2017 Summer Film Festival

The Neighbors, Justice, and Peace Committees of the Mission Board are teaming up to sponsor our annual Summer Film Series. Films will be shown after our Summer worship service, along with a light potluck lunch in the Social Hall.

Sun., July 9: The Secret Life of Your Clothes
1 hour | Hosted by the Neighbors Committee
In this revealing film, charismatic paralympian Ade Adepitan tells the fascinating story of the afterlife of our clothes. He follows the trail to Ghana, the biggest importer of our castoffs, where thousands of tons of our old clothes arrive every week. Ade meets the people who make a living from our old clothes, from wholesalers and markets traders to the importers raking in more than the average yearly wage in a single day!

 


 

 

Sun., July 16: A Justice that Heals
56 minutes | Hosted by the Justice Committee
This documentary explores the aftermath of the senseless murder of 19-year-old Andrew Young by 18-year-old Mario Ramos. It was one of 90 homicides in Chicago that month and, in many ways, was nothing unusual. But, the events that followed were anything but typical. Moving between interviews with Andrew’s family, Mario, his parents and pastor, this documentary reveals the human journey to find redemption and a form of justice that heals.

 


 

 

Sun., July 23: Locked in Box
24 minutes | Hosted by the Justice Committee
This award-winning short documentary follows the stories of individuals held in the U.S. Immigration detention system and those who visit them. The film traces the lives of individuals who fled their homelands in search of safety and freedom only to end up in U.S. prisons under a mandatory bed quota system run by Immigration Customs & Enforcement (ICE). Since the 1990’s there has been a massive expansion of the immigration detention system up to 34,000 immigrants in detention on any given day in approximately 200 different facilities, many of which are for-profit prisons. “Locked in a Box” helps strip away the political rhetoric to see the human cost of detention.

 


 

Sun., July 30: The Brainwashing of My Dad
Abbreviated version | Hosted by the Peace Committee
This documentary film directed by Jen Senko about the transformation of her father, Frank who was originally a “nonpolitical Kennedy Democrat”, but changed into a political Republican since the 1980s. On her father’s three hour or more commute to his place of employment, he listened to talk radio about Republican issues. Senko believes that the talk shows started the change in her father’s personality. The documentary includes Matthew Modine as the narrator and also features Noam Chomsky and Jeff Cohen. British doctor Kathleen Taylor examines how the media changed Frank’s mind, and the minds of people that are similar to him.