Seeking Justice: A Movie Series

First Congregational has a long history of responding to issues affecting life in the community and beyond.  The Adult Education Committee in cooperation with the Outreach Board is excited to offer a movie series related to three issues that are important to our outreach in Madison, state-wide and nationally. The movies will be held on a Friday night in September, October and November. The evening will begin with a light meal at 5:30. Sandwiches/veggies/chips/drinks will be provided, then the movie begins at 6:00pm. Discussion will follow each of the movies. We will also have people knowledgeable on the topic join us during our discussion time. Movies will be held in the Fellowship Room.

September 27- “Street Pulse” Street Pulse is a documentary about Robert and Angel Huffar and their journey on the streets. Robert and Angel met in 2010 at the Capitol while looking for work and support groups. They sell and write for the Street Pulse newspaper to make a small income while they continued to seek something more permanent.  “Street Pulse” finds Robert and Angel living under a bridge in Madison and follows them from summer to a harsh Wisconsin winter as they work for food, a job, a place to live, and a future.

October 18- “The House I Live In” As America remains embroiled in conflict overseas, a less visible war is taking place at home, costing countless lives, destroying families, and inflicting untold damage on future generations of Americans. Over forty years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before. Filmed in more than twenty states, “The House I Live In” captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of America’s War on Drugs. From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America’s longest war, offering a definitive portrait and revealing its profound human rights implications.

While recognizing the seriousness of drug abuse as a matter of public health, the film investigates the tragic errors and shortcomings that have meant it is more often treated as a matter for law enforcement, creating a vast machine that feeds largely on America’s poor, and especially on minority communities. Beyond simple misguided policy, “The House I Live In” examines how political and economic corruption have fueled the war for forty years, despite persistent evidence of its moral, economic, and practical failures.

November 22- “West of Thunder” Nine years after the Massacre of Wounded Knee, the Lakota people on Pine Ridge Reservation are on a precipice. Set amongst the stunning and unique beauty of the Badlands, “West of Thunder” sees a complex character, Henry Seed, arrive in a South Dakota town on the outskirts of the newly created reservation. When eerie and inexplicable events, closely akin to the horrors that had been visited upon the Lakota people begin to occur in the western town, everything seems to point to the newest resident, Henry Seed. Questions abound as to whether Seed is some sort of supernatural demon seeking retribution and revenge or if there is a more simple explanation for each of the occurrences. While Seed's arrival may seem to have provided an opportunity for revenge for the Lakota, the respected Lakota spiritual leader, Little Thunder, has a more far-seeing response. As the Lakota people face and adapt to their new circumstances, Little Thunder envisions the consequences of taking the path of revenge or maintaining the integrity of their inclusive traditional values and the interconnected circles of all mankind.

Please plan to join us for these three great movie offerings. Come to one, or join us for all three! Great food, great fellowship and eye-opening information!

~ Eldonna Hazen


Posted on September 10, 2013 at 10:54 am in Featured Content.

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