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KET’s new season of Community Cinema looks at women, war and peace
Beginning in September, KET begins its year-long Community Cinema events in Lexington and Louisville. From September 2011 through May 2012, screenings of Independent Lens films will be held on the third Thursday of each month. Screenings are free and open to the public and will be followed by a panel discussion.

The Lexington screenings are a partnership between KET and LexArts and will take place at ArtsPlace on 161 North Mill Street. Lexington screenings have a reception at 6 p.m. and the film begins at 6:30 p.m. The Louisville screenings are a partnership between KET and the Louisville Film Society and will take place at Dreamland Film Center on 812 East Market Street. The Louisville screenings begin at 7 p.m.

This year’s film selection revolves around the theme of women, war and peace, examining the role of women in modern warfare. The season premiere is Pray the Devil Back to Hell, a film that shines a light on Liberian women emerging as leaders in brokering peace and forging new international laws governing conflict.

Community Cinema is active in more than 95 cities nationwide, including Lexington and Louisville. To encourage dialogue on important social issues, each screening is followed by a panel discussion. Those interested in starting an active Community Cinema in another Kentucky town should e-mail Sara O’Keefe at or call at 859-258-7745.

Full season schedule:

September 15
Pray the Devil Back to Hell: This film shines a light on Liberian women emerging as leaders in brokering peace and forging new international laws governing conflict.

October 20
Deaf Jam: A group of New York City deaf teens reveals their passions, frustrations and senses of humor as they discover American Sign Language poetry, eventually stepping into the world of the youth poetry slams with their hearing peers.

November 17
Âs Nutayuneân - We Still Live Here: This film tells the story of the return of the Wampanoag language, the first time a language with no native speakers has been revived in the United States.

December 15
Troop 1500: At the Gatesville Prison in Texas, a unique Girl Scout troop unites daughters with mothers who have been convicted of serious crimes.

January 19
Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock: The film tells the story of Daisy Bates and her public support of nine black students to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., which culminated in a constitutional crisis—pitting a president against a governor and a community against itself.

February 16
More Than a Month: Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a 29-year-old African-American filmmaker, is on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. This tongue-in-cheek journey investigates what the treatment of history says about race and equality in a “post-racial” America.

March 15
Revenge of the Electric Car: The film crew goes behind the closed doors of Nissan, General Motors and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. Without using a single drop of foreign oil, this new generation of car is America’s future: fast, furious and cleaner than ever.

April 19
To Hell and Back Again: What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home—injured physically and psychologically—and build a new life? To Hell and Back Again asks and answers these questions with the conflict in Afghanistan as the backdrop.

May 17
Strong!: Cheryl Haworth, a formidable figure, standing at 5’8" and weighing more than 300 pounds, struggles to defend her champion status as her lifetime weightlifting career inches towards its inevitable end.

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