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November 2017

A Whale of a Tale

November 19, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Rainier Arts Center,
3515 S Alaska Street
Seattle, WA 98118 United States
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A Whale of a Tale An American journalist who resides in Japan tells the complex story behind a worldwide controversy over a Japanese village's tradition of whale-hunting and the beliefs of modern environmental activists. (Megumi Sasaki, Japan/USA, 95) General Admission: $10 | Senior/Student/Low-Income: $7 | BUY TICKETS Screens With: Man Hit the Donkey A young diaspora Palestinian attempts to find his family’s pre-1948 home. (Rashad Saleh, USA, 7 min)   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgnjGFWItFk

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American Circumcision

November 19, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rainier Arts Center,
3515 S Alaska Street
Seattle, WA 98118 United States
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The filmmakers shine unfamiliar light on the American practice of circumcision and the growing Intactivist movement, promoting the right of all humans to make their own choices about their bodies. (Brendon Marotta, USA, 101 min) General Admission: $10 | Senior/Student/Low-Income: $7 | BUY TICKETS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpQDkKF2pyU

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Peace Agency

November 19, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Rainier Arts Center,
3515 S Alaska Street
Seattle, WA 98118 United States
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Lian Gognali’s journey from her village to New York City, to create the Women's School and transform its students into agents of peace and non-violence, alters the course of a long conflict in Indonesia. (Sue Useem, Indonesia/USA, 91 min) General Admission: $10 | Senior/Student/Low-Income: $7 | BUY TICKETS   Screens With: What a Woman Supposed to Look Like A personal look at the stress felt about body image from the point of view of a young woman. She tries to accept herself…

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Dogs of Democracy

November 20, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
UW Ethnic Cultural Center Theater,
3931 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195 United States
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This documentary reveals how Greece, the birthplace of democracy, has become the ‘stray dog of Europe’, and how Athens's dogs became a symbol of hope for the people and for the anti-austerity movement. (Mary Zournazi, Australia/Greece, 58 min) General Admission: $10 | Senior/Student/Low-Income: $7 | BUY TICKETS   Screens with: STOP. A short film about street harassment. Young women voice their experiences and trauma that they endure on a day-to-day basis. A first-hand perspective on what it's like being female in…

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And Then They Came for Us

November 20, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
UW Ethnic Cultural Center Theater,
3931 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195 United States
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Firsthand accounts by survivors bring the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans into the present, as the filmmakers follow activists speaking out against the Muslim registry and travel ban. (Abby Ginzberg and Ken Schneider, USA, 47 min) Filmmakers will be in attendance for a post-film Q&A along with speaker Lorraine Bannai, professor of law at Seattle University and director of the Korematsu Center. General Admission: $10 | Senior/Student/Low-Income: $7 | BUY TICKETS Screens With:   The End of Bitterness An ethnographic…

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Trigger and Taking Alcatraz

November 20, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
UW Ethnic Cultural Center Theater,
3931 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195 United States

General Admission: $15 | Senior/Student/Low-Income: $10 | BUY TICKETS   Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence Drawing upon conversations with ER chaplains and trauma surgeons, police officers and ATF officials, survivors and victims' families, students and school counselors, and others, "Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence" shares the story of the "ripple effect" that one shooting has on a survivor, a family, a community and society. (David Barnhart, USA, 52 min) Taking Alcatraz An award-winning documentary of the 1969 Native American…

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The Sunrise Storyteller

November 21, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
UW Ethnic Cultural Center Theater,
3931 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195 United States
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A teenaged filmmaker, with funds raised online, travels to interview activists and organizers in Tanzania, South Africa, Thailand, Mozambique, and Canada to promote social justice and global citizenship. (Kasha Sequoia Slavner, Canada, 65 min) General Admission: $10 | Senior/Student/Low-Income: $7 | BUY TICKETS   Screens With: An Uneasy Truce A young woman's relationship with her body depicted through a series of diary entries. She slowly learns more about herself as she grows and matures. (Sylvia Colt-Lacayo, USA, 4 min)      …

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Honor Riders

November 21, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
UW Ethnic Cultural Center Theater,
3931 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195 United States
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A motorcycle group from the Navaho and Hopi tribes annually sponsors a three-day ride across the reservations to honor the memories and sacrifices of Native American veterans and fallen warriors. (Ralphina Hernandez, USA, 105 min) General Admission: $15 | Senior/Student/Low-Income: $10 | BUY TICKETS Screens With: We Prayed in Water This Cherokee animation film depicts a spiritual ceremony, known as “going to water,” that is being threatened by pollution and thereby threatening Cherokee culture and private religious practices. (Joseph Erb, Cherokee Nation, 5…

