Free Documentary Films This Week!


  • Return of the Navajo Boy – Screening and Discussion 
  • “Doxita: Life is a Progress” Screening
  • “American Arab” Screening


“Return of the Navajo Boy” Screening and Panel Discussion
Wednesday, November 10th @ 12:30, 1104 – 8th Floor

-Official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and PBS, The Return of Navajo Boy, directed by Jeff Spitz, introduces audiences to Navajo ways, Hollywood stereotypes, and one Navajo grandmother’s incredible struggle for justice. Spitz and the Navajo grandmother, Elsie Begay, are both featured in a remarkable new book by former Los Angeles Times investigative reporter, Judy Pasternak. Yellow Dirt: An American Story of a Poisoned Land and a People Betrayed reveals a stunning chain reaction that began with the dawning of the atomic age and results six decades later in the form of increasing environmental health problems for Navajo families living amidst abandoned cold war uranium mines and radioactive waste.


“Doxita: Life is a Progress” Screening
Thursday, November 11th @ 6:30pm, 1104
 -Films being screened include:
1. Steel Homes (UK, Eva Weber, 10 min.) – Storage lockers provide a holding ground for memories of long-gone loved ones and dreams that still live.  Striking cinematography and sound evoke the minds and personal space of average people.
2. Slaves (UK, Hannah Heilborn, 15 min.) – Colorful animation brings alive the tale of two Sudanese youth captured for slavery.  The animation and documentary interview technique mask the children's identity while also creating an engrossing story of survival.
3. The First Kid to Learn English From Mexico (USA, Peter Jordan, 20 min.) – 9-year-old Pedro Lopez wishes he never left Mexico.  Lush camera and music create this almost surreal, yet honest and charming portrait of this struggling boy.
4. 12 Notes Down (Denmark, Andreas Koefed, 28 min.) – Jorgis is the star of his boys choir, until the onset of puberty affects what he loves most: his ability to sing.


“American Arab” Screening
Friday, November @ 7pm, 600 S. Michigan Ave – Ferguson Theater
-Kartemquin Films and the Human Relations Advisory Council on Arab Affairs present clips from the documentary 'American Arab' and a panel discussion of issues in the film and current events affecting the Arab-American experience and identity.