September 6, 7, and 8. Join us in the Duderstadt Center Video Studio for three feature length, award-winning documentaries by individuals who have dedicated themselves to finding positive responses to our most pressing issues: climate justice, racial injustice and its roots, and the survival of American democracy. Shown on the Video Studio “Big Screen”.
Kiss the Ground
Tuesday September 6th, 6:30 p.m.
1 hr. 24 min.
A revolutionary group of activists, scientists, farmers, and politicians band together in a global movement of “Regenerative Agriculture” that could balance our climate, replenish our vast water supplies, and feed the world.
Written and Directed by Joshua Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickell
Narrated by Woody Harrelson
“An optimistic climate documentary, narrated by Woody Harrelson, argues for the healing power of soil, which could offer a solution to the climate crisis.”
Natalia Winkelman, The New York Times
Who We are: A Chronicle of Racism in America
Wednesday, September 7th, 6:30 p.m.
1 hr. 48 min.
In Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America, Jeffrey Robinson shows us how legalized discrimination and state-sanctioned brutality, murder, dispossession, and disenfranchisement continued long after slavery ended, profoundly impeding Black Americans’ ability to create and accumulate wealth as well as to gain access to jobs, housing, education, and health care. Weaving heartbreak, humor, passion, and rage, Robinson’s words lay bare an all-but-forgotten past, as well as our shared responsibility to create a better country in our lifetimes.
Written by Jeffery Robinson
Directed by Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler.
“The film is one aspect of a larger “Who We Are Project” founded by Robinson, that intends to “correct the American narrative on our history of racism,” defined as “prejudice plus social power plus legal authority.” The project will indeed produce materials for schools and other institutions, with the ultimate goal of “moving America to address racial inequity.”
Michael King, The Austin Chronicle
Whose Vote Counts, Explained
Thursday, September 8th, 6:30 p.m.
3 – 25 minute episodes
“For the three episodes in this series, “The Right to Vote,” “Can You Buy an Election?” and “Whose Vote Counts,” we combed through piles of studies, analyzed reams of data, and spoke to leading experts who’ve lived these systems from the inside. The result, we hope, is three compelling stories that make the issues and their stakes clear — brought to life by our three incredibly talented narrators, who shared our passion for these issues: Leonardo DiCaprio, Selena Gomez, and John Legend”
Claire Gordon, Vox.com