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October 2018

Justice in Immigration – Undeterred

October 5, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
University Christian Church,
4731 15th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA United States
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If hope is a discipline and democracy our foundation, we must face the inhumanity of separating families and dehumanizing communities. Join us for discussion and films documenting the changing lines that demarcate identity, immigration, and institutions. Centered around feature film Undeterred, this evening is about how Hope and Democracy transcend borders. Undeterred is a documentary about community resistance in the rural border town of Arivaca, Arizona. Since the creation of NAFTA, 9/11 and through the Obama and Trump administrations, border residents…

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Circle Up/Mayor of Graterford

October 6, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Northwest African American Museum,
2300 S Massachusetts Street
Seattle, WA 98144 United States
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After the brutal slaying of her teenage son, Janet Connors reaches out to her son's killer to offer a chance at forgiveness. They team up with a group of mothers of murdered children to help young people in their community break the chain of violence and revenge. Circle Up is a call to action for reframing approaches to crime and punishment through the lens of restorative justice, forgiveness, and accountability. (Julie Mallozzi, USA, 69 min) Stay after the screenings for a special…

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Truth to Power: Unapologetically Black Voices in Civic Leadership

October 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Northwest African American Museum,
2300 S Massachusetts Street
Seattle, WA 98144 United States

Witness local and nationwide history being made through the story of one man—Seattle Black Panther captain, Aaron Dixon—and the enduring legacy of Black Power. Join us for the documentary My People Are Rising and short film Sincerely, The Black Kids. Stay to discuss the impact of Seattle’s Black Panther Party on its 50th anniversary and the institutional challenges that black student leaders face on mostly white college campuses today. Speakers include Aaron Dixon, founder of Seattle’s Black Panther party at…

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The Guardians

October 7, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:15 pm
University Christian Church,
4731 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105 United States
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When Rudy and Rennie North retired in Las Vegas, the couple looked forward to their golden years in their own home. They didn't expect a state-appointed guardian to control their life savings and separate them from their daughter. Kidnapped from their home and drugged, they immediately lost their freedom to a stranger. Director Billie Mintz exposes a shockingly corrupt system, fueled by greed, that has targeted Baby Boomer wealth. His relentless investigation makes him an advocate and ally, following numerous…

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The Providers

October 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
University Christian Church,
4731 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105 United States
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Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, The Providers follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico. They work at El Centro, a group of safety-net clinics that offer care to all who walk through the doors, regardless of ability to pay. Amidst personal struggles that reflect those of their patients, the journeys of the providers unfold as they work to reach rural Americans who would otherwise be left out of the healthcare…

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Change in the Family

October 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Seattle University – Wyckoff Auditorium,
11th Ave and E. Columbia St.
Seattle, WA 98122 United States

Director Sam Hampton brings heart to this transgender-transition film with a story of celebration, health, and unconditional love. A much-needed portrayal of biracial trans and gender-nonconforming lives in America, this documentary chronicles the transition of Zo Thorpe and the sympathetic response of his family. But Change in the Family is about so much more than the transition experience; it speaks to the complexity of young adulthood, being a person of color, having a biracial identity, and coming out as trans…

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Shorts Program: Light in Dark Places

October 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UW Ethnic Cultural Center Theater,
3931 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195 United States
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In challenging times, how do we persevere and rekindle hope? Five short films tackle these questions, and more. General Admission: $10 | Senior/Student/Low-Income: $7 | BUY TICKETS   Nevertheless, She Persisted In this visual poem, a powerful girl shows what she can do when she does not let the world hold her back. (Ella Warner, USA, 3 min) Side by Side: Out of a South Korean Orphanage and into the World In a series of intensely intimate, first-person narratives filmed around the…

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Food Fighter

October 13, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center,
4705 West Marginal Way W
Seattle, WA 98106 United States
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Ronni Kahn used to be a contributor to Australia’s annual $20 billion food waste bill when she ran a successful corporate events company producing million-dollar dinners. Then she realised the absurdity of throwing away perfectly edible food, trading capitalism for social activism by founding OzHarvest, a food rescue charity, in 2004. Filmed over two years and across four continents, Food Fighter follows Ronni’s crusade against the global food waste scandal as she partners with the United Nations in Bangkok, rubs…

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waałšiʔaƛin (Coming Home)

October 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center,
4705 West Marginal Way W
Seattle, WA 98106 United States
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Seattle’s Duwamish tribe welcomes you to the Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center to view three short films and feature film waałšiʔaƛin (Coming Home), followed by a post-film Q&A. In these films, native voices and film tell the stories of reclaiming identity, land, and dignity. Watch Hope and Democracy in action as native peoples stand together in search of healing and a way home. waałšiʔaƛin explores the modern story of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, a self-governing nation on the west coast of…

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Go Penguins!

