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2013-14 Program

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INOCENTE
October 22, 2013, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Running time: 40 min.

inocenteA 2013 Oscar® Winner, INOCENTE is an intensely personal documentary about a young artist’s fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings. At 15, Inocente refuses to let her dream of becoming an artist be caged by her life as an undocumented immigrant forced to live homeless for the last nine years. The extraordinary sweep of color on her canvases creates a world that looks nothing like her own dark past — a father deported for domestic abuse, an endless shuffle through overcrowded homeless shelters and the constant threat of deportation. Told entirely in her words, INOCENTE is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America’s youth.

Post-film discussion will be hosted by INOCENTE’s Oscar®-winning filmmakers Sean and Andrea Nix Fine.

A free study guide is available at http://www.shineglobal.org/for-educators/inocente/.

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HEY BOO: HARPER LEE AND TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
February 4, 2014, 10:00am – 12:30pm
(snow date February 11)

Running time: 82 min.

harperleeFifty years after its publication, To Kill a Mockingbird is required reading in most American classrooms and still sells nearly a million copies a year. HEY, BOO chronicles how this beloved novel came to be written, provides the context of its Deep South setting, and documents the ways the novel has changed minds and shaped history. Viewing the film will be an enriching experience either before or after reading the novel.
HEY, BOO features insightful interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Tom Brokaw, Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Rick Bragg, Anna Quindlen, and Richard Russo, and civil rights leader Andrew Young addressing the novel’s impact on their lives, careers and country. Lee’s friends and family speak on the record, sharing intimate recollections, anecdotes, and biographical details for the first time, offering new insight into the life and mind of Harper Lee, who stopped speaking to the press in 1964. Post-film moderator to be announced.

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RABBIT-PROOF FENCE
May 6, 2014, 10:00am – 12:45pm

Running time: 94 min.

rabbit_proof_fenceBased on the acclaimed book by Doris Pilkington Garimara, RABBIT-PROOF FENCE documents the conflict between Australia’s white European settlers and indigenous people. In 1931, Molly, her sister Daisy and cousin Gracie, three half-caste children from Western Australia, are taken from their parents under government edict and sent to an institution. There they are “taught” to forget their families and culture and to re-invent themselves as members of “white” Australian society. Molly plans a daring escape, and the girls begin an epic journey home, travelling 1,500 miles on foot with no food or water, following the fence that has been built across the nation to stem an over-population of rabbits.

A.O. Neville (Kenneth Branagh), the government functionary in charge of relocating the aborigines, takes a special interest in the case of the three girls, and brings in a veteran tracker, Moodoo, to help find them, secure in the belief he’s acting in their best interest. Post-film moderator to be announced.

A free study guide is available at: http://curriculumproject.org/wp-content/uploads/Rabbit-Proof%20Fence%20Nov%2010.pdf.

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All programs are free, but registration is required as space is limited. Contact Sarah Pokempner for more information at 202-966-2149 or filmeducation@theavalon.org.

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