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Community Cinema Film Screening The State of Arizona CANCELLED

WSIU Community Cinema: Connecting People and Issues Through Film

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When: Last Saturday of Each Month at 2:30pm, September & October 2013, February - May 2014 (no films in November, December or January)
Where: Carbondale Public Library, 405 West Main

The SIU College of Mass Communication & Media Arts (MCMA), WSIU Public Broadcasting, and the Carbondale Public Library are proud to present the 2013-14 season of Community Cinema, a civic engagement initiative featuring free monthly films from the PBS series Independent Lens. The film events are designed to bring communities together to discuss and get involved in the key social issues of our time.

Each screening is followed by a general discussion led by guest speakers with a personal connection to the topics raised in the films. Participants are encouraged to continue the discussion on MCMA's Facebook page at and WSIU-TV's Facebook page at

MCMA and WSIU would like to thank the Carbondale Public Library for their continued assistance with this important community engagement project.

For more information about WSIU's Community Cinema screenings, contact Deborah Tudor at (618) 453-4308 or

Community Cinema is a service of the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

CANCELLED--December 7: The State of Arizona (special time of 1:30pm)

The divisive battle over illegal immigration in Arizona that came to a head with Senate Bill 1070~frames this tense documentary that tracks multiple perspectives – activists, politicians, Latino immigrants, controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio, ranchers, and others – as America eyes the results.

Moderators: Cindy Buys, immigration law expert, SIU School of Law; Bridget Phillips, Cobden Migrant Center (tentative)


February 22: 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.

Moderators: Angela Aguayo, Assistant Professor, Department of Cinema & Photography, SIU Carbondale; Melinda Yeomans, Coordinator, University Womens Professional Advancement, SIU Carbondale.



March 29: The Trials of Mohammad Ali

The Trials of Muhammad Ali~covers the famed boxers toughest bout of all: his battle to overturn the five-year prison sentence he received for refusing U.S. military service. The film explores Ali's exile years when he was banned from boxing and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning race, religion, and wartime dissent.

Moderators: Novotny Lawrence, Associate Professor, Department of Radio, TV & Digital Media, SIU Carbondale; Center for Inclusive Excellence (TBD).


April 26: Medora

Medora, Indiana is a once-booming community beset by a crippled economy and a dwindling population. This documentary follows the towns 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.

Moderators: TBD.


May 31: 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.

Moderators: Center for Inclusive Excellence (TBD).

September 28: The Graduates

This film examines the many roots of the Latino dropout crisis through the eyes of a diverse array of inspiring Latino and Latina adolescents from across the United States. The students are part of an ongoing effort to increase graduation rates for a growing Latino population.

Moderators: Dan Elgin, Community Counselor; Danielle Soto, Assistant Professor, SIU Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice.


All film screenings are at 2:30pm at the Carbondale Public Library on the dates indicated. Schedule subject to change. Check back often for updates and confirmation of moderators.

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