What's Up Doc? A Documentary Film Series on Human Rights

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Join us for a thought-provoking series on Human Rights featuring documentaries curated by the Clinton Human Rights Committee. Each film screening will be followed by an audience discussion.

  • Sat. 1/14: Slavery by Another Name, Director: Sam Pollard. 2012. 1 hour 30 minutes. Narrated by Laurence Fishburne, this film challenges one of our most cherished assumptions: that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation and tells how even as "chattel slavery" came to an end in the South after the Civil War, new systems of involuntary servitude took its place with shocking force and brutality. Tolerated by both the North and South, forced labor lasted well into the 20th century. The film documents how for more than 80 years, thousands of African Americans, often guilty of no crime at all, were arrested, compelled to work without pay, repeatedly bought and sold, and coerced to do the bidding of white masters.
  • Sat. 1/21: Owned: A Tale of Two Americas - The Dark History Behind the US Housing Economy, Director: Giorgio Angelini. 2018. 1 hour 22 minutes. Is the "American Dream" of home ownership a false promise? This film weaves together the racist history of mid-century housing policy in America and the ramifications of the 2008 housing market collapse. This PBS documentary is an expose on how American housing policy has been manipulated for years in discriminatory ways and unearths the complicated, painful, often disturbing history of housing policy in America, shifting perceptions about what the idea of "home" means.
  • Sat. 1/28: Trust Me, Director: Roko Belic. 2020. 1 hour 30 minutes. A multiple award-winning film exploring human nature, information technology, and the need for media literacy to help people trust one another, bring them together, and create a more resilient population. This film shows how an avalanche of negative news and misinformation contributes to our fear of the world and has led to mistrust of others—further leading to racism, polarization, mental health disorders, and even crime.
  • Sat. 2/4: For Walter and Josiah, Director: Jamie Elias. 2022. 1 hour 17 minutes. This film transports us to the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana where a small indigenous community is shaken to its core by a teen suicide epidemic that claims 22 Native lives in a single year – including two high school basketball team members. The documentary follows the basketball team during their most recent season as the surviving members play to honor their fallen brothers and uplift their community.


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