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Movies that Matter

A Special Celebration Commemorating  International Human Rights Day

We invite you to experience this quarterly film series that highlights important human rights issues. Each event features a movie screening with English subtitles, followed by a moderated discussion with special guests.

Admission is free and open to the public but seating is limited.  Doors open 30 minutes before screening begins. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis beginning beginning at 11 a.m. The auditorium seats 248.

Solar Mamas
11:30 a.m.

2012, NR, 58 minutes.

This film follows Rafea, second wife of a Bedouin who wants a better life for herself and her children, who along with 27 other women from all over the world – all from poor backgrounds and mostly illiterate, have left their families and homes to learn about electrical components and soldering as part of the Barefoot College, which takes uneducated middle-aged women from poor communities and trains them to become solar engineers so they can create power and jobs in their communities. The College focuses on women because as founder Bunker Roy explains, women are more likely to stay in their communities once they’ve trained. Unlike men, who’ll take their new knowledge and leave for the big cities, the women will return to their families and homes, bringing their new skills back to share. But traditional family ties make it hard for some, particularly Rafea, to continue their studies. Her husband wants her home and threatens to take everything away from her – including her children -- unless she returns.

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Stealing Africa
12:30 p.m.

2012, NR, 58 minutes.

Rüschlikon is a village in Switzerland with a very low tax rate and very wealthy residents. But it receives more tax revenue than it can use. This is largely thanks to one resident - Ivan Glasenberg, CEO of Glencore, whose copper mines in Zambia are not generating a large bounty tax revenue for the Zambians. Zambia has the 3rd largest copper reserves in the world, but 60% of the population live on less than $1 a day and 80% are unemployed. Based on original research into public documents, the film describes the tax system employed by multinational companies in Africa.

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1:45 p.m.

2010, NR, 99 minutes.

An uplifting feature documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit. Top-selling contemporary artist Vik Muniz takes us on an emotional journey from Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest landfill on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to the heights of international art stardom. Vik collaborates with the brilliant catadores, pickers of recyclable materials, true Shakespearean characters who live and work in the garbage quoting Machiavelli and showing us how to recycle ourselves.

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Four Horsemen
4:30 p.m.

2012, NR, 97 minutes.

Four Horsemen, the debut feature from director Ross Ashcroft, reveals the fundamental flaws in the economic system which have brought our civilization to the brink of disaster. In this film, 23 leading thinkers –frustrated at the failure of their respective disciplines – break their silence to explain how the world really works. The film pulls no punches in describing the consequences of continued inaction – but its message is one of hope. If more people can equip themselves with a better understanding of how the world really works, then the systems and structures that condemn billions to poverty or chronic insecurity can at last be overturned. Solutions to the multiple crises facing humanity have never been more urgent, but equally, the conditions for change have never been more favorable.

Four Horsemen Movie Poster

Movies That Matter: A Human Rights Film Series is a quarterly program of the City of Fort Worth Human Relations Commission. This screening is presented in partnership with the Fort Worth Library, and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. 

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Updated 10 November 2014

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