By Erik Jambor
Launching on Mandela Day weekend (July 15th -18th), Indie Memphis is presenting a sequence of films to provoke conversations concerning topics related to freedom. The Freedom Series is scheduled to take place in a number of different venues throughout the city, beginning in July and culminating with special screenings on October 21st-24th as part of the 13th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival. Discussion forums will follow each film in hopes of cultivating cross-cultural understanding and compassion. These follow-up conversations will be moderated by respected speakers relevant to each topic.
Admission to the series is free and open to the public, though a $5 minimum donation to the hosting organization is suggested. Community organizations are invited to attend and participate. Groups are encouraged to make arrangements in advance, as seating is limited. “The goals of the Freedom Series are to cultivate cross-cultural compassion, broaden and enlighten the conversation on freedom, and further diversify the Independent film community,” explains Erik Jambor, executive director of Indie Memphis. “We are hoping that other groups and organizations will want to become involved and invite their memberships to attend the series.”
The following programs have been scheduled for the inaugural weekend:
- Thursday, July 15th, 7 pm at the Studio on the Square (2105 Court Avenue), Indie Memphis presents The Veiled Commodity and the feature documentary Complaints Choir for conversations about human rights and free speech. The filmmaker is scheduled to attend.
- Friday, July 16th, 7 pm at the Latino Memphis Community Center (2838 Hickory Hill), Latino Memphis, Christian Brothers University Graduate & Professional Studies, and Certified Financial Planning present La Vos De Los Sin Vos with the feature documentary Intimidad for conversations about political freedom and civil liberties.
- Saturday, July 17th, 3 pm at Abundant Grace (1574 E. Shelby Drive, ½ mile west of I-55 Memphis), Abundant Grace Fellowship presents .45 to 50 with the feature documentary Getwell for conversations on human rights and health care.
- Sunday, July 18th, 3 pm at the National Civil Rights Museum (450 Mulberry Street), the National Civil Rights Museum presents the previously unreleased, last living interview with Helen Suzman, From Helen Suzman’s Story and exclusive interviews with Nelson Mandela from Voices from Robben Island for conversations on human rights and restorative justice.
Each program includes additional unlisted short films. Further community hosted screenings will be announced in the coming months. Those wanting more information should visit indiememphis.com/freedom