Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Peace Unveiled

Community Cinema at Soka University of America


September 22nd, Pauling 216, 7 p.m.


Peace Unveiled
When the U.S. troop surge was announced in late 2009, women in Afghanistan knew that the ground was being laid for peace talks with the Taliban. Peace Unveiled follows three women who immediately began to organize to make sure that women have a seat at the negotiating table. One is a savvy parliamentarian who participated in writing the Afghan constitution that guarantees equality for women; another, a former midwife who is one of the last women’s rights advocates alive in Kandahar; and the third, a young activist who lives in a traditional family in Kabul. Convinced that the Taliban will have demands that jeopardize women’s hard-earned gains, they maneuver against formidable odds to have their voices heard in a peace jirga and high peace council. We go behind Kabul’s closed doors as the women’s case is made to U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer, General David Petraeus and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who promises the women that “peace and justice can’t come at the cost of women and women’s lives.” But will this promise be kept? Narrated by Tilda Swinton.
For more information about this film and the series please visit the ITVS website:
http://www.itvs.org/films/women-war-and-peace


Panelists: Professor Ryan Caldwell, Professor Tomas F. Crowder-Taraborrelli and Mike Whipple, Chairman/CEO, International Orphan Care. 


For more information about IOC please visit their website at:
http://www.orphanproject.org/

2011-2012 Community Cinema Season


Producing Partners/Coordinators: Tomas Crowder-Taraborrelli, Nolina Doud, Juliann Petkov, Kathrine Filippi. 

The Independent Television Service (ITVS) and Soka University of America are pleased to announce the third year of Community Cinema program, which begins in September. The largest public interest outreach program in public or commercial television, Community Cinema features a sneak peek of nine documentaries set to broadcast on the award-winning PBS series Independent Lens.


Community Cinema, in partnership with the Humanities Program and Student Affairs, screens films monthly from September through May (most screenings are in Pauling 216, but check for locations on the Soka calendar website).

After the screenings, Community Cinema features panel discussions with leading community based organizations, special guest speakers, information, resources, and other programming designed to help our students and our community learn more about the issues and get involved. 



Highlights of our upcoming season at Soka University of America!


September 22nd, Pauling 216


Peace Unveiled
When the U.S. troop surge was announced in late 2009, women in Afghanistan knew that the ground was being laid for peace talks with the Taliban. Peace Unveiled follows three women who immediately began to organize to make sure that women have a seat at the negotiating table. One is a savvy parliamentarian who participated in writing the Afghan constitution that guarantees equality for women; another, a former midwife who is one of the last women’s rights advocates alive in Kandahar; and the third, a young activist who lives in a traditional family in Kabul. Convinced that the Taliban will have demands that jeopardize women’s hard-earned gains, they maneuver against formidable odds to have their voices heard in a peace jirga and high peace council. We go behind Kabul’s closed doors as the women’s case is made to U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer, General David Petraeus and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who promises the women that “peace and justice can’t come at the cost of women and women’s lives.” But will this promise be kept? Narrated by Tilda Swinton.


October 13th, Pauling 216


Deaf Jam
National poetry slams for youth have been gaining momentum but few, if any, deaf teens have ever been included in these contests. In Deaf Jam a group of New York City deaf teens reveal their passions, frustrations, and senses of humor as they discover American Sign Language poetry — eventually stepping into the world of the youth poetry slams with their hearing peers.


November 17th


We Still Live Here (Âs Nutayuneân)
The Wampanoag nation of southeastern Massachusetts ensured the survival of the first English settlers in America, and lived to regret it. AS NUTAYUNEAN - We Still Live Here tells the story of the return of the Wampanoag language, the first time a language with no Native speakers has been revived in this country. Spurred on by an indomitable linguist named Jessie Little Doe, the Wampanoag are bringing their language and their culture back.


December 1st


Taking Root
How does the simple act of planting trees lead to winning the Nobel Peace Prize? Ask Wangari Maathai of Kenya. In 1977, she suggested rural women plant trees to address problems stemming from a degraded environment. Under her leadership, their tree-planting grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, defend human rights and promote democracy, earning Maathai the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.


February 23rd


Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock
As a black woman who was a feminist before the term was invented, Daisy Bates refused to accept her assigned place in society. The life of Daisy Bates tells the story of her life and public support of nine black students to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, which culminated in a constitutional crisis--pitting a president against a governor and a community against itself.


