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A must see American Blackout

Whatever you think you know about our election systems or Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, this film will make you question further why the news media fails to accurately inform the public?

American Blackout chronicles the recurring patterns of voter disenfranchisement from Florida 2000 to Ohio 2004 while following the story of Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. Mckinney not only took an active role investigating these election debacles, but has found herself in the middle of her own after publicly questioning the Bush Administration about the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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Academy Award winning documentary film “Born Into Brothels,” follows the lives of eight children of Calcutta’s brothels as photojournalist Zana Briski teaches them photography and becomes involved in making a difference in their lives. Uplifting despite the circumstances, beautifully shot, available on DVD. Watch a trailer.

Kids with Cameras is the non-profit organization that grew out of the response to Born Into Brothels. Through sales of the children’s photography, ground has been broken to build a school for children of the brothel. The school’s mission is “promote unity, social inclusion, and environmental responsibility, and provide an educational and cultural framework for children to change their own circumstances.” Kids with Cameras has expanded, teaching the art of photography to marginalized children in communities around the world.

Discuss: Eva Saks's films

Discuss: The Sounds of Silence (Amir Hamz and Mark Lazar)

Discuss: Documentary Films in Asia

Films included in the "Journey to Healing" program of the Cambodian Youth Development Program, in Lowell Massachusetts include "The Monkey Dance" and "The Flute Player," two documentaries featuring Cambodian genocide survivors of Lowell who find healing in their traditions of music and dance.

Live and Become, now playing at West Newton Cinema
Epic story of an Ethiopian boy, airlifted from a Sudanese refugee camp to Israel in 1984 during Operation Moses. He must hide his Christian identity and try to understand and fullfill his Ethiopian mother’s parting request to “go, live, and become.”