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PEACE to host documentary showings based on social problems

Olivia Storey, Staff Reporter

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The student group Peace, Education and Activism through Creative Education (PEACE) will be showing free documentary films throughout the spring 2019 semester that showcase various issues of public concern.

“[The group] tries to make sure they have a different topic each month, but make sure that they have a topic related to social justice,” said Ellen Latorraca, co-staff advisor to PEACE. “They make sure to have a variety of films.”

PEACE shows monthly documentaries on the UW-W campus to inform and educate students and the community. The films shown are related to many social, political and environmental issues that surround Whitewater and the world as a whole.

“The mission for these documentaries is to get people aware of what is going on in the world, whether that be locally such as Janesville or Milwaukee, or whether that be in another country such as Mexico or China,” said PEACE president Emily Arenz. “Films, especially documentaries, play such an important role in sharing the various narratives of the diverse world we live in and the particular films PEACE shows have the ability to teach people a concept, idea, movement or identity that they might not have been familiar with until they watch our films.”

PEACE aims to engage students and community members in discussion, dialogue, and overall inform people of issues going on in the world they may not be knowledgeable of.

The documentaries that will be shown this semester each focus on different social issues; factory farming, medical issues, disability awareness, even the legacy of Fred Rodgers from “Mister Rodgers’ Neighborhood”.

The group, in order to help promote discussion and dialogue, use other tools to help engage audiences.

“Not only do we show these free films, but we usually combine another aspect of learning or engagement to correspond with the film,” Arenz said. “For example, in the past, we have included discussion panels after the film ends or we attempt to create activities that surround the film, and we plan to do the same with the films for this semester.”

PEACE has partnered with many other organizations at UW-W to not only promote their events, but help educate even after the film ends.

“We are in the process of working with SAGE (Students Allied for a Green Earth) to connect with our film ‘Eating Animals’, which examines the impacts of corporate farming and allows people to think about what they consume daily,” Arenz said. “The activity that connects with this film involves giving people who attend the film a little taste of vegetarian or vegan options. We plan to showcase a variety of tasty foods that are vegan or vegetarian just to break the stigma that these options are not bland or gross.”

Although the films for this semester have already been chosen, PEACE is always looking for partnership opportunities.

“If another organization brings up a film they want to show, [PEACE] will look at that,” Latorraca said. “The group is always looking for other organizations to recommend films.”

Outside of documentaries, PEACE has other small-impact activities planned.

“We are planning on doing a Minimal Impact week, where we try to minimize our impact and document it via photos and posting on Facebook,” said co-staff advisor James Hartwick.

PEACE documentaries will be shown one Thursday a month in UC68 at 5 p.m. For a complete schedule of all their films, visit their Facebook page.

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  1. James Hartwick on February 20th, 2019 8:34 pm

    P.E.A.C.E. Documentary Schedule, Spring, 2019
    All films take place at the Summers Auditorium in the University Center, starting at 5:30 pm

    Thursday, February 7 – I Am Not Your Negro (1h 35m)
    “Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is an examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and archival material. The film is a journey into black history that connects the Civil Rights movement to #BlackLivesMatter. It questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. Baldwin and Peck’s work confronts the deeper connections among the lives and assassination of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., Baldwin and Peck.” Trailer: https://youtu.be/rNUYdgIyaPM

    Thursday, February 21­ – No Impact Man (1h 32m)
    “Author Colin Beavan began the No Impact Project as research for his book. An environmentalist who could no longer avoid pointing the finger at himself, Colin left behind his liberal complacency for a vow to make as little environmental impact as possible for one year. No more automated transportation, no more electricity, no more non-local food, no more material consumption…no problem. That is, until his wife and their daughter are dragged into the fray. This film provides a front row seat to the family’s struggle with this radical lifestyle change.” Trailer: https://www.impactpartnersfilm.com/films/no-impact-man

    Thursday, March 7 – Eating Animals (1h 35m)
    “Based on the bestselling book by Jonathan Safran Foer, this film traces the history of food production in the U.S. It charts how farming has gone from local and sustainable to a corporate enterprise that offers cheap eggs, meat, and dairy at a steep cost: the exploitation of animals; the risky use of antibiotics and hormones; and the pollution of our air, soil, and water. Spotlighting farmers who have pushed back with more humane practices, the film offers attainable, commonsense solutions while making the case that ethical farming is not only an animal rights issue but one that affects every aspect of our lives. Trailer: https://www.eatinganimalsmovie.com/#trailer

    Thursday, April 11 – Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (1h 34m)
    “For over thirty years, Fred Rogers was beamed daily into homes across America. In Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion. His career represents a sustained attempt to present a coherent, beneficent view about how we should best speak to children about important matters, and how television could be used as a positive force in our society. Trailer: http://www.focusfeatures.com/wont-you-be-my-neighbor

    Thursday, April 18 – See What I’m Saying: The Deaf Entertainers Documentary (1h 31m)
    “This documentary celebrates four extraordinary deaf entertainers – a comic, an actor, a singer and a drummer and their incredible determination. The all-deaf band Beethoven’s Nightmare, world-renowned comic CJ Jones, singer TL, and the extraordinarily talented and optimistic Robert DeMayo are being filmed through a rock show, a theatre festival and on the world’s largest all deaf cruise. Trailer: https://youtu.be/Ovf4Z7WMdbc

    Thursday, May 2 – Head Games: The Global Concussion Crisis (1h 15m)
    This is an updated, expanded version of the 2012 documentary film that examines the effects of repeated concussions and subconcussive blows associated with sports. It focuses on American football and hockey, but also covers boxing, soccer, lacrosse, and professional wrestling. It covers findings that chronic traumatic brain injury is occurring in female sports as well and addresses physiological evidence of brain injury in adolescent athletes.
    This film follows Christopher Nowinski’s book, Head Games. Trailer: https://youtu.be/FnHN-CwyRBQ

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