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Eyes Wide Open Film Series, Part XI

The USC4P&J documentary films series, Eyes Wide Open, continues in its 11th season with a series of films on alternate Thursdays through May 2010.

Films will be screened in English at Circolo Arci Arcobaleno (via Pullino, 1, metro Garbatella - see map and directions)

Doors open at 7:30pm, screenings start at 8pm followed by a discussion. Arcobaleno provides the possibility of drinks and/or a light dinner before or during the film.

We ask for a small donation to help cover costs of DVDs and shipping. Arcobaleno requires an annual membership card at 5 Euro/year, which also includes discounts at museums, shops, theatres, etc.

The program for the series through May 2010 is as follows:

Feb 18 - Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train (2004) Our tribute to Howard Zinn, an academic rebel, leader of civil disobedience and influential writer who died on Jan 27, 2010. This film captures the essence of an extraordinary man who was a catalyst for progressive change for more than 60 years. His story offers inspiration and solutions for coping with these turbulent times.

Directed by: Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller
Run time: 78 minutes
Web site: Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train


Mar 4 - Forbidden Childhood / Vietato Sognare (2008) A special presentation by Amnesty Italy’s 2009 film award winner – director Barbara Cupisti. Her film delves into the emotions and lives of Israeli and Palestinian children in the occupied territories. The clashes, suffering and hopes of young activists are shown, striving to achieve a better life and peaceful future. Don’t miss her!

Directed by: Barbara Cupisti
Run time: 92 minutes
Web site: Forbidden Childhood / Vietato Sognare


Mar 18 - Inside the Meltdown (2008) This film investigates the causes of the worst economic crisis in 70 years and the $700 billion “bailout”. It examines the downfall of financial institutions and what US government officials didn’t see, couldn’t stop and haven’t been able to fix. Why were financial experts caught off guard? Is a stable recovery likely? How can we ensure a safe fiscal future?

Directed by: Michael Kirk
Run time: 60 minutes
Web site: Inside the Meltdown


Apr 8 - Food, Inc. (2008) In the US, obesity has risen to an alarming state, prompting the White House now to take action. Can it address the root causes of the problem or will real change be hampered by special interests? Shocking truths are revealed by experts lobbying for more rigorous control on what we eat and how it is produced.

Directed by: Robert Kenner
Run time: 91 minutes
Web site: Food, Inc.


Apr 22 - Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008) This story is a testament to the power of community organizing, faith, empowerment, and peaceful protest against steep odds. The women of Liberia campaigned to oust their president and resume stalled peace talks after a devastating civil war. Their action inspired the campaign motto “Peace is Loud”!

Directed by: Gini Reticker
Run time: 72 minutes
Web site: Pray the Devil Back to Hell


May 6 - The Anatomy of Hate (2009) This study of venomous ideologies and acts of hate reveals traits common throughout the world that make us susceptible to hate, but demonstrates equally that we can overcome hatred. Experts examine homophobia, anti-semitism, white supremacy, war atrocities, and Christian and Muslim fundamentalist bigotry.

Directed by: Mike Ramsdell
Run time: 86 minutes
Web site: The Anatomy of Hate


May 20 - The Age of Stupid (2008) A cautionary tale about climate change, and what will become of our world if we continue to ignore warning signs and do not stop global warming while we still can. Set in 2055, in a world devastated by mankind’s lack of foresight, actor Pete Postlewaite seeks the answer to why we let our planet fall to ruin. Six stories are told from around the world covering hurricane and flood damage, glacial melting, and frustrated anger by those trying to prevent future natural disasters. Let’s not be stupid. Things can be done to foresee and curb climate change.

Sottotitoli in Italiano. Un film da non perdere sull’impatto del cambiamento climatico!

Directed by: Franny Armstrong
Run time: 92 minutes
Web site: The Age of Stupid


Special thanks to the Circolo Arci Arcobaleno for their hospitality and support.

For information on past screenings, see:

Eyes Wide Open, Part I
Eyes Wide Open, Part II
Eyes Wide Open, Part III
Eyes Wide Open, Part IV
Eyes Wide Open, Part V
Eyes Wide Open, Part VI
Eyes Wide Open, Part VII
Eyes Wide Open, Part VIII
Eyes Wide Open, Part IX
Eyes Wide Open, Part X
Eyes Wide Open, Part XI
Eyes Wide Open, Part XII
Eyes Wide Open, Part XIII
Eyes Wide Open, Part XIV


Film Series

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series, Part XI
Presented by U.S. Citizens for Peace & Justice - Rome.

Circolo Arci Arcobaleno
via Pullino, 1 (Garbatella)
Doors open at 7:30pm, films begin at 8pm.

» February 18
Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train
» March 4
Forbidden Childhood / Vietato Sognare

» March 18
Inside the Meltdown
» April 8
Food, Inc.
» April 22
Pray the Devil Back to Hell
» May 6
The Anatomy of Hate
» May 20
The Age of Stupid

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Maps & Directions

Doors open at 7:30pm, films begin at 8pm.

Circolo Arci Arcobaleno
Via Pullino, 1

Map and Directions

See map of area
Closest metro station: Garbatella. Take the B Line to the Garbatella stop, exit towards via Pullino, turn right and continue (200mt) across Piazza Albini to Arcobaleno .
By bus: Buses 673 from the Colosseum area and 716/715 from Piazza Venezia.
See the ATAC web site for more options.

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