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April 5, 2018 to April 6, 2018
Cleveland International Film Festival: Bisbee '17
Friday-6:20pm Saturday-2:30pm
Tower City Cinemas, 230 W Huron Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113

It’s 2017 in Bisbee, Arizona, an old copper-mining town just miles from the Mexican border. The town’s close-knit community prepares to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Bisbee’s darkest hour: the infamous Bisbee Deportation of 1917, during which 1,200 striking miners were violently taken from their homes, banished to the middle of the desert, and left to die. Townspeople confront this violent, misunderstood past by staging dramatic recreations of the escalating strike. These dramatized scenes are based on subjective versions of the story and “directed,” in a sense, by residents with conflicting views of the event. Deeply personal segments torn from family history build toward a massive restaging of the deportation itself on the exact day of its 100th anniversary. In BISBEE ’17, filmmaker Robert Greene confronts the current political predicaments of immigration, unionization, environmental damage, and corporate corruption with direct, haunting messages about solidarity and struggle. With consummate skill and his signature penchant for bending the boundaries of documentary, Greene artfully stirs up the ghosts of our past as a cautionary tale that speaks to our present. —Sundance Film Festival

Purchase tickets at here . Use the code IRTFCA for a $2 discount. 

April 9, 2018 to April 10, 2018
Cleveland International Film Festival: A Woman Captured
Monday- 2:15pm Tuesday- 8:45pm
Tower City Cinemas, 230 W Huron Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113

Marish has been kept as a domestic slave in Eta’s house for over a decade. In addition to working tirelessly to complete all of the household tasks without any days off, Marish works full time in a factory and is obligated to give Eta every cent she earns. Marish often goes days without food or sleep, and she can’t go anywhere or do anything without permission. Eta and her family inflict verbal and physical abuse on the woman who washes their clothes and prepares their meals, seemingly taking pleasure in making Marish miserable and terrified. With no one to turn to, Marish quietly endures this appalling treatment until the close bond she forms with the film’s director inspires her to finally escape. Forms of modern day slavery exist all over the world, hidden in the shadows. A WOMAN CAPTURED documents and exposes one of these heart-wrenching true stories with compassion and courage. As Marish herself says, “If you manage to screen it just once, a few people might realize… that everyone deserves respect, even those who have lost everything.” (In Hungarian with subtitles) —G.S.

Purchase tickets at here . Use the code OFTN to get $2 off tickets.

You can watch the trailer here .

April 20, 2018 to April 23, 2018
Stand with Immigrants and Refugees - Ecumenical Advocacy Days
Washington, D.C.

Join IRTF at the annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days conference where we will join with hundreds from across the US to analyze current policies and envision ways to more fully and justly respond to the global and local needs of displaced communities.

US policies create migration push factors, forcing people to leave their homelands:
extreme poverty
entrenched violence
political turmoil
militarized repression against pro-democracy movements

After the conference, we will go to Capitol Hill and meet in the offices of Ohio’s 16 congresspersons and 2 senators. We urge them to support policy changes that advance hope and overcome the devastating impacts of armed violence and climate change. We call for an end to US policies that exacerbate social inequality and violent conditions in Latin America, including the militarization of law enforcement in their countries and militarized immigration enforcement that hurts migrants traveling through Mexico and at the US-Mexico border.