March 15th


February- More Than a Month
Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a 29-year-old African American filmmaker, is on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. Through this tongue-in-cheek journey, MORE THAN A MONTH investigates what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a "post-racial" America.


April 19th


Hell and Back Again
What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home - injured physically and psychologically - and build a new life? HELL AND BACK AGAIN that asks and answers these questions with the conflict in Afghanistan as the backdrop. Two overlapping narratives intercut: the life of a Marine on the war front, and the life of the same Marine in recovery at home – creating a realistic depiction of how Marines experience this war.


May 10th


Strong!
A formidable figure, standing at 5'8" and weighing over 300 pounds, Cheryl Haworth struggles to defend her champion status as her lifetime weightlifting career inches towards its inevitable end. STRONG! chronicles her journey and the challenges this unusual elite athlete faces, exploring popular notions of power, strength, beauty and health.


For more information about the films and Community Cinema visit:
http://www.itvs.org/engagement
You can also become a friend of ITVS Soka on Facebook!

COMMUNITY CINEMA


Community Cinema at Soka University - Welcome to Shelbyville
Date: 04.28.2011
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Pauling Hall 216

Welcome to Shelbyville is a documentary film by Kim Snyder. On the eve of the 2008 election, the town of Shelbyville, Tennessee finds itself embroiled in a struggle to come to terms with a new wave of immigrants and grappling with what it means to be American.

The Independent Television Service (ITVS), KOCE-TV (PBS) and Soka University of America are pleased to announce the second year of the Community Cinema series, which begins in October. The largest public interest outreach program in public or commercial television, Community Cinema features a sneak peek of nine documentaries set to broadcast on the award-winning PBS series Independent Lens.

Community Cinema, in partnership with the Humanities Concentration and Student Affairs, screen films monthly from October through June (Pauling 216, 7 p.m.). After the screenings, Community Cinema features panel discussions with leading community based organizations, special guest speakers, information, resources, and other programming designed to help our students and our community learn more and get involved.


Panelists: Professor Ian Read (Soka University) and Tomas F. Crowder-Taraborrelli (Soka University).

For more information about the films and Community Cinema visit: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/getinvolved/films/

You can also become a friend of ITVS Soka on Facebook!

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Ancestors in America


Sunday, April 17th, 2011

The Orange County Chinese Cultural Club together with Soka University of America’s International Studies Concentration presents:
Ancestors in the Americas, Parts I and II by award winning filmmaker, Loni Ding.

2 pm Part I: Coolies, Sailors, Settlers: Voyage to the New World 17th to 19th Century

3 pm: Questions and Answers and Intermission

3:30 pm: Part II: Chinese in the Frontier West: An American Story 1849 to 1880’s

4:30 pm: Panel discussion with filmmaker Loni Ding and Professor Tomás F. Crowder-Taraborrelli

5:30: Dinner at the Soka Bistro.

For more information about this series visit:

http://www.cetel.org/programs.html

Community Cinema


Community Cinema at Soka University - Bhutto

Date: 04.07.2011
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Pauling Hall 216

BhuttoAdmission: Free
Bhutto by Duane Baughman is an intimate look at one of the most fascinating and important world leaders of our time, Benazir Bhutto. As the first woman to lead an Islamic nation, the former Pakistani Prime Minister's life story unfolds like a tale of Shakespearean dimensions.
The Independent Television Service (ITVS), KOCE-TV (PBS) and Soka University of America are pleased to announce the third year of the Community Cinema series. The largest public interest outreach program in public or commercial television, Community Cinema features a sneak peek of nine documentaries set to broadcast on the award-winning PBS series Independent Lens.
Community Cinema, in partnership with the Humanities Concentration and Student Affairs, screen films monthly from October through June (Pauling 216, 7 p.m.). After the screenings, Community Cinema features panel discussions with leading community based organizations, special guest speakers, information, resources, and other programming designed to help our students and our community learn more and get involved.
For more information about the films and Community Cinema visit:http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/getinvolved/films/
You can also become a friend of ITVS Soka on Facebook!
Subscribe to Soka University's monthly email about upcoming arts and campus events.

