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Movie: A Good Day to Die @Claremont

A Good Day to Die traces the rise and fall of the American Indian Movement (AIM) by recounting the life story of Dennis Banks, AIM’s founder.  The film provides a deep look at the history and issues surrounding AIM’s formation and the myriad social issues which AIM worked to redress, from forced assimilation of Native Americans within boarding schools to discrimination by law enforcement.

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Movie: Warrior Women @Claremont

Warrior Women is the story of Madonna Thunder Hawk, an American Indian Movement (AIM) leader who, in the 1970s, shaped a group of AIM activists' children - including her daughter Marcy - into the "We Will Remember" Survival School as a Native alternative to government-run education.

This film explores what it means to navigate a movement and motherhood and how activist legacies are passed down and transformed from generation to generation in the context of colonizing government that meets Native resistance with violence.

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Movie: Beaches of Agnes 2008 / 110 min. / NR

Filmmaker Agnès Varda (whose Faces Places we saw recently) revisits places from her past, NYT critic Manohla Dargis says of the film: “Ms. Varda is picking through the world, close to home and far afield, finding images that please her and give her pause…that she scrutinizes with rue if no obvious regret.” The artfulness of Agnès Varda is that she gives everything she sees its due, does not rush on to another thing to erase as “less than” what came before.

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Movie: Blazing Saddles 1974 / 93 min. / R

It’s 1874. Rock Ridge is a town about to be transected by the railroad. Mayor Hedley Lamar (Harvey Korman) intends to keep for himself the wealth the railroad portends, so he recruits an array of thugs (including Nazis and Methodists) to scare townspeople away. Then he hires a Black sheriff (Cleavon Little). This is an undisciplined sendup with something to offend everyone. Directed by Mel Brooks, adorned by Madeline Kahn as Lili von Shtüpp.

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Movie: Bowling for Columbine 2002 / 120 min. / R

Documentarian Michael Moore’s darkly comic take on gun violence comes from a deadly serious gun control advocate’s perspective. The film weds the watershed Columbine High School massacre to absurdities of American life. It earned critic pronouncements such as “Provocative” and “Incendiary!”  For it, Moore received a Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, a Best Documentary Oscar, and many other awards.

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Movie: Brazil 1985 / 143 min. / R

Written by Tom Stoppard and Terry Gilliam, Brazil is a dystopian satire set in a totalitarian regime. Central character Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce), is a bored workaday clerk who daydreams he’s a classical warrior rescuing Jill (Kim Greist), a distressed lady. Meanwhile, a bureaucratic snafu concerning air conditioning in Sam’s tiny apartment transforms Sam and Jill into suspected terrorists. Robert DeNiro and Bob Hoskins appear in supporting roles.

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