PAX CHRISTI FILM SERIES 2016

Meaningful Movies!
Presented by Pax Christi El Paso 
and the Peace & Justice Ministry of the El Paso Catholic Diocese

 3:00 p.m. on one Sunday of each month
Mother Teresa Center, 2400 East Yandell Drive, El Paso
Admission: FREE  Information: (915) 740-3962

 
January 10 -  A UNIVERSAL APPROACH TO PEACE
“The Dalai Lama speaks simply about deep issues. Peace in its multi-layered complexity isn't just stopping violence on our planet. Slowly, gently we are led to the deepest meanings of peace in our individual and collective minds and hearts.” (From an Amazon.com customer review)
 
February 14 - THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE, 1967-1975
The media often portrayed the Black Panther Party as a bunch of gun-toting militants, but in The Black Power Mixtape we see Black Panthers running community schools, serving free breakfasts, and teaching self-defense. The film combines music, never-before-seen footage by a group of Swedish journalists, and audio interviews with artists, activists, musicians and scholars.
 
March 13 - THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS
Research into the psychological and physical effects of forgiveness is the basis for this popular  documentary film made for national public television. It includes segments on the Amish, the 9/11 tragedy, and peace-building in Northern Ireland, along with interviews with Thich Nhat Hanh, Elie Wiesel, Marianne Williamson, and others. The film also explores the role of forgiveness in various faith  traditions.
 
April 10 - ORIGINS
Humans once lived symbiotically with our environment, but that’s all changed. We’ve become disconnected from the natural world. This is what prompted Dr. Pedram Shojai  to look for ways  to reclaim the health of our planet. This film, from Friends of the Earth, shows how to combine natural practices from past generations with modern-day living, how to take back the power to determine our quality of life, how to make improvements to the world around us.
 
May 15 - THE TAKE: OCCUPY, RESIST & PRODUCE
“Using the recuperated Forja factory as a microcosm of the larger Argentine piquetero movement, author Naomi Klein and director Avi Lewis have done a brilliant job documenting the grassroots activism of marginalized workers in the wake of Argentina's dramatic economic collapse caused by years of IMF/World Bank structural adjustment programs and the corrupt presidency of Carlos Menem. Faced with abject poverty and state repression, the unemployed auto-parts workers of the Forja factory have occupied their abandoned workplace and transformed it into a successful cooperative, proving thus the power of labor solidarity.” (From an Amazon.com customer review 
 
June 12 - TANGERINES
“A tangerine harvest may seem a strange vehicle to use as the backdrop to this Oscar-nominated film about the pity and the futility of war, but it carries perfectly a story that combines beauty of landscape with random and savage violence, the quiet depths of human compassion with brainless thuggery, wry irony and a series of unnoticed tragedies amid a largely ignored war.” (Thinking Faith, the online journal of the Jesuits in Britain)

Sunday, July 10, 2016
HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE
This is the story of some young activists and their struggle to turn AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Without scientific training, they still were able to help identify promising new drugs, get the attention of unresponsive government leaders, and shorten the time it took to get the drugs into the hands of AIDS patients. 
Film includes interviews with activists, physicians, and others, along with clips of protests, meetings, and news coverage.


Sunday, August 14, 2016 

NUCLEAR 911: BROKEN ARROWS, ACCIDENTS & INCIDENTS 
There have been a lot more “broken arrows”—a phrase the U.S. government uses to refer to accidents involving nuclear weapons—than the public realizes, and some of these misfortunes have come close to wiping out millions of people. This film portrays real events, using a combination of news footage and archival footage, interviews with participants in some of the accidents, narration by Adam West, and details spoken by a former Department of Energy spokesman.


Sunday, September 11, 2016
THE GHOSTS OF JEJU 
A shocking documentary about the struggles of the people of Jeju Island, South Korea—both after World War II, against the U.S. backed military government of Korea, and now again, against the construction of a massive U.S. naval base that will destroy their 400-year-old village and its rich natural environment. The indomitable spirit of the villagers and their supporters will inspire and motivate everyone who believes there is a better way to live together on this planet.


Sunday, October 9, 2016
GUNNED DOWN: THE POWER OF THE N.R.A. 

An investigation into the National Rifle Association and how it consistently manages to defeat new gun-control legislation. Featuring voices on both sides of the gun-regulation debate, the film provides an understanding of how the NRA evolved from a group of gun enthusiasts and sportsmen to a powerful lobbying force.


Sunday, November 13, 2016 
CITIZEN KOCH
"One of the most entertaining documentaries I've seen,” declares one Internet Movie Database user, who goes on to say: “Sadly, it happens to be about the real and tragic theft of power from the 99% into the hands of an unscrupulous, greedy bunch of millionaires." But on the same page, another reviewer says: "No one with a shred of critical thinking skills that has ever read the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution could defend this insipid propaganda." Watch the movie and decide for yourself.


Sunday, December 11, 2016
THE SINGING REVOLUTION
In 1986, crowds of Estonians began to gather in public places to sing illegal patriotic songs, declaring their desire for national independence but never resorting to violence. Estonia later became one of the first nations to break away from the Soviet Union. 

 
Information: (915) 740-3962
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