Social Responsibility

Video Speaker Series

St. Cloud State University - Social ResponsibilitySocial Responsibility Documentary Series

Spring 2008

Tuesdays, 12:00 noon, Atwood Theater


Jan 29, 08

When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (Documentary, 2006) to be facilitated by Dr. Tracy Ore

This intimate, heart-rending portrait of New Orleans in the wake of the destruction tells the heartbreaking personal stories of those who endured this harrowing ordeal and survived to tell the tale of misery, despair and triumph. The film also looks at a community that has been through hell and back, surviving death, devastation and disease at every turn. Yet, somehow, amidst the ruins, the people of New Orleans are finding new hope and strength as the city rises from the ashes, buoyed by their own resilience and a rich cultural legacy. This film will showcase the struggle for New Orleans by focusing on the profound loss, as well as the indomitable spirit of New Orleaneans.

Running time:  256 minutes, four-part documentary event, featuring Part One

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Feb 12, 08

Guns, Germs and Steel (Documentary, 2005)

Jared Diamond’s revolutionary theories about the course of human civilization come to the screen in this three-part series.  Diamond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work offers a revealing look at the rise and fall of societies through the lens of geography, technology, biology and economics—forces symbolized by the power of guns, germs and steel.  The production spans five continents and uses epic historical re-enactments to illustrate Diamond’s theories, explaining why societies developed differently in different parts of the world—why some became conquerors and others the conquered.

Running time: 180 minutes, two-part documentary event, presented two consecutive weeks, 90 minutes each week.

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Responsibility Documentary Series

Fall 2007

Oct 02, 07

War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death

War Made Easy brings to the screen Norman Solomon’s insightful analysis of the strategies used by administration, both Democratic and Republican, to promote their agendas for war from Vietnam to Iraq. War Made Easy encourages people to think critically about the messages put out by today’s spin doctors—messages which are designed to promote and prolong a policy of militarism under the guise of “war on terror.” [45 minutes]


Oct 09, 07

Game Over

Game Over is an educational documentary that offers a refreshing dialogue about the complex and controversial topic of video game violence, and is designed to encourage high school and college students to think critically about the video games they play, instead of dismissing the technology as “harmless fun.” Game Over explores questions socially responsible citizens are asking. What are the messages of video games? Why are the vast majority of game player’s boys and men? Are video games desensitizing children to violence? How is race represented in video games? What images of women exist in the video game world? [41 minutes]


Oct 16, 07

Eugene Debs & the American Movement

Eugene Debs & the American Movement is an educational video that documents fifty years of long suppressed history. Using extensively researched photographs, drawings, and newsreel footage, the documentary tells a story of the bloody strikes and brutal government reaction to the American workers attempt to organize. [43 minutes]


Oct 23, 07

Freedom Machines

Freedom Machines is the documentary that looks at beliefs about disability through the lens of assistive technology. The video explores how human experience and technological innovations are outpacing social policies and the perceptions that have guided them. Freedom Machines is a riveting reflection on the status of life of America’s largest minority group; the 55 million people with disabilities. [76 minutes]



Social Responsibility Documentary Video & Speaker Series I

Spring 2007

Sponsor : SCSU Social Responsibility Program

Jan 30, 07


Co-Sponsor: Student for Non-Violent Alternatives (NOVA WEEK) The Vietnam War has been the subject of hundreds of films, both fiction and non-fiction, but this story–the story of the rebellion of thousands of American soldiers against the war–has never been told in film


Feb 08, 07

The Letter: An American Town and the "Somali Invasion"

Co-Sponsors: Multicultural Student Services & Somali Student Organization. Invited Guest Panel to follow showing. The Letter documents the ensuing cross-current of emotions and events, culminating in an anti-immigrant rally convened by The World Church of the Creator and a counter demonstration involving nearly 4,000 Lewiston residents supporting ethnic and cultural diversity.


Feb 15, 07

GMO Trilogy: Unnatural Selection & Hidden Dangers in Kids’ Meals: Genetically Engineered Foods

This stunning European documentary made available for the first time in the US, reveals several harsh consequences of genetic engineering worldwide. Shocking research results, inadequate regulations and warnings from eminent scientists explain why GM foods are dangerous and should be removed from kids’ meals.


