Director’s Note: The Girl

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David Riker: I began to think about what it means to live in the very epicenter of the American Dream, and feel not hope – but trapped. My focus shifted, and I began to imagine a film not simply about the borders of geography, but about human borders – of class, culture, attitudes, and ideas. This was the starting point for The Girl.

Gun Violence: An All-American Crisis

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Marian Wright Edelman: too many people assume that despite recurring cases of often labeled “isolated” or “unpredictable” mass gun violence primarily committed by White male shooters, “ordinary” gun violence is mostly a Black problem that is or should be the Black community’s responsibility alone to solve.

Djamel Ameziane’s Decade in Guantánamo — Wednesday, 27 February

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The speakers will examine unjust U.S. detentions and prosecutions, whether at the internment camp at Guantánamo, in domestic prisons and jails, or at ICE immigration detention centers; explore how racism and anti-Muslim propaganda are being utilized to enable and normalize these unjust detentions and prosecutions, and contextualize these in the ongoing if rebranded so-called “war on terror.”

The Hagel Hearings

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Nick Turse: Chuck Hagel’s views on the Vietnam War underwent a fundamental shift following the release of audio tapes of President Lyndon Johnson admitting, in 1964, that the war was unwinnable. That “cold political calculation” caused Hagel to vow that he would “never, ever remain silent when that kind of thinking put more American lives at risk in any conflict.”

Byron Hurt at Occidental College Jan 23

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“Soul Food Junkies: The Impact of Food on Life and Health” Join us for the MLK Week Keynote speech with special guest BYRON HURT. Most recently, Byron directed the award winning documentary “Soul Food Junkies.” It aired nationally on PBS’ Emmy award-winning series, Independent Lens. Learn more at www.BHurt.com.