The Werner Institute and Film Streams present:
Conflict in Films: A three-film series
Conflict is an integral part of life, yet it is not always handled constructively. This three-film series will feature three award-winning movies that portray fascinating interpersonal or public conflicts.
Each screening will be followed by a discussion on the film in relation to the dynamics of conflict escalation, the limitations of the adversary legal and political systems for addressing conflicts, and effective methods for constructive conflict resolution. Faculty members from the Werner Institute will facilitate each of these discussions.
Tickets are now available via the film streams website. We are expecting a full house and encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance to ensure a seat is available.
We hope to see you there!
Showing at Film Stream's Ruth Sokolof Theater on Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 7pm
The Story of Qiu Ju
Director: Yimou Zhang 1992
This internationally acclaimed film depicts the story of a peasant woman, Qiu Ju, who seeks justice in a highly bureaucratic society after her husband is humiliated by the village head. Qiu Ju, despite her pregnancy, heads out on the road and faces many obstacles while attempting to resolve the conflict through various formal and informal processes.
Showing at Film Stream's Ruth Sokolof Theater on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 7pm
The Sweet Hereafter
Director: Atom Egoyan 1997
The Sweet Hereafter depicts the manner in which a small community in upstate New York deals with the grief caused by a terrible school bus accident resulting in the death of several local children. Barely able to cope with their loss, the grieving parents are approached by a slick city lawyer who encourages them to sue for damages. The events that unfold portray the limitations of the legal system’s ability to serve essential human needs and illuminate hidden dynamics in the community that complicate the picture and portray the problematic role citizens sometimes assign to the legal system.
Showing at Film Stream's Ruth Sokolof Theater on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 7pm
Directors: Annabel Park & Eric Byler 2009
9500 Liberty portrays events and relationships in the public conflict concerning Prince William County, Virginia’s adoption in 2007 of an ordinance requiring police officers to question anyone they had "probable cause" to suspect of being an undocumented immigrant. The documentary provides a fascinating illustration of the human effects of the conflict on individuals and the entire community. Author John Grisham observes, “9500 Liberty makes it clear that when we, as a nation of immigrants, debate the immigration issue, we are defining our very identity as Americans.”
The Werner Institute would like to extend many thanks to Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater for collaborating on this initiative. For more information regarding Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof theater, tickets or directions, please visit: http://www.filmstreams.org
Ruth Sokolof Theater is located at:
1340 Mike Fahey Street (formerly Webster Street), Omaha, NE 68102