ben hooks

Duty of the Hour

The story of Dr. Ben Hooks is an exploration of this nation's long, complex, and difficult history of race in America. "Duty of the Hour," a documentary that examines Benjamin L. Hooks' rise from the streets of segregated Memphis to the national stage, encourages each of us to ask, "Am I making the seconds of my life count?" Are we engaged in the civic affairs of our local, state, and national community? Whether we choose to live a private life or a life on a larger stage, the documentary makes the point that almost all of us can make a personal commitment to get involved with issues and people that shape our world.

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South Bureau Homicide

"South Bureau Homicide," set in South Los Angeles, explores the unsung bond created by the homicide detectives of LAPD and the local community's anti-violent-crime activists who together investigate and cope with the persistent menace of homicidal violence that plagues a disproportionately small part of LA.

Discussion: How can the police work with communities to make them safer?

  • 2018-01-20T12:00:13-08:00
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  • 2018-01-20T15:00:13-08:00
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  • 2018-01-22T19:00:13-08:00
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Tapped

Tapped looks into the bottled water industry and its long-term effects socially, economically and ecologically. The filmmakers focused on industry giants such as PepsiCo and Nestlé Waters, visiting a town containing a Nestlé factory as well as running tests on the bottles the company uses for its products. Their results came back showing "several potentially harmful chemicals, some known carcinogens".

  • 2018-01-27T12:00:00-08:00
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  • 2018-01-27T15:00:00-08:00
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  • 2018-01-29T19:00:00-08:00
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Craving Cuba

A documentary that explores bi-cultural identity through the Cuban-American lens, exploring the Cuban-American experience and their complicated relationship with Cuba.

  • 2018-02-03T12:00:00-08:00
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  • 2018-02-03T15:00:00-08:00
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  • 2018-02-05T19:00:00-08:00
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Standing in the Shadows of Motown

This documentary mixes performances, interviews and reenactments to celebrate the Funk Brothers, the 1960s soul hitmakers. As the musicians behind the Temptations, the Four Tops and others, the "brothers" were hugely successful, yet relatively anonymous compared to the famous singers they backed.

  • 2018-02-10T15:00:00-08:00
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Trials of Muhammad Ali

"The Trials of Muhammad Ali" covers the explosive crossroads of Ali’s life. When Cassius Clay becomes Muhammad Ali, his conversion to Islam, and refusal to serve in the Vietnam War leave him banned from boxing and facing a five-year prison sentence. Ali’s choice of belief and conscience over fame and fortune resonates far beyond the boxing ring, striking issues of race, faith and identity that continue to confront us all today.

  • 2018-02-17T12:00:00-08:00
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  • 2018-02-17T15:00:00-08:00
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