Monday, 28 August
The Embassy of the United States of America presents:
In the Light of Reverence
Dir: Christopher McLeod / USA 2001 / 73 min
Ten years in the making, "In the Light of Reverence" explores American culture’s relationship to nature in three places considered sacred by native peoples: the Colorado Plateau in the Southwest, Mt. Shasta in California, and Devils Tower in Wyoming. Rich in minerals and timber and beloved by recreational users, these "holy lands" exert a spiritual gravity which pulls Native Americans into conflicts with mining companies, New Age practitioners, and rock climbers. Their battles tell a new story of culture clashes in an ancient landscape.
In the Light of Reverence juxtaposes reflections of Hopi, Wintu and Lakota elders on the spiritual meaning of place with views of non-Indians who have their own ideas about how best to use the land. The film captures the spiritual yearning and materialistic frenzy of our time.
NB! Introduction by Mona Polacca.
Do The Right Thing
Dir: Spike Lee, cast: Ossie Davis, Danny Aiello, Spike Lee, John Turturro / USA 1989 / 120 min
The hottest day of the year on one block in Brooklyn, NY is bursting with racial and social conflicts. Three businesses dominate the block: a storefront radio station, a convenience store owned by a Korean couple; and Sal’s Famous Pizzeria, the only white-operated business in the neighbourhood. When a friend of pizzeria’s only black employee, Mookie notes that Sal’s "Wall of Fame," a photo gallery of famous Italian-Americans, includes no people of color, he demands a neighbourhood boycott. On a day when tensions are already running high, that leads to tragic consequences.