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In “Tribal Justice,” two Native American judges apply indigenous concepts of justice in order to reduce incarceration rates, foster greater safety for their communities, and create a more positive future for their youth. By addressing the root causes of crime, they are providing models of restorative justice that are working.
Mainstream courts across the country are taking notice. Screening followed by a discussion with filmmaker Anne Makepeace and judges Abby Abinanti and Claudette White.
This event is a collaboration with the award-winning documentary series “POV” (www.pbs.org/pov). Sponsor: Friends of the Hennepin County Library.
Wed, Oct 30, 6:30 pm
Best Buy Theater
FREE and open to the public
The Orator (O Le Tulafale) is a contemporary drama about courage, forgiveness, and love. Humble and small in stature, Sailli lives a simple life with his beloved wife and daughter in an isolated, traditional village on the islands of Samoa. Forced to protect his land and family, Saili must face his fears and speak up for those he loves. The film’s exploration of Pacific Island culture and masculinity coincides with themes explored in Black Grace’s program of mixed repertory by Samoan choreographer Neil Ieremia.
Rated M for Mature (violence and offensive language) by the New Zealand Film Commission.
1 hour, 50 minutes
In Somoan with English subtitles
In conjunction with Black Grace’s mixed repertory
Filmed during the Paris Opera Ballet’s 2006 production of Jewels, this documentary is a behind-the-scenes look at George Balanchine’s first full-evening plot-less ballet. The film features clips of the company’s performance and candid interviews with costume designer Christian Lacroix, principal dancers and artistic staff of the Paris Opera Ballet, and Barbara Horgan of the Balanchine Trust, providing historical and creative context to Balanchine’s timeless work. Get a glimpse of this renowned work ahead of Ballet West’s performance.
Not Rated by the MPAA
In French with English subtitles
Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly Black neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly White prep school she attends. When Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer, she must find her voice and stand up for what’s right despite pressures from all sides of the community.
Based on the award-winning novel by Angie Thomas, the film stars Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Anthony Mackie, and Common. Similar to the themes present in choreographer Kyle Abraham’s work, The Hate U Give addresses identity, history, community, and social justice issues.
MPAA Rated: PG-13
2 hours, 13 minutes
Originally aired as part of PBS’ Dance in America series, The Wrecker’s Ball weaves together Paul Taylor’s Company B, Funny Papers, and A Field of Grass into a narrative that follows a fictional theater called Danceland through the 1940s, ‘50s, and ‘60s before its demolition. Featuring the music of the Andrews Sisters and Harry Nilsson, this rare gem of Paul Taylor’s work adapted for television is not available on streaming services or DVD/Blu-Ray. This screening is made possible with permission of WNET New York and Paul Taylor Dance Company.
Not Rated by the MPAA
Iron Jawed Angels is the true story of suffragist and so-called “new woman” Alice Paul and the defiant young activists who re-invigorated the women’s suffrage movement before the passing of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Using contemporary music and cinematography, director Katja von Garnier pulls no punches showing the indignities and assaults these women endured to make their voices heard and to win the right to vote. The film stars Hillary Swank, Angelica Huston, Frances O’Connor, Margo Martindale, and Patrick Dempsey.
Not Rated by the MPAA – contains scenes of violence against women
2 hours, 3 minutes
This documentary follows journalist Dariko and her sidekick Khaka as they report on local personalities and cultural events for a television station in a small town in the country of Georgia. While balancing vague threats from politicians looking for more favorable coverage to criticism from the community for not covering its corruption enough, the journalists must also try to find the funding to stay in operation at all. The Dazzling Light of Sunset reveals a community forming an image of itself in its country’s chaotic process of transition from Soviet rule.
Not rated by the MPAA
1 hour, 14 minutes
In Georgian with English subtitles