WEDU Presents Community Cinema

WEDU PBS is thrilled to announce that Community Cinema is returning to your neighborhood! We feel that film is a catalyst for impactful discussion regarding issues that not only affect our community, but the world as a whole.

To help bring some truly inspiring films, we have partnered with Independent Lens for their next season of Indie Lens Pop-Up! For this, we are provided with early copies of Independent Lens films coming to PBS during the next year. This year, their theme centers on the question, “What’s your vision for your neighborhood?” Each film discusses themes like diversity, climate change, and mental illness in unique and honest ways.

Each event will feature a film screening, followed by a discussion afterwards, with a panel or a speaker.

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Always In Season
Independent Lens: Always In Season

By Jacqueline Olive
Tuesday, February 11*, 2020 at 5:30PM at C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library | 2607 E Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Tampa, FL 33610
In Always in Season, descendants of the victims and perpetrators of lynching are working together to heal a violent history. Blending observational footage with first-person testimonies and expert input, Always in Season examines the lingering impact of lynching and the link between this historic form of racial terrorism and the racial violence that exists today.
THEMES: racial terrorism; criminal justice; community healing and reconciliation; trauma and resilience; institutional racism, violence, and oppression.
*Date changed to February 11 (originally February 18).

Independent Lens: Bedlam

By Kenneth Paul Rosenberg
Tuesday, March 27, 2020 at 3:30PM at Spring Hill Public Library | 9220 Spring Hill Dr, Spring Hill, FL 34608

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Filmmaker and practicing psychiatrist Ken Rosenberg visits ERs, jails, and homeless camps to examine our national mental health crisis. Rosenberg follows the poignant stories of people grappling with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other chronic psychiatric conditions, whose silence and shame often worsen the suffering.
THEMES: destigmatizing and decriminalizing mental illness; pervasiveness of mental health in America; exploring family histories around mental illness; improving access to care; alternative models of care; substance abuse; homelessness; judicial reforms; crisis intervention trainings.

Eating Up Easter
Independent Lens: Eating Up Easter

By Sergio Mata’u Rapu and Elena Rapu
Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 4:00PM at East Hernando Public Library | 6457 Windmere Rd, Brooksville, FL 34602

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More than just a picture postcard of iconic stone statues, Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, is a microcosm of a planet in flux. Native Rapanui grapple with a booming tourism trade that rakes in money, but brings about a changing climate that threatens the fragile ecology on the island. Rapanui filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu gives voice to his fellow islanders, who struggle to balance their strong cultural heritage with modern-day challenges.
THEMES: environmental sustainability; cultural conservation; reduce, reuse, recycle; sustainable tourism; globalization; care and responsibility for our planet.

Sarasota, FL Screening

Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 2:00PM at The Selby Public Library | 1331 1st Street, Sarasota, FL 34236

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