Social Cinema 2017 Schedule

The UW-Madison Havens Center’s Annual Film Series explores contemporary social topics from critical perspectives. The series is designed to appeal to a broad audience of students, faculty, and the general public who not only love film but are also interested in engaging in a discussion of significant social, political, and economic issues explored through film. Each screening is followed by a conversation led by a facilitator or facilitators well versed in the topic covered by the film.

Social Cinema is organized in collaboration with the Wisconsin Union Directorate Film Committee, and is screened at the Marquee Theater, the beautiful state-of-the-art cinema in the new Union South, located at 1308 W. Dayton Street in Madison. The series is free and open to all.

Sugar Coated

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SOCIAL CINEMA: STORIES OF STRUGGLE & CHANGE 

SUGAR COATED

Wednesday, February 15, 7pm

Union South Marquee Theatre (1308 W. Dayton, Madison, WI)

Is sugar the new tobacco? Sugar Coated takes an eye-opening look at the public relations campaigns that the multi-billion dollar food industry has waged to discredit and distract from mounting scientific evidence about the toxicity of sugar. Ranging from the industry's first major PR campaign in he 1970s to its continuing propaganda offensives today, the film brings us face to face with an industry -- and a public health system -- at a crossroads. Will the PR specialists of the food industry continue to prevail? Or will accelerating public alarm about sugar-induced obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and fatty liver disease in children force Big Sugar -- like Big Tobacco before it -- to finally confront realityh and put people's health before profits?


Do Not Resist

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DO NOT RESIST

Wednesday, February 22, 7pm

Union South Marquee Theatre (1308 W. Dayton, Madison, WI)

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 puts viewers in the center of the action – from a ride-along with a South Carolina SWAT team and inside 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 – before exploring where controversial new technologies, including predictive policing algorithms, could lead the field next.

Following the film, join a discussion led by Jamala Rogers, Organization for Black Struggle, St. Louis

 


The True Cost

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THE TRUE COST

Wednesday, March 1, 7pm

Union South Marquee Theatre (1308 W. Dayton, Madison, WI)

This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Following the film, join a discussion led by labor rights organizers and anti-sweatshop activists. 

 


Seed: The Untold Story

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SEED: THE UNTOLD STORY

Wednesday, March 8, 7pm

Union South Marquee Theatre (1308 W. Dayton, Madison, WI)

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. Seed: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. 

Following the film, join a discussion led by John Peck, Family Farm Defenders.

 


The Occupation of the American Mind

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THE OCCUPATION OF THE AMERICAN MIND

Wednesday, March 15, 7pm

Union South Marquee Theatre (1308 W. Dayton, Madison, WI)

Israel's ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and its repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world — except the United States. The Occupation of the American Mind takes an eye-opening look at this critical exception, zeroing in on pro-Israel public relations efforts within the U.S. The film explores how the Israeli government, the U.S. government, and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different motives, to shape American media coverage of the conflict.

Following the film, join a discussion led by Deepa Kumar, Professor of Media Studies, Rutgers University, and Allen Ruff, host of WORT’s A Public Affair