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Light in the Dark: Festival for Peace 2009
Presented by Tidewater Peace Alliance -- a coalition of peace and social justice organizations at NARO Cinema in Norfolk

Join us during the darkest part of the year to help usher in the new light. We'll present the regional premiere of 8 new movies that tell heroic tales of peace achieved through conflict resolution, cross-cultural studies, respect for civil and human rights, and the nurturing of a just and tolerant society.

Opening Night -- Dec 2 at 7:15pm
An Evening with FRIDA BERRIGAN

Presented by Norfolk Catholic Worker

The Naro is honored to host Frida Berrigan, daughter of peace activists Philip Berrigan and Liz McAlister. Frida's lifetime work is a remarkable blend of policy analysis and on-the-street activism. She will speak about her work with the New America Foundation's Arms and Security Initiative and the urgent need for U.S. leadership to achieve a nuclear free future.

The short film Stop the Bombs will be shown, narrated by Martin Sheen. It documents the story of the Oak Ridge, Tennessee nuclear weapons complex and the local efforts to close it down, culminating in the forthcoming July 4, 2010 mobilization.

Fri, Dec 4
Ben Foster stars as a U.S. Army officer who has just returned home from a tour in Iraq and is assigned to the Army's Casualty Notification service. Partnered with a fellow officer (Woody Harrelson) to bear the bad news to the loved ones of fallen soldiers, he faces the challenge of completing his mission while seeking to find comfort and healing. When he is drawn to a woman (Samantha Morton) to whom he has just delivered the news of her husband's death, his emotional detachment begins to dissolve. The film reveals a surprisingly humorous, moving, and very human portrait of grief, friendship, and survival, and brings us into the inner lives of these steely heroes to reveal their fragility with compassion and dignity. (R, 112 mins)

Wed, Dec 9 at 7:15
with speakers and discussion
THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD Yes Men founders Andy Bichlbaum and Michael Bonanno are culture jamming pranksters who pass themselves off as corporate experts and government officials in order to infiltrate business conferences and stage fake press conferences-as exemplified by their most recent charade of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to announce a reversal of the Chamber's policy of global warming denial. The film follows these intrepid souls as they enter the sacred halls of unapologetic free market profiteers, and expose their toxic and phony ideology for everyone to see. And it's also really fun to see them make fools out of the ruling elite at Dow Chemical, Halliburton, and the NY Times. (87 mins)

Fri & Sat, Dec 11 & 12
chronicles the adventures of Muna (Nisreen Faour), a single mother who leaves the Palestinian West Bank with Fadi (Melkar Muallem), her teenage son, dreaming of an exciting future in the promised land of small-town Illinois. In America, as her son navigates high school hallways the way he used to move through military checkpoints, the indomitable Muna scrambles together a new life cooking up falafel burgers as well as hamburgers at the local White Castle. Told with heartfelt humor by writer/director Cherien Dabis in her feature film debut, Amreeka is a universal journey into the lives of a family of immigrants and first-generation teenagers caught between their Arab heritage and the brave new world of post 9/11 American fear and racism. With Hiam Abbass (The Visitor, Lemon Tree). (PG13, 96 mins)

Sun & Mon, Dec 13 & 14
Within matriarchal traditional cultures throughout the world, ancient wisdom is transmitted by the elder women. This is the story of The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, an alliance formed at an historic gathering. Four years in-the-making and shot on location in the Amazon rainforest, the mountains of Mexico, North America, and at a private meeting with the Dalai Lama in India, this beautiful film by Carole Hart follows what happens when these wise women unite. Facing a world in crisis, they share with us their visions of healing and a call for urgent change, before it's too late. (85 mins)

"We are deeply concerned with the unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth and the destruction of indigenous ways of life. We believe the teachings of our ancestors will light the way through an uncertain future." -- Council of Indigenous Grandmothers

Tuesday, Dec 15 at 7:15
with Filmmakers and Discussion
9500 LIBERTY Prince William County, Virginia becomes ground zero in America's explosive battle over immigration policy when elected officials adopt a law requiring police officers to question and check papers of anyone they suspect is an undocumented immigrant. Alarmed by a climate of fear and racial division, many residents form a resistance movement. 9500 Liberty provides a front row seat to a national battle being waged in a small community. (76 mins)

Speakers: Filmmakers Annabel Park and Eric Byler will be in attendance to lead a post-film discussion about racism and politics.

Wednesday, Dec 16 at 7:15
William Kunstler was one of the most famous and controversial lawyers of the 20th century. In the 1960s and '70s, Kunstler fought for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr. and represented the famed "Chicago 8" activists who protested the Vietnam War. When the inmates took over Attica prison, or when the American Indian Movement stood up to the federal government at Wounded Knee, they asked Kunstler to be their lawyer. To his daughters, filmmakers Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler, it seemed that he was at the center of everything important that had ever happened. But when they were growing up, Kunstler represented some of the most reviled members of society, including rapists, assassins and accused terrorists. This powerful film not only recounts the historic causes that Kunstler fought for, it also confronts a man that even his own daughters did not always understand, a man who believed that, however unpopular, justice should serve all. (90 mins)

Thurs, Dec 17 at 7:30
Presented by Veterans for Peace and Norfolk OffBase
THE GOOD SOLDIER Lexy Lovell and Michael Uys's brave new film poses the question: What is it that makes a good soldier? The answer, reduced to its essence: The ability to kill other human beings. The film surveys the U.S. military through the eyes of five seasoned veterans who have fought in five historic wars. The great emotional power of this film comes from the personal testament of these universal soldiers. (80 mins)

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