The HoustonPBS Community Cinema Series offers free special sneak preview screenings of thought-provoking and ground-breaking independent films scheduled for upcoming broadcast on the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. HoustonPBS Community Cinema screenings feature lively panel discussions with leading community-based organizations, special guest speakers, information and resources, and other programming designed to help people learn about and get involved in some of today's key social issues. The screenings, which are offered free of charge, take place at the Houston Public Library's Concourse Level.
Community Cinema is presented locally by HoustonPBS/Channel 8 in collaboration with Independent Lens and ITVS.
All screenings are FREE and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.
6pm, Houston Public Library - Central Library - Concourse Level
Houston, TX 77002
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
The State of Arizona
The divisive battle over illegal immigration in Arizona that came to a head with Senate Bill 1070 frames this tense documentary that tracks multiple perspectives - activists, politicians, Latino immigrants, controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio, ranchers, and others - as America eyes the results.
WEDNESDAY, January 29, 2014
Dating from the aftermath of the Spanish-American War, the annual debutante ball in Laredo, Texas is unlike any other. Las Marthas follows two Mexican American girls carrying this gilded tradition on their young shoulders during a time of economic uncertainty and political tension over immigration. .
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014
The Trials of Muhammad Ali
Pressing issues in education today are explored through the eyes of a diverse array of Latino and Latina adolescents from across the United States in this eye-opening documentary on the challenges facing both the students and their families. The Girls Hour of this two-hour series is part of the Women and Girls Lead campaign.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014
Medora, Indiana is a once-booming community beset by a crippled economy and a dwindling population. This documentary follows the town's down-but-not-out varsity basketball team over a season, capturing the players' stories on and off the court - as the team's struggle to compete parallels the town's fight for survival.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 2014
The New Black
Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, The New Black takes viewers into the pews, the streets, and kitchen tables as it looks at how the African American community grapples with the divisive gay rights issue. Part of the Women and Girls Lead campaign.