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Friday, April 21, 2017 from 6-8pm
Please join us for the Portland premiere of the stunning new film NATIONAL BIRD on Friday, April 21 at 6 pm, followed by discussion with Leah Bolger, former U.S. Navy Commander and first female president of Veterans for Peace! From legendary executive producers Wim Wenders and Errol Morris, NATIONAL BIRD follows the dramatic journey of three whistleblowers who are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial current affairs issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone wars. Director Sonia Kennebeck’s first film gives rare insight into the drone program through the eyes of veterans and survivors, connecting their stories as never seen before in a documentary. "With stealth and elegance, Kennebeck brings these alarming truths to light." -- The Guardian
Friday, March 17, 2017 from 6-8pm
DO NOT RESIST - Free film and discussion Portland Mennonite church - 1312 SE 35th Ave. Special guests TBA **Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best Documentary** https://www.facebook.com/events/784228515051588/ 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, DO NOT RESIST puts viewers in the center of the action, from a ride along with a South Carolina SWAT team, to 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. Ultimately the film explores a vast evolution of the culture of policing in America, highlighting a dire need for change. “A snapshot of an infuriating disconnect between power players and disenfranchised targets.” – INDIEWIRE "An eye-opening experience." – NEW YORKER
Friday, February 24, 2017 from 6-8pm
THE ARMOR OF LIGHT follows a pro-gun Evangelical minister and the mother of a gun-violence victim through their trials of conscience, heartbreak and rejection, as they bravely attempt to make others consider America’s gun culture through a moral lens. This is the first in our free film screening series at Portland Mennonite church that examines how it is possible to overcome deep divides in the fractured political and social landscape of our time.