HUMAN (Heart-Unity-Movement Building-Action-Now Film Series

The HUMAN (Heart-Unity-Movement-Building-Action-Now) Film Series highlights citizens’ power to uphold the principles of transparency, accountability, and equitable inclusion in our country’s political system; and to leverage citizens’ skills and organizing abilities to build environmentally resilient, economically strong communities.

The “HUMAN Summer Film Series” launched in July and continues through August 2017. The remainder of the series screenings will resume in Winter-Spring 2018.

These outstanding feature films (plus a music-filled documentary and an engrossing director’s interview) showcase diverse ways we can effect social and political change. See how some of the world’s best directors, actors and writers illuminate the many approaches citizens have taken in responding to threats against democratic values. The films touch on issues including cultural production and its relation to social change; the reach of government and privacy rights of citizens; the role of lobbying and “Dark Money” in the political structure; individual and community resilience in an era of climate change; and community response to migration.

 Discussion on the films’ themes and their local and national relevance will follow each screening, led by a local topic expert/organizational representative, whose remarks will be recorded as part of the commitment to making the series’ messages accessible to the Duluth community. We will seek screening venues with broad geographic coverage of Duluth neighborhoods.

SCREENINGS  (Alphabetical Order)
Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony (Documentary/Musical) “Amandla!” means “Power” in the Zulu and Sotho languages of South Africa, and tells the story of the role of protest music in the struggle against apartheid in that country. “Through archival footage and interviews with musicians and freedom fighters…Amandla! creates a vivid and powerful portrait of how music was crucial not only to communicating a political message beyond words, but also to the resistance itself--how songs bonded communities, buoyed resistance in the face of bullets and tear gas, and sowed fear in the ruling elite.” (Bret Fetzer)
Children of Men. Immigrants are banned and imprisoned in a dystopian, militarized Britain of the near future. A disillusioned political activist finds himself tasked with protecting an African refugee who may be the key to humanity’s future. Both thriller and meditation on our responsibilities to each other in a time of global displacement, Children of Men is a strikingly relevant film. Includes a documentary short feature on the factors that fuel migration with anti-globalization critic Naomi Klein and other social commentators.
How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can’t Change. (Film clips and interview). Climate Change is Real.  Now What? Oscar-nominated director Josh Fox (GASLAND) travels to 12 countries on six continents to investigate climate change. While he acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences, Fox also concludes that it’s no time to turn away from activism and asks, What is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away? 
 Michael Clayton.The stakes are high when a giant agro-chemical corporation is sued because of the deadly effects of its “wonder” product. The title character, a shadowy operative for the powerful New York law firm fighting the class action suit, finds himself entangled in a dangerous web of intrigue in which disclosure of incriminating evidence against the corporation must be suppressed--at all costs. With a brilliant script and high-powered performances by George Clooney and Tilda Swinton (Academy Award, Best Supporting Actress - 2007), Michael Clayton raises crucial questions about accountability and transparency in our society’s legal and business institutions.

The Lives of Others. How far would you go to accommodate to –or to enable – a repressive society in order to further your professional success? What are the limits of government reach into the privacy of citizens? The fates of a group of creative artists and an agent of State surveillance become intertwined in surprising and life-altering ways in this award-winning film (2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film).    
Thank You for Smoking.  Big money is a featured player in this savagely funny satire about lobbying’s influence in our government and the misuse of science for corporate ends. Life gets complicated for a Washington lobbyist for big tobacco when a liberal senator mounts an anti-smoking campaign, and an ambitious reporter targets him for an expose. 

Additional titles to come....