Susi's Station Notes: Community Cinema

Sep 21, 2012

You may have noticed WKAR is busier than ever, with frequent screenings, like last night's Call the Midwife. Thanks to all who came — we hope you enjoyed the show!  Our “Evening at WKAR” events have been a huge hit, so I am especially excited to announce our newest initiative, kicking off next week.

WKAR’s Community Cinema is a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring free monthly screenings of films from the PBS series, Independent Lens.  Each month between September and May, WKAR will bring together leading mid-Michigan organizations, MSU faculty and students and community members to learn, discuss and get involved in today’s critical issues as explored through the Independent Lens documentaries.

Our First Screening/Discussion

Next Thursday, September 27, WKAR will launch the first of the Community Cinema screening/discussion series with the highly anticipated Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, based on Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's bestselling book of the same title. The documentary presents powerful stories of women in Asia and Africa dealing with issues related to education, women's rights, human sex trafficking, prostitution, poverty and more.

While the stories in this documentary take place in Asian and African countries, many of these issues hit home as well. We're very pleased to have a panel of several from our community who can address these issues and lead the discussion on Thursday, after the screening of a segment.

Focus on Critical Issues

WKAR's Community Cinema documentaries all focus on critical issues, and some of them are fairly challenging, both to watch and contemplate. We are fortunate to be on campus and in a community with individuals who can bring a unique perspective to each topic and plan to draw heavily on these resources throughout the series.


We hope you will join us for the screening on September 27, right here at WKAR. They are free. For more information or reservations, check it out HERE. And look for more details soon on October's presentation, As Goes Janesville, which asks the question, "How do we reinvent our economy without abandoning the middle class."