whose streets
Sep
29
6:30pm 6:30pm

whose streets

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The activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice bring you WHOSE STREETS?: a documentary about the Ferguson uprising.
 
When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis County. Grief, long-standing tension and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. In the days that follow, artists, musicians, teachers and freedom fighters stand on the front lines to demand justice. As the National Guard descends on Ferguson with military-grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new wave of resistance: a battle not for civil rights, but for the right to live.  

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Directed by: Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis
Year: 2017

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no man's land
Nov
3
6:30pm 6:30pm

no man's land

Free and open to the public.

With unfettered access, Director David Byars gives a detailed, on-the-ground account of the 2016 standoff between protestors occupying Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and federal authorities in NO MAN'S LAND. After the leaders of this occupation put out a call to arms via social media, the Malheur occupiers quickly bolstered their numbers with a stew of right-wing militia, protestors, and onlookers. 

What began as a protest to condemn the sentencing of two ranchers quickly morphs into a catchall for those eager to register their militant antipathy toward the federal government. During the 41-day siege, the filmmakers were granted remarkable access to the inner workings of the insurrection as the occupiers went about the daily business of engaging in an armed occupation. 

NO MAN’S LAND documents the occupation from inception to its dramatic demise and tells the story of those on the inside of this movement: the ideologues, the disenfranchised, and the dangerously quixotic, attempting to uncover what draws Americans to the edge of revolution.

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Directed by: David Byars
Year: 2017

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big sonia
Dec
8
6:30pm 6:30pm

big sonia

Free and open to the public.

In the last store in a defunct shopping mall, 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski—great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor—runs the tailor shop she’s owned for more than thirty years.

But when she’s served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to revisit her harrowing past as a refugee and witness to genocide. A poignant story of generational trauma and healing, BIG SONIA also offers a laugh-out-loud-funny portrait of the power of love to triumph over bigotry, and the power of truth-telling to heal us all.

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Directed by: Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday
Year: 2017

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priced out
Jan
5
6:30pm 6:30pm

priced out

Free and open to the public.

An investigative and personal look at how skyrocketing housing prices are displacing Portland's black community and reshaping the entire city, this feature-length documentary explores the complexities and contradictions of gentrification, and what neighborhood life means after the era of "The Ghetto."

Featuring a Q&A with director Cornelius Swart, and special guests Michelle Lewis and Percy Hampton, subjects of PRICED OUT. 

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Directed by: Cornelius Swart
Year: 2018

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almost sunrise
May
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

almost sunrise

ALMOST SUNRISE is a story of resilience and recovery. A feature-length documentary by director Michael Collins and producer Mart Syjuco, the film follows two Iraq veterans, Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, as they struggle with depression upon returning home from military service. Fearful of succumbing to the epidemic of veteran suicide, they both seek a lifeline and embark on a 2,700-mile walk across America as a way to confront their inner pain. The film captures an intimate portrait of two friends suffering from the unseen wounds of war as they discover an unlikely treatment: the restorative power of silence and meditation.

A cinematic experience that juxtaposes the internal struggles of its characters against the wide-open spaces of America’s heartland, ALMOST SUNRISE is also the first film to explore “moral injury:” the profound shame that many veterans feel when their experiences of war violate their moral beliefs, and a possible critical factor in veteran suicide.

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Directed by: Michael Collins
Produced by: Marty Syjuco
Year: 2016

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national bird
Apr
21
6:00pm 6:00pm

national bird

NATIONAL BIRD follows the dramatic journey of three whistleblowers who are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial current affairs issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war. At the center of the film are three U.S. military veterans. Plagued by guilt over participating in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries, they decide to speak out publicly, despite the possible consequences.

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do not resist
Mar
17
6:00pm 6:00pm

do not resist

Starting on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, DO NOT RESIST, the directorial debut of DETROPIA cinematographer Craig Atkinson, offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and a glimpse into the future.

The Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best Documentary, DO NOT RESIST puts viewers in the center of the action, from a ride-along with a South Carolina SWAT team, to a police training seminar that teaches the importance of “righteous violence,” to the floor of a congressional hearing on the proliferation of military equipment in small-town police departments. Ultimately the film explores a vast evolution of the culture of policing in America, highlighting a dire need for change.

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Directed by: Craig Atkinson
Produced by: Laura Hartrick
Year: 2016

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the armor of light
Feb
24
6:00pm 6:00pm

the armor of light

THE ARMOR OF LIGHT screening will be followed by an inclusive and powerful post-film discussion with special guests Penny Okamoto, Executive Director of Ceasefire Oregon; Paul Kemp, President of Gun Owners for Responsible Ownership; and Zicra Lukin, a volunteer leader of the Oregon chapter of Moms Demand Action.

THE ARMOR OF LIGHT follows an Evangelical minister and the mother of a teenage shooting victim who ask, is it possible to be both pro-gun and pro-life? 

In a gripping portrait of courage, director Abigail E. Disney follows the journey of an Evangelical minister trying to find the moral strength to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America. THE ARMOR OF LIGHT tracks Reverend Rob Schenck, anti-abortion activist and fixture on the political far right, who breaks with orthodoxy by questioning whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life.  Reverend Schenck is shocked and perplexed by the reactions of his long-time friends and colleagues who warn him away from this complex, politically explosive issue.  

Along the way, Rev. Schenck meets Lucy McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, an unarmed teenager who was murdered in Florida and whose story has cast a spotlight on “Stand Your Ground” laws. Also an Evangelical Christian, McBath’s personal testimony compels Rev. Schenck to reach out to pastors around the country to discuss the moral and ethical response to gun violence. Lucy is on a difficult journey of her own, trying to make sense of her devastating loss while using her grief to effect some kind of viable and effective political action—where so many before her have failed. 

THE ARMOR OF LIGHT follows these allies through their trials of conscience, heartbreak and rejection, as they bravely attempt to make others consider America’s gun culture through a moral lens. The film is also a courageous look at our fractured political culture and an assertion that it is, indeed, possible for people to come together across deep party lines to find common ground.

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Directed by: Abigail E. Disney and Kathleen Hughes
Year: 2015

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