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By The Skanner News
Published: 28 January 2009

OPB 'Independent Lens' Film Series Free at Tubman School

The Harriet Tubman Leadership Academy for Young Women will be showing a series of films as a part of Community Cinema.
The films will be screened monthly in the Tubman cafeteria at 2231 N. Flint Ave starting Friday, January 30th, 2009. Community Cinema is a free monthly preview of the Emmy® Award-Winning PBS Series, Independent Lens. Offered in 50 cities throughout the country, this event includes a one hour film screening followed by a panel discussion that encourages dialogue and action around important social issues. Community Cinema connects communities with social organizations and resources, opening up opportunities for people to get involved in issues that affect their lives.

 "I.O.U.S.A: One Nation, Under Stress, In Debt."
Friday, Jan. 30th, 7-9 p.m.
As the Baby Boomer generation prepares to retire, many experts warn that if we continue down this financial road, America will be flat broke in a generation. In "I.O.U.S.A.," Director Patrick Creadon looks at how America must mend its spendthrift ways or face an economic disaster or epic proportions.  Don't miss this timely film which will be followed by a panel discussion with an economist, government representative and a financial planner.

"Tulia, Texas"
Friday, Feb. 27, 7-9 p.m.
In 1999 undercover narcotics agent Thomas Coleman executed one of the biggest drug stings in Texas history. Coleman and his drug task force arrested 46 Tulia residents-of which 39 were African American-on charges of suspected drug dealing. "Tulia, Texas" is the story of a small town's search for justice and the price of corruption that Americans pay for the nation's war on drugs.

"Taking ROOT: The Vision of Wangari Maathai"
Friday, March 20, 7-9 p.m.
"Taking Root" follows Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai in her quest to reclaim her land and her culture through the disarmingly simple act of planting trees. This direct action has fostered community solidarity, environmental literacy, and political resolve that helped to bring down Kenya's 24-year dictatorship.

"Crips and Bloods: Made in America"
Friday, April 24, 7-9 p.m.
South Los Angeles is home to two of America's most infamous African-American gangs: the Bloods and the Crips. In Crips and Bloods, Director Stacy Peralta interviews current and former gang members, family members and experts to examine the conditions that have lead to the devastating gang violence.

"Ask Not"
Friday, May 29, 7-9 p.m.
"Ask Not" is a rare exploration of the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. The film exposes the tangled political battles that led to the discriminatory law, and profiles charismatic activists determined to abolish it. As the war rages on, Americans who serve in combat under a veil of secrecy.

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