Millions of people from around the world have already been displaced by the devastating effects of climactic disaster, their lives forever disrupted, their homes, communities and livelihoods lost. Their story, a story millions more are facing, is told in Climate Refugees—this month’s Conscientious Projector presentation on Thursday, December 8, 7:00 p.m. at The Armory Center for the Arts. Writer-director Michael Nash set out to make a film about the human face of climate change, and the result is both moving and alarming, portending further grand scale challenges for every society on every continent on Earth in this new era of planetary transformation. A community discussion follows 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 Saturday, August 6 at 5 p.m., Conscientious Projector, All Saints Church, and COLORS (Christians Offering Love to Overcome Racism in Society) present the premiere screening of an unforgettable story of transformation and redemption . . . .
A Bill Brummel Productions Documentary
Violent skinhead Bryon Widner’s face, neck and hands were covered with intimidating, racist tattoos. Then he began a series of painful and extensive laser tattoo removal procedures – twenty-five treatments over the course of more than a year and a half. But the tattoo removal was just the outward sign of an inner transformation. Erasing Hate chronicles both in a film that presents a first person look inside the dark world of racist skinheads, yet offers hope in the story of one man’s escape from a life of violence, addiction and bigotry.
A question and answer session with Director Bill Brummel will follow the screening. The screening will be offered at All Saints Church, 132 North Euclid Avenue, Pasadena. A $5 donation is suggested.
This Sunday, July 31, our Peace & Justice Ministries partner COLORS (Christians Offering Love to Overcome Racism in Society) is sponsoring a luncheon screening of an acclaimed PBS American Experience film depicting a dramatic period in American civil rights history:
Sunday, July 31
12:45 – 4:00 pm
All Saints Church
132 N. Euclid
An extremely realistic portrayal of this most significant chapter in our nation’s history, the film movingly illustrates the power of moral authority in the hands and hearts of ordinary people to prevail against the KKK and racist elected officials. Freedom Riders dispels the prevailing myth that Northern (white) students went on a mission to the South to combat segregation and instead makes clear that the leadership lay with the local African American residents who risked their lives to help bring justice to our land.
Please join us for an inspiring afternoon as we watch this important documentary, have lunch together and discuss the film and its implications for our anti-racism work.
Please RSVP by July 26 to Mary Torregrosa (firstname.lastname@example.org or 626-271-3056) for your lunch reservation and to arrange childcare.
The film, by Old Dog Documentaries, “lays out the background of the ‘coffee crisis,’ a situation that Seth Petchers of Oxfam International describes as a ‘humanitarian catastrophe.’ We meet the coffee growers of Agua Buena in the rainforest of southern Costa Rica, who welcome us into their homes and describe the labor-intensive process of shade-grown coffee production.” The film also “offers simple but effective solutions based on what Robert Rice of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center calls the ‘natural organic connection that exists between farmers, coffee drinkers, and birds.’”
There will also be a presentation by Gilberto Ramirez, from CoopeAgri, R.L., San Ysidro, Costa Rica, who is a visionary innovator and a leader in his community, the first Fair Trade Town in Latin America.
On Thursday, June 9, 7:00 p.m., Conscientious Projector will screen the acclaimed documentary The World According to Monsanto, in which French journalist/filmmaker Marie-Monique Rubin investigates the chemical/biotech giant that brought us Agent Orange, PCB’s, Bovine Growth Hormones and GMO’s. The thoroughly researched film zeroes in on the company’s global crusade to patent seeds, outlaw the saving of seeds, and take punitive action against farmers who resist. Featuring Seeds of Deception author Jeffrey M. Smith, global sustainability champions Jeremy Rifkin and Vandana Shiva, and many more. For anyone concerned about biodiversity and the monopolization of the world’s food supply, this is a must-see.
A community discussion follows the film, which is presented with the assistance of Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Theaters program. The film will be shown at the Armory Center for the Arts, located at 145 North Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free. For more information, contact Marty Coleman at 626.792.4291 or visit www.seedsofdeception.com.
Astroturfing: The practice of creating fake grassroots groups to spread propaganda against social programs and public officials serving the public good over powerful corporate interests. Conscientious Projector takes a look at this phenomenon in (Astro) Turf Wars: How Corporate Is Faking a Grassroots Revolution (aka The Billionaires’ Tea Party) on Thursday, May 12, 7:00 p.m. at The Armory Center for the Arts. Australian filmmaker Taki Oldham’s bold 2010 documentary exposes the link between the Tea Party movement and the multi-billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, whose political advocacy organizations FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity have taken the lead in orchestrating insurgence against the Obama administration’s reform agenda.
A community discussion follows the film. For more information, send us an e-mail, post a comment or visit the film’s website at www.astroturfwars.com.
For the last seven years, Sustainable World, one of the vital Peace & Justice ministries of All Saints Church in Pasadena, California, has expanded its outreach beyond our parish campus by presenting Conscientious Projector, a free monthly documentary film series, in partnership with the Armory Center for the Arts. We spotlight bold independent filmmakers, who, through their craft, research and reporting skills, are able to expose injustice, human suffering and earthly blight, and point to hopeful alternatives and solutions. Our goal is to foster awareness of the social consequences of public policy and also of our own personal choices, so we can become more empowered and better equipped to join in transforming our communities and expanding the role of civil society in bringing about meaningful change both locally and globally.
The following is a complete list of the films we have shown to date: