At a time when many are wondering how to make their voices heard, when civil and women's rights are under attack, this empowering documentary is an inspiring look at how social change happens.
Heather Booth, a renowned organizer and activist, began her remarkable career at the height of the Civil Rights movement. Through her life and work this inspiring film explores many of the most pivotal moments in progressive movements that altered our history over the last fifty years: from her involvement with Fannie Lou Hamer and the Freedom Summer Project, to her founding of the JANE Underground in 1964, to her personal relationships with respected leaders such as Julian Bond and Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Heather Booth: Changing the World blends interviews, from close friends, clients, political colleagues and current Midwest Academy students to explore Heather’s legacy in progressive politics and organizing. Anyone who has been confused or disheartened by the recent election needs to see this film.