Community Cinema


Community Cinema at Soka University - Pushing the Elephant

Date: 03.10.2011
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Pauling Hall 216

Pushing the ElephantPushing the Elephant by Beth Davenport and Elizabeth Mandel captures one of the most important stories of our age, in which genocidal violence is challenged by the moral fortitude and grace of one woman's mission for peace.
The Independent Television Service (ITVS), KOCE-TV (PBS) and Soka University of America are pleased to announce the second year of the Community Cinema series, which begins in October. The largest public interest outreach program in public or commercial television, Community Cinema features a sneak peek of nine documentaries set to broadcast on the award-winning PBS series Independent Lens.
Community Cinema, in partnership with the Humanities Concentration and Student Affairs, screen films monthly from October through June (Pauling 216, 7 p.m.). After the screenings, Community Cinema features panel discussions with leading community based organizations, special guest speakers, information, resources, and other programming designed to help our students and our community learn more and get involved.
Soka University/ITVS producing partners: Tomás Crowder-Taraborrelli, Julian Petkov, Kandi Haro, Kathrine Maia and Nolina Doud.
For more information about the films and Community Cinema visit:http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/getinvolved/films/
You can also become a friend of ITVS Soka on Facebook!
Subscribe to Soka University's monthly email about upcoming arts and campus events.

Community Cinema


Community Cinema at Soka University - Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story

Date: 02.17.2011
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Pauling Hall 216

Me Facing LifeAdmission: Free
Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story is a documentary film by Daniel H. Birman. Follow the story of Cyntoia Brown, who is serving a life sentence for murder at the age of 16. Me Facing Life challenges our assumptions about violence and explores how factors such as biology and family history can doom some young people from the start.
The Independent Television Service (ITVS), KOCE-TV (PBS) and Soka University of America are pleased to announce the second year of the Community Cinema series, which begins in October. The largest public interest outreach program in public or commercial television, Community Cinema features a sneak peek of nine documentaries set to broadcast on the award-winning PBS series Independent Lens.
Community Cinema, in partnership with the Humanities Concentration and Student Affairs, screen films monthly from October through June (Pauling 216, 7 p.m.). After the screenings, Community Cinema features panel discussions with leading community based organizations, special guest speakers, information, resources, and other programming designed to help our students and our community learn more and get involved.
For more information about the films and Community Cinema visit:http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/getinvolved/films/
You can also become a friend of ITVS Soka on Facebook!
Soka University/ITVS producing partners: Tomás Crowder-Taraborrelli, Julian Petkov, Kandi Haro, Kathrine Maia and Nolina Doud.
Panelist: Georgette Breland, Cross Over Assistant for Restorative Justice, Professor of Psychology Gary Germo and Professor of Humanities and Writing Kristi Wilson.
Gigi Breland was born in Laurel Mississippi in 1958 and relocated to California in the late 1960’s. Currently I am working at the Center for Restorative Justice Works as an Assistant, working here I have learned so much, I am apart of something really wonderful and unique, working with people who have a true passion for helping others. I ask myself how could I not be apart of this experience. I too was incarcerated for twenty nine years while incarcerated I became involved with The Women of Wisdom (WOW) group and it changed my life.
http://www.cross-over.us/contact.php
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Community Cinema


Community Cinema at Soka University - For Once In My Life

Date: 01.25.2011
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Pauling Hall 216

For Once in My LifeAdmission: Free
For Once In My Life is a documentary by Jim Bigham and Mark Moormann. The Spirit of Goodwill Band, made up of 28 musicians and singers who all have severe mental and physical disabilities, challenges preconceived notions of what it means to be disabled.
The Independent Television Service (ITVS), KOCE-TV (PBS) and Soka University of America are pleased to announce the second year of the Community Cinema series, which begins in October. The largest public interest outreach program in public or commercial television, Community Cinema features a sneak peek of nine documentaries set to broadcast on the award-winning PBS series Independent Lens.
Community Cinema, in partnership with the Humanities Concentration and Student Affairs, screen films monthly from October through June (Pauling 216, 7 p.m.). After the screenings, Community Cinema features panel discussions with leading community based organizations, special guest speakers, information, resources, and other programming designed to help our students and our community learn more and get involved.
For more information about the films and Community Cinema visit:http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/getinvolved/films/
You can also become a friend of ITVS Soka on Facebook!
Soka University/ITVS producing partners: Tomás Crowder-Taraborrelli, Julian Petkov, Kandi Haro and Kathrine Maia.
Panelist: Dan Rogers, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries Orange County

Community Cinema


Community Cinema at Soka University - Pushing the Elephant

Date: 03.10.2011
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Pauling Hall 216

