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Announcement :: Politics
First Night at The Community Church of Boston
28 Dec 2006
As people wonder around the city engaging in the art, dance, and music the Community Church of Boston will be hosting a radical film festival. On the second floor of our building movies will be shown from 1:00pm until 8:30pm. On the third floor snacks will be available and space to watch the New Year's Eve parade go by. This is an opportunity to get together with other radical folks from throughout the Boston area and provide a space for relaxing, movie watching, and inspiration for the year of justice work to come.
FIRST NIGHT AT THE COMMUNITY CHURCH OF BOSTON!

As people wonder around the city engaging in the art, dance, and music the Community Church of Boston will be hosting a radical film festival. On the second floor of our building movies will be shown from 1:00pm until 8:30pm. On the third floor snacks will be available and space to watch the New Year's Eve parade go by. This is an opportunity to get together with other radical folks from throughout the Boston area and provide a space for relaxing, movie watching, and inspiration for the year of justice work to come.

Community Church of Boston
565 Boylston Street (Copley Square)
www.commchurch.org
Contact Jason with questions:
617.266.6710 or Jason (at) commchurch.org


The following is the schedule for movies:

1:00pm - Mc Libel (60 minutes)
The true story of a postman and a gardener who took on McDonald's and wouldn't say "McSorry," in a legal battle since described as "the biggest
corporate PR disaster in history." McDonald's loved using the UK's libel laws to suppress criticism. Major media organizations like the BBC and The Sun had crumbled and apologized. But then McDonald's sued penniless activists' Helen Steel and Dave Morris. In what became the longest trial in
English legal history, the "McLibel 2" represented themselves against McDonald's USD$19 million legal team. Seven years later, in February 2005, the marathon legal battle finally concluded in the European Court of Human Rights. And the result took everyone by surprise - especially the British
Government.

2:15pm - Hidden in Plain Sight (71 minutes)
This documentary presents different points of view, which illuminate the turbulent reality of Latin America, demystify the policy-making process and shed light on some of the most complex and urgent problems facing us today.

Enter noted scholars Noam Chomsky, Eduardo Galeano, Christopher Hitchens, and Michael Parenti, who broaden the debate about the School of the Americas (now known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation) to
include such subjects as militarism, corporate globalization, national security, and international terrorism. Personal accounts from victims/survivors of the violence and repression in Latin America raise questions and concerns about the nature and consequences of U.S. policy in Latin America.


3:30pm - The Fourth World War (78 minutes)
From the front-lines of conflicts in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Palestine, Korea, 'the North' from Seattle to Genova, and the 'War on
Terror' in New York, Afghanistan, and Iraq. It is the story of men and women around the world who resist being annihilated in this war. While our
airwaves are crowded with talk of a new world war, narrated by generals and filmed from the noses of bombs, the human story of this global conflict remains untold. "The Fourth World War" brings together the images and voices of the war on the ground. It is a story of a war without end and of those who resist.

5:00pm - Flag Wars (90 minutes)
Flag Wars is a poignant account of economic competition between two historically oppressed groups, seen through the politics and pain of
gentrification. The events in "Flag Wars" unfold against a backdrop of racism, homophobia, and tensions between privilege and poverty. Mix in
government zoning boards, the court system, lending institutions, and civic leaders, and you've got a film that literally hits people "where they live." "Flag Wars" explores the complexity of gentrification, and the contradictions between intention and result, belief and action. It goes
beyond merely assigning blame or labeling people as "good guys" or "bad guys" to examine the relationship between housing, heritage, and public
policy.

6:45pm - The Last Graduation (55 minutes)
Among the reforms that followed the 1971 uprising at Attica, prison college programs proved to be amazingly effective tools in turning inmates' lives
around. In New York State, the recidivism rate for prison college graduates was only 11 percent, as contrasted to nearly 60 percent for the general
prison population.

The Last Graduation frankly explores the issues from the advent of higher education in prison to the last graduation from the Marist College program at New York's Greenhaven Prison in 1995. Prisoners, former prisoners, educators and corrections officials tell their own stories of struggle, triumph and ultimate defeat at the hands of the Contract with America of The 104th Congress.

7:50pm - Prison in the Fields: False Progress in Central Valley (20 minutes)
Can the citizens of Delano, California, a poor Hispanic community and the birthplace of the United Farm Workers, defeat the city council's decision to build a second government prison? Another prison would destroy their farmlands and vineyards, and jobs would be lost. There is already high unemployment, poor educational facilities, and no resources for the depressed population. A grassroots movement developed to protest the
decision. Age level: high school to adult.
See also:
http://www.commchurch.org

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