Photos & text by Janice Malone
The ITVS Community Cinema launched its 2011-2012 season this past Saturday with the screening of the documentary Women, War & Peace: PEACE UNVEILED. Amidst war, peril and sheer danger, the poignant film follows three Afghan women in Afghanistan who are risking their lives to make sure that women have a seat at the negotiating table. Women, War & Peace, is part of a bold new five-part PBS mini-series that withll air starting next month.
The series is the most comprehensive global media initiative ever mounted on the roles of women in peace and conflict. “The Peace Unveiled film is a great profile of how women can ban together and use their own skills and perspective to make a difference in government,” says Alison Inman, ITVS National Engagement Consultant. “The other good aspect of Community Cinema is that this same film
was also shown in about 100 cities throughout the country. So it allows a national audience to blend with local communities within each city,” continues Ms. Inman, who will soon be making her directorial debut in a documentary that will be released within the next few months.
The Community Cinema is a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring monthly screenings of films from Independent Lens. Now in its fourth year, Community Cinema Nashville returns with 10 compelling documentaries, eight of which are culled from this year’s lineup of the venerable PBS series “Independent Lens.” Each film is followed by engaging panel discussions or performances and Q&A sessions. All screenings are free and take place one Saturday
per month at 3:00 p.m., with a catered reception at 2:30 p.m., in the auditorium theatre at the downtown branch of the Nashville Public Library, 615 Church Street, except where noted.
ITVS has partnered with station Nashville Public Television (NPT) and series partners Nashville Public Library, Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) and Hands On Nashville to present the informative series. The well-attended film screening last Saturday took place at the downtown Nashville Public Library and featured a diverse audience of both men and women from various cultures. A reception preceded last
Saturday’s film, followed by a post-screening presentation from Elizabeth Barger (CODEPINK Tennessee), a grassroots peace and social justice movement, and Judy Meeker from More Than Warmth, a quilt project that provides hand sewn quilts for people, especially children, affected by war around the world.
Next month’s ITVS Community Cinema, October 15th at the downtown public library, will feature the documentary “Deaf Jam.” This inspiring film profiles a group of New York City deaf teens, as they reveal their passions, frustrations, and senses of humor, discovering American Sign Language poetry ― eventually stepping into the world of the youth poetry slams with their hearing peers. For more information about the ITVS Community Cinema and the upcoming films for the season visit the website www.itvs.org Independent film makers can also find funding information for their films at the site as well.