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THE LEAST OF THESE SCREENING THIS TUESDAY AT TREASURE CITY THRIFT

12 Nov

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(RSVP) Screening this Tuesday @ 8:30PM at Treasure City Thrift!

THE LEAST OF THESE explores one of the most controversial aspects of American immigration policy: family detention. As part of the Bush administration policy to end what they termed the “catch and release” of undocumented immigrants, the U.S. government opened the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in May 2006 as a prototype family detention facility. The facility is a former medium-security prison in central Texas operated by CCA, the largest private prison operator in the country. The facility houses immigra

nt children and their parents from all over the world who are awaiting asylum hearings or deportation proceedings. The facility was initially activated with little media attention or public knowledge. Soon, however, immigration attorney Barbara Hines was contacted by detainees seeking representation, and she became increasingly concerned about the troubling conditions there. She joined forces with Vanita Gupta of the ACLU and Michelle Brané of the Women’s Refugee Commission to investigate conditions and seek changes. Their efforts were initially hampered by a lack of openness and oversight within the Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) organization. Undeterred, the three attorneys attempted to bring about changes in both policy and conditions, by making their findings public, encouraging involvement by activists and the media, and ultimately by filing a historic lawsuit. As these events unfold, the film explores the government rationale for family detention, conditions at the facility, collateral damage, and the role (and limits) of community activism in bringing change. The film leads viewers to consider how core American rights and values – due process, presumption of innocence, upholding the family structure as the basic unit of civil society, and America as a refuge of last resort – should apply to immigrants, particularly children. Written by Marcy Garriott

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If A Tree Falls: Screening Tomorrow at Documentary Tuesday!

22 Oct

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Date/Time: October 23rd at 8:30PM
Location: 2302 Willow Street, Austin TX, 78702 (in the backyard) – (Map)
Description:
IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT tells the
remarkable story of the rise and fall of this ELF cell, by focusing on the transformation
and radicalization of one of its members.Part coming-of-age tale, part cops-and-robbers thrilller, the film interweaves a verite chronicle of Daniel on house arrest as he faces life in prison, with a dramatic recounting of the events that led to his involvement with the group. And along the way it asks hard questions about environmentalism, activism, an

d the way we define terrorism.

Drawing from striking archival footage — much of it never before seen — and intimate interviews with ELF members, and with the prosecutor and detective who were chasing them, IF A TREE FALLS explores the tumultuous period from 1995 until early 2001 when environmentalists were clashing with timber companies and law enforcement, and the word “terrorism” had not yet been altered by 9/11.

Behind the Mask Screening!

1 Oct

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Come join Austin Free Skool the day after World Vegetarian Day for a screening of Behind the Mask!

Description: Director Shannon Keith goes “behind the mask” and captures the hearts and souls of men and women who unveil their individual struggles for animal liberation. People of all ages and backgrounds from all over the globe tell their tales of liberation, incarceration, sacrifice, and determination, while exclusive underground footage reveals heart-thumping action sure to leave you on the edge of your seat.

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Location: Sasona Co-op! (2604 Paramount Avenue Austin, TX 78704)

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Documentary Tuesday’s Future Screenings

11 Sep

The Black Power Mixtape Screening Tuesday at 8:30PM!

5 Sep

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Documentary Tuesday Presents: The Black Power Mixtape 1967 – 1975: “This documentary reveals Footage shot by a group of Swedish journalists documenting the Black Power Movement in the United States. It is edited together by a contemporary Swedish filmmaker Göran Olsson” (IMDB)

Popcorn will be provided!

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Location: 707 W 21st Street, Austin TX, 78705 (In the backyard)

Date/Time: September 11th @ 8:30PM

Documentary Tuesday Seeking Requests!

4 Sep

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Are you just itching to see or share an amazing documentary? Do you know of an amazing space that is looking to host a screening? Do you have a set of incredibly innovative ideas on how to make Documentary Tuesday even better?? Let us know! We need YOUR input! Just reply below or send us an email at: austinfreeskool@gmail.com

Documentary Tuesday Presents: Our Generation!

31 Jul

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Our Generation is an independently made, people-powered documentary highlighting the current state of human rights for Australia’s indigenous population.

Despite Australia being one of the richest countries in the world, the country’s indigenous population faces the worst living conditions of any indigenous group on earth. Our Generation addresses the ongoing struggle of the first Australians for their land, history and cultural identity in the 21st century.

This is a rare and detailed insight into an issue all too often ignored by mainstream Australian media, let alone within the sphere of global conglomerates.

Winner of the prestigious Best Campaign Film at London International Documentary Festival, Our Generation exposes what is really happening to the oldest living culture on earth.
Screening Starts at 8:30 and will be accompanied with popcorn!
Location: 707 W. 21st Street, Austin TX, 78705
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