Pushing the ElephantPushing the Elephant by Beth Davenport and Elizabeth Mandel captures one of the most important stories of our age, in which genocidal violence is challenged by the moral fortitude and grace of one woman's mission for peace.
The Independent Television Service (ITVS), KOCE-TV (PBS) and Soka University of America are pleased to announce the second year of the Community Cinema series, which begins in October. The largest public interest outreach program in public or commercial television, Community Cinema features a sneak peek of nine documentaries set to broadcast on the award-winning PBS series Independent Lens.
Community Cinema, in partnership with the Humanities Concentration and Student Affairs, screen films monthly from October through June (Pauling 216, 7 p.m.). After the screenings, Community Cinema features panel discussions with leading community based organizations, special guest speakers, information, resources, and other programming designed to help our students and our community learn more and get involved.
For more information about the films and Community Cinema visit:http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/getinvolved/films/
You can also become a friend of ITVS Soka on Facebook!
Subscribe to Soka University's monthly email about upcoming arts and campus events.

Community Cinema at Soka University -- Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian

Date: 10.19.2010
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Pauling Hall 216

Reel InjunReel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian is an amusing, provocative history of Native Americans in cinema from the silent era to today from Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond. Admission: Free. Panel discussion immediately follows film screening.
The Independent Television Service (ITVS) and Soka University of America are pleased to announce the second year of the Community Cinema series, which begins in October. The largest public interest outreach program in public or commercial television, Community Cinemafeatures a sneak peek of nine documentaries set to broadcast on the award-winning PBS series Independent Lens.
Community Cinema, in partnership with the Humanities Concentration and Student Affairs, screen films monthly from October through June (Pauling 216, 7 p.m.). After the screenings, Community Cinema features panel discussions with leading community based organizations, special guest speakers, information, resources, and other programming designed to help our students and our community learn more and get involved.
For more information about the films and Community Cinema visit:http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/getinvolved/films/
You can also become a friend of ITVS Soka on Facebook!
Soka University/ITVS producing partners: Tomás Crowder-Taraborrelli, Julian Petkov, Kandi Haro and Kathrine Maia.
Panelist: Jim Rivera, Tribal Leader of the Ajcachemen nation

Community Cinema


Community Cinema at Soka University - The Calling

Date: 12.02.2010
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Pauling Hall 216

The CallingAdmission: Free The Calling by Daniel Alpert. A look at young Americans - Christian, Jewish, Catholic, and Muslim - preparing to become the nation's next generation of religious leaders,The Calling explores the forces that are drawing young people to serve their communities and their faith.
The Independent Television Service (ITVS), KOCE-TV (PBS) and Soka University of America are pleased to announce the second year of the Community Cinema series, which began in October. The largest public interest outreach program in public or commercial television,Community Cinema features a sneak peek of nine documentaries set to broadcast on the award-winning PBS series Independent Lens.
Community Cinema, in partnership with the Humanities Concentration and Student Affairs, screen films monthly from October through June (Pauling 216, 7 p.m.). After the screenings, Community Cinema features panel discussions with leading community based organizations, special guest speakers, information, resources, and other programming designed to help our students and our community learn more and get involved.
For more information about the films and Community Cinema visit:http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/getinvolved/films/
You can also become a friend of ITVS Soka on Facebook!
Soka University/ITVS producing partners: Tomás Crowder-Taraborrelli, Julian Petkov, Kandi Haro and Kathrine Maia.

Community Cinema

Community Cinema at Soka University - Deep Down

Date: 11.16.2010
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Pauling Hall 216

Deep DownAdmission: Free

Deep Down is a documentary by Jen Gilomen and Sally Rubin.

Deep in the Appalachian mountains of eastern Kentucky, Beverly May and Terry Ratliff find themselves at the center of a contentious community battle over a proposed mountaintop removal coal mine.

The Independent Television Service (ITVS) and Soka University of America are pleased to announce the second year of the Community Cinema series, which begins in October. The largest public interest outreach program in public or commercial television, Community Cinema features a sneak peek of nine documentaries set to broadcast on the award-winning PBS series Independent Lens.

Community Cinema, in partnership with the Humanities Concentration and Student Affairs, screen films monthly from October through June (Pauling 216, 7 p.m.). After the screenings, Community Cinema features panel discussions with leading community based organizations, special guest speakers, information, resources, and other programming designed to help our students and our community learn more and get involved.

For more information about the films and Community Cinema visit:http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/getinvolved/films/

You can also become a friend of ITVS Soka on Facebook!

