Conversation with filmmaker Bernadine Mellis, civil rights attorneys Dennis Cunningham and Michael Deutsch, international human rights advocate Bernadine Dohrn, and author John Schultz follows screening.
CHICAGO –The Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) will host the Chicago premiere and a post-screening discussion of the documentary film, The Forest for the Trees, on Thursday, April 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. at Columbia College Chicago Film Row Cinema (1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor).
This program is co-sponsored by the Columbia College Chicago Television Department, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, the African American Studies Department at University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University School of Law, Legal Clinic.
The Forest for the Trees is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the amazing story of the fight to clear Earth First! activist Judi Bari’s name after her car was bombed and she was arrested as a terrorist in 1990. Bari was one of the first to place as much importance on the legacy and future of the trees as she did on the lives of timber workers’ and their families.
Immediately following the screening, there will be a discussion with filmmaker Bernadine Mellis, civil rights attorneys Dennis Cunningham and Michael Deutsch, and international human rights advocate Bernadine Dohrn. Both the screening and discussion are free, but reservations are recommended to ensure admittance. To make a reservation or for more information, please email or call 312.422.5580. When registering via email, please specify "Forest for the Trees" in the subject line.
Please note: this film is not rated.
Historian Howard Zinn calls The Forest for the Trees "a powerful and elegant document, beautifully done. It brings Judi Bari and the movement to life, and does a superb job on the trial itself."
This screening and discussion are part of The Public Square at the IHC’s Civic Cinema program, a series of films, forums, and conversations that uses the most exceptionally creative and engaging documentary films of our times as a springboard for talking about some of the most pressing and challenging social issues facing us. Many of the films screened in this series are funded in part by the Illinois Humanities Council.
For more information about the Public Square at the IHC or other programs of the Illinois Humanities Council, please call 312.422.5580 or visit www.prairie.org.
The Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council fosters debate, dialogue, and exchange of ideas about cultural, social and political issues with an emphasis on social justice. Our programs promote participatory democracy by creating space for public conversations.
The Illinois Humanities Council is an educational organization dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities. Through its programs and grants, the IHC promotes greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities by all Illinoisans, regardless of their economic resources, cultural background, or geographic location. Organized as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1973, the IHC is now a private nonprofit (501 [c] 3) organization that is funded by contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations; by the Illinois General Assembly; and by the NEH.
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