Celebrate Our Human Family @ the Lander Library

by | Dec 27, 2019 2:37PM

We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike. 

–from the poem Human Family by Maya Angelou

This January and February the Lander Library presents a new documentary series called Our Human Family.  What are the common elements of being human?  Every person lives, dreams, thinks, hopes, struggles, grows, and dies.  Appreciation, sympathy, and respect for each are possible despite differences of culture, philosophy, and personal choices.

Please join us each Thursday January 2-February 20 at 6:30 pm in the Carnegie Room for a variety of human stories from here at home and around the world.

January 2:  Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

In Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom) looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood.

 January 9:  State of Equality—Wyoming Women Get the Vote

Written and directed by Caldera Productions and co-produced with Wyoming PBS. With the national campaign for a women’s suffrage amendment stalled, the thinly populated Wyoming Territory in 1869 became the first democracy in the modern world to recognize a woman’s unqualified right to vote. Colorful frontier characters, a volatile mix of motives, and the caprice of history drive this story of a neglected chapter in America’s past.

January 16:  Bethany Hamilton—Unstoppable

Born into a family of surfers in Kauai, Bethany Hamilton began surfing competitively at eight years old. In 2003, at age 13, she was out surfing when she was attacked by a 15-foot tiger shark, a run-in that cost her her left arm. But not only did she survive the attack—she was back on the competitive circuit just a year later. More than a decade later, Hamilton undertakes the greatest challenges of her life.

January 23:  Blink of an Eye

In the best sports story never told, this feature documentary takes viewers into the star-crossed friendship between perennial NASCAR underdog Michael Waltrip, and his ill-fated friendship with iconic Dale “The Intimidator” Earnhardt in a high-octane, emotional roller coaster and cinematic experience, crafted by multi Emmy-winning filmmaker.

January 30:  Toni Morrison—The Pieces I Am

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature.

February 6:  No Greater Love

No Greater Love depicts the combat deployment of the legendary “No Slack” Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, through the eyes of Army Chaplain Justin David Roberts. While deployed in Afghanistan, Justin decided to carry a camera to document the hardships his unit endured. He captured not only the gritty reality of war but also the incredibly strong bond that is forged between soldiers.

February 13:  The Cave

For besieged civilians, hope and safety lie underground inside the subterranean hospital known as the Cave, where pediatrician and managing physician Dr. Amani Ballour and her colleagues Samaher and Dr. Alaa have claimed their right to work as equals alongside their male counterparts, doing their jobs in a way that would be unthinkable in the oppressively patriarchal culture that exists above. Following the women as they contend with daily bombardments, chronic supply shortages and the ever-present threat of chemical attacks, The Cave paints a stirring portrait of courage, resilience and female solidarity.

February 20:  Stay Human

During these turbulent times, the feeling of hopelessness is an epidemic. In a quest to find a path to STAY HUMAN and hold on to humanity in the craziness of the world we live in today, Michael Franti takes us on an experiential journey through his songs and stories of people who have chosen to overcome cynicism with optimism and hope.  He hopes to inspire people to become changemakers by utilizing creativity, tenacity, and heart to face our daily challenges as individuals, and together as citizens of our planet to STAY HUMAN.

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