“The vast and complicated issues facing today’s generation can leave many with the uncertainty and fear that nothing can be done. Yet by exploring how the influence of our media, education and parenting have shaped us, we can begin to understand what we must change, both as a generation and as a culture.” Thus begins #ReGENERATION, this month’s Conscientious Projector documentary screening on Thursday, February 14, 7:00 p.m. at The Armory Center for the Arts. Narrated by Ryan Gosling, the Anonymous Content production by writer-director Phillip Montgomery probes the social, economic and existential issues confronting young adults in contemporary American society encountering a world in need of transformational activism. Featuring Andrew Bacevich, Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky, Talib Kweli, Deepa Kumar, Norman Ornstein, the late Howard Zinn and many more.
Peter Laarman, Executive Director of Progressive Christians Uniting will facilitate a community discussion following the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.
On Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., join Conscientious Projector for a screening of a compelling and hopeful film, Bonsai People: The Vision of Muhammad Yunus. Economist Muhammad Yunus refers to the poor metaphorically as “Bonsai people,” that like the miniature trees, “Society never allowed them the space to grow.” Yunus and Grameen Bank, the financial institution he founded to alleviate poverty in Bangladesh, were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for pioneering the concept of microcredit, making small loans to poor people, mostly women, to start small local businesses with the goal of uplifting themselves, their families and their village communities. In thirty years, this innovation has spread to every continent and benefited millions with an astounding 98% rate of return on investment. Filmmaker Holly Mosher’s inspirational documentary Bonsai People: The Vision of Muhammad Yunus features him and his trailblazing “social business” work, focusing on the challenges and successes of six Bangladeshi women who receive microcredit loans and go on to transform their lives.
The film will be followed by a community discussion, at The Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.