October 14, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Seattle University – Wyckoff Auditorium,
11th Ave and E. Columbia St.
Seattle, WA 98122 United States
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Go Penguins! is a documentary that follows a theatre troupe’s inspiring journey to produce a Broadway-style musical featuring children and young adults with developmental disabilities in lead and ensemble roles. The film follows these artists, their peer mentors, parents and theatre professionals as they journey through the intense process of preparing for their big show at the local high school. Artists with disabilities, such as autism, cerebral palsy, and visual impairment, are showcased as they navigate their challenges, gain social…

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The Turn Out

October 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Seattle University – Wyckoff Auditorium,
11th Ave and E. Columbia St.
Seattle, WA 98122 United States
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In a small town in Southern Appalachia, a trucker must decide if he will stand up and take action against sex trafficking at his truckstop. The Turn Out melds the testimony and talents of sex trafficking survivors, anti-trafficking activists, and truckers with the work of film professionals to create a tapestry of moral dilemma and personal connection in the local landscape of Glouster, Ohio, Athens County, and Mineral Wells, West Virginia. (Pearl Gluck, USA, 77 min) General Admission: $10 |…

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March 2019
Free

“Best of the Fest” Spokane Festival

March 1 - March 3
Magic Lantern Theatre,
25 W Main Ave #125
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

March 1-3 at the Magic Lantern Theater.  Admission is free! March 1, 7 PM - The Providers Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, The Providers follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico. Screen with "Mexico: Looking for Lost Migrants" March 2, 3:30 PM - Go Penguins! Go Penguins! is a documentary that follows a theatre troupe’s inspiring journey to produce a Broadway-style musical featuring children and young adults with developmental disabilities in lead…

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Best of the Fest – The Providers

March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Magic Lantern Theatre,
25 W Main Ave #125
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, The Providers follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico. They work at El Centro, a group of safety-net clinics that offer care to all who walk through the doors, regardless of ability to pay. Amidst personal struggles that reflect those of their patients, the journeys of the providers unfold as they work to reach rural Americans who would otherwise be left out of the healthcare…

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Best of the Fest – Go Penguins!

March 2 @ 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Magic Lantern Theatre,
25 W Main Ave #125
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

Go Penguins! is a documentary that follows a theatre troupe’s inspiring journey to produce a Broadway-style musical featuring children and young adults with developmental disabilities in lead and ensemble roles. The film follows these artists, their peer mentors, parents and theatre professionals as they journey through the intense process of preparing for their big show at the local high school. Artists with disabilities, such as autism, cerebral palsy, and visual impairment, are showcased as they navigate their challenges, gain social…

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Best of the Fest – waałšiʔaƛin (Coming Home)

March 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Magic Lantern Theatre,
25 W Main Ave #125
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

Seattle’s Duwamish tribe welcomes you to the Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center to view three short films and feature film waałšiʔaƛin (Coming Home), followed by a post-film Q&A. In these films, native voices and film tell the stories of reclaiming identity, land, and dignity. Watch Hope and Democracy in action as native peoples stand together in search of healing and a way home. waałšiʔaƛin explores the modern story of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, a self-governing nation on the west coast of…

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Best of the Fest – The Guardians

March 3 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Magic Lantern Theatre,
25 W Main Ave #125
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

When Rudy and Rennie North retired in Las Vegas, the couple looked forward to their golden years in their own home. They didn't expect a state-appointed guardian to control their life savings and separate them from their daughter. Kidnapped from their home and drugged, they immediately lost their freedom to a stranger. Director Billie Mintz exposes a shockingly corrupt system, fueled by greed, that has targeted Baby Boomer wealth. His relentless investigation makes him an advocate and ally, following numerous…

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Best of the Fest – Side by Side and Sincerely, the Black Kids

March 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Magic Lantern Theatre,
25 W Main Ave #125
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

Side by Side: Out of a South Korean Orphanage and into the World In a series of intensely intimate, first-person narratives filmed around the world, Side by Side explores the South Korean adoptee experience through stories of abandonment, relinquishment, and reunification. (Glenn Morey and Julie Morey, USA, 39 min) Sincerely, the Black Kids Follow the stories of black student leaders from colleges around the country that are becoming battlegrounds for racial politics and agendas. Sometimes, they say, it IS because…

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