Oct. 2, 2013
Public Information & Communications
Contact: Kevin Christopher
Mesa, AZ – The City of Mesa Office of Diversity, City of Mesa Human Relations Advisory Board, Mesa Arts Center, ITVS Community Cinema and Eight Arizona PBS present “Community Cinema,” a monthly series of free movies throughout the year, along with post-show discussions. The largest public interest outreach program in public or commercial television, Community Cinema features a sneak peek of documentaries set to broadcast on the award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. After the screenings, Community Cinema will host panel discussions with leading community-based organizations, special guest speakers, interactive workshops, local resources and other programming designed to help people learn more and get more involved.
The first event of the 2013-2014 season is the screening of “The Graduates/Los Graduados” Thursday, Oct. 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Mesa Arts Center’s Dobson Lecture Hall. “The Graduates/Los Graduados” explores pressing issues in education today through the eyes of six young Latino and Latina students from across the United States. The film offers first-hand perspectives on key challenges facing Latino high school students and their families, educators and community leaders. The screening will be offered with Spanish sub-titles and Spanish translation will also be available. Following the screening, there will be an open-innovation session with attendees to discuss ways to raise awareness, coordinate action, and develop locally-based solutions to improve high school graduation rates in Mesa.
The 2013-2014 screenings include five other films:
November 21 – The State of Arizona
This vérité documentary captures the explosive emotions and complex realities behind Arizona’s headline-grabbing struggle with illegal immigration.
February 20 – Las Marthas
Dating from the aftermath of the Spanish-American War, the annual debutante ball in Laredo, Texas is unlike any other. “Las Marthas” follows two Mexican American girls carrying this gilded tradition on their young shoulders during a time of economic uncertainty and political tension over immigration.
March 20 – The Trials of Muhammad Ali
“The Trials of Muhammad Ali” covers the famed boxer's toughest bout of all: his battle to overturn the five-year prison sentence he received for refusing U.S. military service.
April 17 – Medora
Medora, Indiana is a once-booming community beset by a crippled economy and a dwindling population. This documentary follows the town's down-but-not-out varsity basketball team over a season, capturing the players' stories on and off the court - as the team's struggle to compete parallels the town's fight for survival.
May 15 – The New Black
Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, “The New Black” takes viewers into the pews, the streets and kitchen tables as it looks at how the African American community grapples with the divisive gay rights issue.
For more information, visit www.mesaaz.gov/diversity
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