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Dec 1st – Finding Home

Saturday, December 1st, 2018, 7pm Room FSS-1006

(Social Sciences building on the University of Ottawa Campus)

Finding Home (2014):

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Finding Home is a unique documentary about trafficking, as the stories go far beyond the actual trafficking experiences. Finding Home shows in depth the struggle, growth, and challenges that come with trying to pick a life back up after it has been fragmented. Each of these three young women has a unique story with unique hurdles to overcome. The difficulties and complexities of learning how to deal with life after horrific abuse by slave owners and men looking to exploit sex with underage girls are unpacked in a way that communicates cross-culturally and proves the connectivity in the human spirit.

Finding Home reminds us that we are all connected in our humanity; that we are all looking for a place of love, acceptance and community…a place called home.

(This is the final showing of the 2018 Cinema Academica season).

Saturday Jan 12th 2019 is the expected continuation of the Cinema Academica season in 2019.

Sat Nov 24th – Battle in Seattle

Saturday, November 24, 2018, 7pm Room FSS-1006

Battle in Seattle

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Battle in Seattle (2008) is a 2007 political action-thriller film written and directed by Stuart Townsend, in his directorial debut. The story is based on the protest activity at the WTO Ministerial Conference of 1999. The film premiered on May 22, 2008 at the Seattle International Film Festival.

The film depicts the protest in 1999, as thousands of activists arrive in Seattle, Washington in masses to protest the WTO Ministerial Conference of 1999. Protesters believe the World Trade Organization contributes to widening the wealth gap between the rich and the poor, while the WTO claims to be fixing the disparity and decreasing world hunger, disease, and death.

The movie takes an in-depth look at several fictional characters during those five days in 1999 as demonstrators protested the meeting of the WTO in Seattle’s streets. The movie portrays conflicts between the peaceful protesters and people committing property destruction whose actions were widely covered by the media. Although the protest began peacefully with a goal of stopping the WTO talks, police began teargassing the crowd after it refused to clear the streets and the situation escalated into a full-scale riot and a State of Emergency that pitted protesters against the Seattle Police Department and the Washington National Guard.

Sat Nov 17th – The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

Saturday, November 17, 2018, 7pm Room FSS-1006

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (2011):

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Destroyed in a dramatic and highly-publicized implosion, the Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex has become a widespread symbol of failure amongst architects, politicians and policy makers. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth explores the social, economic and legislative issues that led to the decline of conventional public housing in America, and the city centers in which they resided, while tracing the personal and poignant narratives of several of the project’s residents. In the post-War years, the American city changed in ways that made it unrecognizable from a generation earlier, privileging some and leaving others in its wake. The next time the city changes, remember Pruitt-Igoe.

Sat Nov 10th – Why We Fight

Saturday, November 10, 2018, 7pm Room FSS-1006
Why we fight

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Why we fight is an unflinching anatomy of American war-making. The film launches a nonpartisan inquiry into the forces— political, economic, and ideological—that drive America to fight. Inspired by President Dwight Eisenhower’s 1961 Farewell address, filmmaker Eugene Jarecki weaves unforgettable stories of everyday Americans touched by war with commentary by a “who’s who” of military and Washington insiders.

99 minutes

Sat Nov 3rd – Is Trump for Real?

 

Saturday, November 3, 2018, 7pm Room FSS-1006
Is Trump for Real?

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With the help of Steve Bannon and Cambridge Analytica, Trump has been groomed to appeal to a broad mass of people, at a time when the general public has lost faith in media and politics. Bannon has admitted to close associates that he modelled his campaign on the one crafted for Adolf Hitler, who was a puppet of dark forces, at the very least “like” those who created Trump. Through meticulous investigative journalism, John Hankey explores the reality of said claims, and how the media circus following Trump is but a strategy for dividing a “United” States.

1 hr 2 min

Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa. room FSS-1006

(The Faculty of Social Sciences is located at 120 University Private (in between Vanier Hall and the Residential Complex).  If you stand in front of the Lamoureux Building, you can see the FSS tower behind the large tent-like structure.  FSS-1006 is on the first floor.)

Map: http://www.uottawa.ca/maps/

Directions to FSS-1006 : http://www.classfind.com/ottawa/room/FSS1006.html