March 29-April 26
“Social justice is about the fair and just relationship between individuals and society. We’re going to look at the ‘society’ part of this in a very particular sense, that as it relates to the role of government. The theme of this year’s series is a sobering one. We seek to explore the intersection of government policy, weapons and the ramifications of their use. We will look at the human cost from four different angles. National Bird will examine things from a global, military perspective. Do Not Resist will look at things from a national law enforcement perspective. Newtown will take the discussion towards a uniquely local and community-centric viewpoint. And, finally, Almost Sunrise will take on a very personal assessment of the human element. These four compelling films and the brilliant filmmakers coming to show them are not to be missed.” Paul Melroy, Executive Director
Each of these films will be screened at 6:30 on their respective days. One or more of the filmmakers will be in attendance for each film. There will be a champagne reception for all attendees at 6:00 before each film and a Q&A afterwards with the filmmakers.
This series is supported in part by The Michael Dively Social Justice and Diversity Endowment, the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys and Holly S. Merrill.
March 29, 2017
Guest Filmmaker: Sonia Kennebeck, Director and Co-Producer
For many military leaders, effective unmanned weapons systems have been a holy grail of sorts for many, many years. In the past decade this quest has very much turned into reality, albeit in a quiet and secretive way. But what is the human cost? What of the human collateral damage? How are decisions being made about targets and the lives are being put at risk? Has it become too easy to kill people? Have we given away some of our humanity in electing to embark upon this course?
April 5, 2017
Do Not Resist
Guest Filmmakers: Craig Atkinson, Director and Laura Hartrick, Producer
Winner of Best Documentary at both the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and the Denver and the 2016 Denver International Film Festival
Police departments all over the U.S. have become highly militarized with significant access to military-grade weapons and equipment. Has this exacerbated socio-economic tensions? Are the measures being used commensurate with the problems that the police are trying to mitigate? Is the public being put unnecessarily at risk?
April 12, 2017
Guest Filmmaker: Kim Snyder, Director
Gun rights and gun violence are amongst the most polarizing and divisive issues of our times. What should we expect from a society that has easy access to semi-automatic weapons? Can mass shootings be prevented? Should massacres make us rethink our position on these issues?
On December 14, 2012 Adam Lanza shot and killed 26 people—20 young students and six adults—inside Sandy Hook Elementary School. It remains one of the most horrific mass killings in American history. Filmed over the course of nearly three years, Newtown tells the story of the aftermath of this tragedy.
April 26, 2017
Guest Filmmaker: Marty Syjuco, Producer
Winner of the Moving Mountains Award at the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival.
Recently, researchers and therapists on the frontlines of veterans’ care have started to identify what may be a critical factor in the overall suicide crisis – a sort of “missing link” – a condition called “moral injury”. Dr. Brett Litz, a pioneer in the study of moral injury, points out that, “The key precondition for moral injury is an act of transgression, which shatters moral and ethical expectations that are rooted in religious or spiritual beliefs, or culture-based, organizational, and group-based rules about fairness, the value of life…” The injury can arise in a variety of forms ranging from “….perpetrating, failing to prevent, bearing witness to, or learning about acts that transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations.”