Docurama: Movies with a Conscience

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Written by Greg Beneteau

Docurama, a weekly documentary film series, is co-sponsored by McLaughlin Library and the Central Student Association. Most of the documentary films screened are actually from the McLaughlin Library media collection, and focus on issues of great importance in our society.

Screenings are free to attend, and are more than often hosted in the Thorborough building, depending on the expected audience size (sometimes War Memorial Hall is booked).

The films that are shown are often not ones that have had large theatrical runs, as documentaries tend to go to film festivals and then a distributor. Furthermore, most are not even available at the average video store, and can be expensive to buy straight from the distributor.

Past screenings have included such films as Jesus Camp, a film about the right-wing evangelical movement in the United States; Black Gold, a film about the coffee industry which focuses on issues of fair and ethical trade; and An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore’s Oscar-winning film about global climate change.

These and many more documentary films are crucial for students to see. The library and CSA have come together to ensure that students are given a healthy dose of reality by watching films about social justice, environmental and political issues. It is a very valuable experience to attend these events, and they raise important questions about the world around us, and the choices we make as citizens.

The following is a glimpse of what’s to come:

On Tuesday March 13th at 7pm in Thornborough room 1307, “The War Tapes” will be screened. It follows several U.S. soldiers who are deployed in Iraq. “The War Tapes” had a very fruitful run in independent theatres, as it gives an in-depth look at the feelings of the soldiers deployed to play a part in “Operation: Iraqi Freedom”.

On Tuesday March 20th at 7pm in Thornborough 1307, “Bombay Calling”, a film by the National Film Board of Canada, will be screened free for individuals to attend. The film follows filmmakers Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal as they study the youth culture in India, and notice that these youth are attempting to follow the American dream, using their own style.

All Docurama screenings are free and open to students. Questions about the film series can be directed to John Bonnar, the CSA Programmer ( ), or Krys Mooney, a media specialist at McLaughlin Library ( ).

Docurama schedules can be found by visiting this website.

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