Everyone's in the club! Just by attending the monthly Movie Club film and participating in the conversation, you are in! Each month we invite all audience members to join informal conversations led — but not monopolized — by carefully selected facilitators.
Wasted! The Story of Food Waste
2017, Anna Chai and Nari Kye, USA, 85 min.
“A knock-out doc…beautifully shot…well-told story about one of the most important things in our lives.” — Mary Leslie, Film Pulse
If a documentary about global food waste and its remedies doesn’t sound mouthwatering, think again, for this is a rousing good story of mind-boggling foodie innovations, high-tech initiatives pioneering in Europe and Asia, and unusual gastronomic delights that include a British beer brewed from stale bread and more than 50 varieties of designer pork from happy Japanese pigs fed on diets of specially targeted food waste. The film’s executive producer, chef Anthony Bourdain, a leader in creative solutions to a worldwide dilemma that encompasses everything from agricultural overrun to home kitchen scraps, joins a coterie of chefs and food critics including Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Danny Bowien, and Massimo Bottura, to provide a shocking, enlightening, and entertaining look at the problem and an abundance of innovative solutions. DCP digital. (BS)
Wednesday, October 25 at 6 PM: This screening is a Movie Club event, with discussion moderated by Ken Dunn, founder of the Chicago Resource Center.
2017, Peter Bratt, USA, 98 min.
“Energetic, engaging…sharp, cogent.” — Dennis Harvey, Variety
“Distills the complexity of an unstoppable woman and the impact she brought not only to workers’ rights but to the expanding role of women.” — Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter
The Tuesday, September 26 screening of DOLORES at 8:15 PM is now SOLD OUT!
The tumultuous life and groundbreaking work of Dolores Huerta, termed one of the most important yet least known activists in American history, are chronicled in this documentary that provides a compelling glimpse of history in the making. Co-founder with Cesar Chavez of the nation’s first farm workers’ union, and strategist of the 1965 California grape boycott, the 87-year-old Huerta is seen as a tireless lifelong champion of social justice for Latinos, migrant workers, immigrants, and women. Risking physical danger, weathering constant attacks on her character and fierce opposition from politicians including Nixon and Reagan, she becomes the soul of the farm workers' movement, its unsung hero, and its frequently unrecognized driving force. Director Bratt, who has personal connections to the movement, reveals a complete picture of this complex woman, from high-profile alliances with figures including Coretta Scott King, Robert Kennedy, Angela Davis, and Gloria Steinem, to her conflicted relationship with her eleven children. DCP digital. (BS)
Wednesday, September 27 at 7:45 PM: This screening is a Movie Club facilitated by Analía Rodríguez, Executive Director, Latino Union of Chicago.