WKAR Community Cinema

Engaging Communities through Film

Community Cinema is a national civic engagement initiative featuring free screenings and curricula for films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. In 100 cities and online, community members come together to learn, discuss, and get involved in key social issues of our time.

Here in mid-Michigan, hundreds have joined the discussion at WKAR screenings with community leaders.

The current season of WKAR Community Cinema is sponsored by MSU Residential College in the Arts and Humanities.

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FREE – Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m. | Preview the film and join the conversation around this look at the issue of gay marriage.

'The Homestretch' Was Thought Provoking

Apr 14, 2015
Panel Homestretch
Amanda Pinckney / MSU/WKAR

WKAR Community Cinema, presented by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), Independent Lens, and WKAR, offered an advance screening of The Homestretch, a film by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly.

APR 13 | Independent Lens 'The Homestretch'

Apr 10, 2015
Young man looking across bay at city skyline
Community Cinema

Mon. Apr. 13 at 10pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | The Homestretch follows three remarkable homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a more stable future.

Apr. 9 | Community Cinema: The Homestretch

Mar 27, 2015
Young man looking across bay at city skyline
Community Cinema

FREE – Thursday, Apr. 9, at 7 p.m. | Preview the film and join the conversation around this look at the problem of homelessness among teens. | RESERVE SEATS HERE

'American Denial' Explored Race in America

Feb 25, 2015
American Denial Panel
Amanda Pinckney / PBS

Despite the below freezing temperatures, WKAR Community Cinema returned in February with a screening and conversation featuring American Denial, a new documentary that sheds a unique light on the unconscious political and moral world of modern Americans.

Independent Lens 'American Denial'

Feb 16, 2015
American Denial title over photograph of boy choosing between two dolls
Gordon Parks / PBS

Mon. Feb. 23  at 10pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | American Denial sheds a unique light on the unconscious political and moral world of modern Americans.

Feb. 19 | Community Cinema: American Denial

Feb 16, 2015
American Denial title over photograph of boy choosing between two dolls
Gordon Parks / PBS

FREE – Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. | Preview the film and join the conversation around this provocative look at race in America. | ALL SEATS ARE FILLED FOR THIS EVENT

'A Path Appears' Provides Eye-Opening Dialog

Jan 26, 2015
Audience members
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

WKAR Community Cinema returned in January with an informative screening and conversation featuring A Path Appears.

Evolution of a Criminal | Independent Lens

Jan 8, 2015

17 years after serving his sentence for robbing a Bank of America, see Darius Clark Monroe return home to face those affected by his crime. WATCH IT NOW at video.wkar.org

Jan. 22 | Community Cinema: A Path Appears

Jan 8, 2015
Two women
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FREE – Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. | The new documentary investigates young women forced into a life of prostitution and the innovative programs that have evolved to achieve remarkable results in empowering their lives. Preview the film and join the conversation. | RESERVE SEATS HERE

Panelists at desk
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Did you know that Michigan is one of only nine states that automatically prosecute 17-year-olds as adults? Or that Michigan can prosecute, convict and sentence a youth of any age as an adult?

FREE – Thu. Nov. 13, at 7 pm | See a short preview of the new documentary and join the conversation. | RESERVE SEATS HERE

'Women in Space' Provokes Enlightening Conversation

Oct 17, 2014
Panelists at desk and audience members
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

WKAR Community Cinema returned this season on Oct. 10 with an enlightening conversation spurred from the new documentary, "Makers: Women in Space." 

Makers: Women in Space

Oct 13, 2014

Tue. Oct. 14 -- 9:00pm WKAR-HD | The history of women in the U.S. space program.

'Trials of Muhammad Ali' Provokes Conversation

May 19, 2014
Panelists at desk
Aaron Snyder / WKAR-MSU

Community members left WKAR Community Cinema on May 8 with interests heighten from the screening and conversation featuring "The Trials of Muhammad Ali."

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