A free monthly screening series, Community Cinema features films from the PBS series Independent Lens. In over 65 cities nationwide, organizations and public television stations encourage dialogue and action around important and timely social issues.
In Austin, screenings will be the first Tuesday of the month at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr,). Screenings will start at 7 p.m. with a discussion to follow each of the films.
Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian
Reel Injun is an exciting, insightful and entertaining feature length documentary about the evolution of the image of North American Native people (“The Indians”) in famous Hollywood movies, from the silent era to today.
Beverly May and Terry Ratliff grew up on opposite sides of a mountain ridge in eastern Kentucky, where coal is king. When a mountaintop removal coal mine encroaches on their community, the two find themselves on opposing sides of a debate dividing their community.
A behind-the-scenes look at young Americans — Christian, Jewish, Catholic, and Muslim — preparing to become America’s next generation of religious leaders.
For Once In My Life
The story of an inspiring group of people and their dream to make music. This film follows the members of the Spirit of Goodwill Band, twenty-eight musicians and singers who all have severe mental and/or physical disabilities.
Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story
Follows the sad and startling story of Cyntoia Brown, who is serving a life sentence for murder at the age of 16.
Pushing the Elephant
Pushing The Elephant chronicles the story of Rose Mapendo and how she escaped from the ethnic violence of the Democratic Republic of Congo to become a vital voice to help mend her divided country.
As the first woman to lead an Islamic nation, Benazir Bhutto led a life of Shakespearean dimensions. Her untimely death sent shock waves throughout the world, transforming Bhutto from political messiah to a martyr in the hearts of her people.
Welcome To Shelbyville
Set in the heart of America’s Bible Belt, Welcome to Shelbyville focuses on a small Southern town as they grapple with rapid demographic change and issues of immigrant integration.
Filmmaker Lydia Nibley explores the cultural context behind the tragic and senseless murder of Fred Martinez, a Navajo youth slain at the age of 16.