Upcoming Films in Oswego: Week of 9/4/11

2 September 2011

On Tuesday, September 6th at 9 PM the first film in the SUNY Oswego Reading Initiative (ORI) film series will run in the Campus Center Auditorium (132): Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death. Peter Bate directed this 2003 BBC documentary (released in the US in 2005); the film is unrated and runs 1 hour, 24 minutes. There’s no charge for the show.

The true story of what King Leopold did in the Congo, which was forgotten by the world for over 50 years. Leopold turned the Congo into his own private colony from 1885 to 1908. Under his control, the Congo became a gulag labor camp of shocking brutality. Leopold assumed the role of protector of Africans fleeing Arab slave traders, but, in reality, he exploited them as he amassed a personal fortune in this country rich in rubber. If the men failed to produce enough wild rubber, their families were held hostage and starved to death. Children’s hands were chopped off for late deliveries. It is agreed today, that the first Human Rights movement was spurred by what happened in the Congo. (Rotten Tomatoes website)

On Thursday, September 8 at 7 PM, there will be a free screening for the community of the documentary Race to Nowhere in the Ralph M. Faust Auditorium, Oswego High School.

Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids, Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace, students have become disengaged, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. (from the film’s website: http://www.racetonowhere.com)

Presented by SUNY Oswego, ARTSwego, and the Oswego City School District, the film will be followed by a panel discussion and a reception at 9 PM in the auditorium lobby.


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