Soka University/ITVS producing partners: Tomás Crowder-Taraborrelli, Julian Petkov, Kandi Haro and Kathrine Maia.

Community Cinema

Community Cinema at Soka University - "A Village Called Versailles"

Date: 05.06.2010
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Pauling 216

A Village Called Versailles

A Village Called Versailles -- Welcome to Versailles, New Orleans -- home to the densest ethnic Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam. For over 30 years, its residents lived a quiet existence on the edge of New Orleans. But then came Hurricane Katrina, the immense garbage piles and the shocking discovery of a toxic landfill planned in their neighborhood. Watch as they fight back, turning a devastating disaster into a catalyst for change and a chance to build a better future.

Free. Panel discussion will follow.

ITVS, the co-presenter of Independent Lens, in cooperation with KOCE-TV (PBS) and the Humanities Concentration and Student Affairs at Soka University, are proud to present Community Cinema, a free monthly documentary film series. ITVS funds and presents award-winning documentaries and dramas on public television, innovative new media projects on the web, and the Emmy Award-winning weekly series Independent Lens on Tuesday nights at 10 pm on PBS.

Previews of upcoming Independent Lens films will be shown from February to May at Soka University's Pauling Hall classroom theatre, followed by panel discussions with full audience participation encouraged.

Community Cinema

Community Cinema at Soka University - "The Horse Boy"

Date: 04.15.2010
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Pauling 216

The Horse Boy

The Horse Boy -- How far would you travel to heal someone you love? For one Texas couple, it means a spiritual journey halfway around the world to Mongolia. When their son is diagnosed with autism, they seek the best treatments, but nothing works...until they discover their son's connection to horses. Part travel adventure and shamanic quest, this is the story of how one family found a gateway into understanding their son's life.

Free. Panel discussion will follow.

ITVS, the co-presenter of Independent Lens, in cooperation with KOCE-TV (PBS) and the Humanities Concentration and Student Affairs at Soka University, is proud to present Community Cinema, a free monthly documentary film series. ITVS funds and presents award-winning documentaries and dramas on public television, innovative new media projects on the web, and the Emmy Award-winning weekly series Independent Lenson Tuesday nights at 10 pm on PBS.

Previews of upcoming Independent Lens films will be shown from February to May at Soka University's Pauling Hall classroom theatre, followed by panel discussions with full audience participation encouraged.

Community Cinema

Community Cinema at Soka University - "Dirt! The Movie"

Date: 03.10.2010
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Pauling 216

Dirt

Dirt! The Movie -- It's under our feet and under our fingernails, but what is it? And how did it get there? Inspired by William Bryant Logan's acclaimed book Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, find out how industrial farming, mining and urban development have led us toward cataclysmic droughts, starvation, floods and climate change. Dirt is a part of everything we eat, drink and breathe. Which is why we should stop treating it like, well...dirt.

Free. Panel discussion will follow.

ITVS, the co-presenter of Independent Lens, in cooperation with KOCE-TV (PBS) and the Humanities Concentration and Student Affairs at Soka University, are proud to present Community Cinema, a free monthly documentary film series. ITVS funds and presents award-winning documentaries and dramas on public television, innovative new media projects on the web, and the Emmy Award-winning weekly series Independent Lenson Tuesday nights at 10 pm on PBS.

Previews of upcoming Independent Lens films will be shown from February to May at Soka University's Pauling Hall classroom theatre, followed by panel discussions with full audience participation encouraged.

Community Cinema

Community Cinema at Soka University - "Garbage Dreams"

Date: 02.17.2010
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Pauling Hall 216

Garbage Dreams

Garbage Dreams -- Welcome to the world's largest garbage village located on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. The Zaballeen (Arabic for garbage people) recycle 80 percent of the trash they collect - far more than other recycling initiatives. But now a multi-national corporation theatens their livelihood. Follow three teenage boys who are forced to make choices that will impact the survival of their community.

Free. Panel discussion will follow.

ITVS, the co-presenter of Independent Lens, in cooperation with KOCE-TV (PBS) and the Humanities Concentration and Student Affairs at Soka University, are proud to present Community Cinema, a free monthly documentary film series. ITVS funds and presents award-winning documentaries and dramas on public television, innovative new media projects on the web, and the Emmy Award-winning weekly series Independent Lens on Tuesday nights at 10 pm on PBS.

Previews of upcoming Independent Lens films will be shown from February to May at Soka University's Pauling Hall classroom theatre, followed by panel discussions with full audience participation encouraged.