The Department of Communication, Media and Film and the University of Calgary Film Society Present

documentary

Fattitude (2017)

When and Where: 

Wednesday, November 29th at 7:00pm

at The Gallery Hall (across from the Nickle Galleries) in Taylor Family Digital Library


About the Film:

Did you know that fat people are paid $1.25 less an hour than their thin counterparts? Or that a fat person who excels can still legally lose a job just because s/he’s fat? How about the reality that 1 in 3 doctors associates fat bodies with hostility, dishonesty and poor hygiene?

Fat people are subject to discrimination everywhere they look. In children’s books and stories fat people are villains and bad guys. On our television screens and in the advertising world the fat body is a joke. Magazines and entertainment news shows fixate on the “fatness” of celebrities’ bodies and there are very few films that feature fat leads, despite the fact that 60%+ of Americans are – or at the very least consider themselves – fat.

It is our goal to inform people about the harsh and very real realities of fat shaming and fat hatred – to expose how fat hatred permeates our popular culture, spreading the message that fat is bad and in turn forwarding the idea that being cruel, unkind or downright unjust to a fat person is acceptable behavior. AND THEN, TO INSPIRE CHANGE.

Fattitude is a body positive documentary, but it is also an activist movement.

Check out Fattitude’s website

A film by Lindsey Averill and Viridiana Lieberman.

30 minutes of Q&A via Skype with director Lindsey Averill to follow the screening.

All seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early.

Free for students with ID and community by donation non-perishables or cash ($5.00 – $10.00 suggested)

All proceeds go towards the Campus Food Bank.

Waking the Sleeping Giant (2017)

When and Where: 

Wednesday, October 25th at 7:00pm

at The Gallery Hall (across from the Nickle Galleries) in Taylor Family Digital Library


About the Film:

Waking the Sleeping Giant: The Making of a Political Revolution is the story of the attempt to build a 21st century progressive movement in the United States. Five remarkable individuals wrestle with persistent racial injustice, growing economic inequality, and the corrupting influence of money in politics against the backdrop of an extraordinary 2016 presidential race.

From the presidential campaign trail with Senator Bernie Sanders to a local race in the failing economy of rural West Virginia, from a mass sit-in on the U.S. Capitol steps to racially charged police commission hearings in Los Angeles, Waking the Sleeping Giant makes sense of this moment in American politics, probing widespread discontent during the 2016 election cycle, Donald Trump’s dramatic electoral victory, and the challenges ahead for those building a re-energized progressive movement.

Some press Reviews for “Waking the Sleeping Giant”:

An “incendiary new film” – Movie-Blogger.com

The filmmakers invite us to see the people in this film “as an arm, maybe a little toe, of the rousing giant, joining unionists, Black Lives Matter activists, academics, environmentalists, LGBTQ advocates, the quite religious and the not religious, all manner of just plain decent hard-working people, red staters, blue staters, rural dweller and urbanites, and yes, one or two quoted members of the liberal media, in channeling [the] anger into a politics of inclusivity.” – The Tyee

“Giant seriously rouses when it looks at Black Lives Matter or the story of West Virginian Sabrina Shrader.” – Georgia Strait

A film by Jacob Smith, Jon D. Erickson and Kathryn Goldman.

30 minutes of Q&A via Skype with Jacob Smith to follow the screening.

All seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early.

Free for students with ID and community by donation ($5.00 – $10.00 suggested)

All proceeds go towards the Campus Food Bank.

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