Feb 22, 07


Co-Sponsor: All Tribes Council. Invited Guest Speakers: Dr. Darlene St. Clair & Panel to follow showing. Hidatsa/Mandan filmmaker, J. Carlos Peinado investigates the impact of the massive Garrison Dam project, constructed in the 1950’s by the Army Corps of Engineers, which laid waste to a self-sufficient American Indian community, submerging fertile land and displacing his family and the people of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation


March 01, 07

Granito de Arena

Invited Guest Speakers to follow showing. A sixty-minute documentary, Granito de Arena places the Mexican teachers’ struggle in a global context, clearly spelling out the relationship between economic globalization and the worldwide public education crisis.


March 22, 07

The Shamans Apprentice

The Shaman's Apprentice is a story of survival against the odds. It interweaves the luminous rain forest world of phenomena and legends with western science and the grim realities of extinction. In the story of one man's quest to preserve the ancient wisdom of our species, we find the intelligence, cooperation and hope that could save one of the most glorious places on earth.


March 29, 07

Black Gold

Co-Sponsor: African Students Association. Invited Guest Speaker: Dr. Tracy Ore. Multinational coffee companies now rule our shopping malls and supermarkets and dominate the industry worth over $80 billion, making coffee the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil. But while we continue to pay for our lattes and cappuccinos, the price paid to coffee farmers remains so low that many have been forced to abandon their coffee fields. Tadesse Meskela is one man on a mission to save his 74,000 struggling coffee farmers from bankruptcy.





Social Responsibility Documentary Video & Speaker Series I

Fall 2006

Sponsor : SCSU Social Responsibility Program

Sept 27, 06

The Big Buy- Tom DeLay's Stolen Congress

The Big Buy: Tom DeLay's Stolen Congress is the story of how he did just that. It's the story of one of the most blatant power grabs in American history, and how a District Attorney in Texas turned out to be the biggest threat to the national DeLay Machine.


Oct 4, 06

Big Bucks, Big Pharma: Marketing Disease and Pushing Drugs

Big Bucks, Big Pharma pulls back the curtain on the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry to expose the insidious ways that Illness is used, manipulated, and in some instances created, for capital gain.


Oct 11, 06

Iraq for Sale

Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers is the story of what happens to everyday Americans when corporations go to war.


Oct 18, 06

Empty Oceans, Empty Nets

Empty Oceans, Empty Nets provides viewers with an unblinking look at the global marine fisheries crisis and the pioneering efforts of fishermen, scientists and communities to sustain and restore them.


Oct 25, 06

ACLU Freedom Files-Voting Issues/ Gay & Lesbian Rights
Co-Sponsored by SCSU GLBT Services
Presentation by GLBT Services following the showing

Two separate parts of a revolutionary, 10-part series that tells the stories of real people in America whose civil liberties have been threatened, and how they fought back.


Nov 01, 06

Waging a Living

The term "working poor" should be an oxymoron. If you work full time, you should not be poor, but more than 30 million Americans — one in four workers — are stuck in jobs that do not pay the basics for a decent life. "Waging a Living" chronicles the day-to-day battles of four low-wage earners fighting to lift their families out of poverty.


Nov 08

Propaganda, Peace & the Promised Land

Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land provides a striking comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.





Social Responsibility Documentary Video & Speaker Series I

Spring 2006 Wednesdays 5 -7 p,m Atwood Theatre Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 - 5:15p.m in Glacier North
(Exceptions noted below)
Sponsor : SCSU Social Responsibility Program

Jan 30,

This Divided State:  Death Threats, Bribery, and Family Values (Co-sponsored with NOVA)     NOTE: 6:30-8PM  Atwood Ballroom    A raw and riveting examination of the heated "red versus blue" rift in the nation, This Divided State begins in September 2004 with the presidential election fast approaching and the State of Utah ready to declare itself "Bush Country" once again. However, this complacent state of Republican majority was rocked when Utah Valley State College announced that liberal filmmaker Michael Moore would speak on their campus two weeks before the election. Within 24 hours of the announcement, a media frenzy descended upon the school as angry community members and religious leaders shouted protests, pointed fingers, and quoted Mormon scripture. Some even claimed Mooreπs arrival would bring the Apocalypse.  The student body representatives who had invited Michael Moore soon were inundated with hate mail, death threats, and claims  they had committed "treason."


Jan ,         

The Day My God Died (NOTE:  6:30-8PM  Atwood Little Theatre)  presents the stories of young girls whose lives have been shattered by the child sex trade. They describe the day they were abducted from their village and sold into sexual servitude as, “The Day My God Died.” Children are the commodity consumed by the voracious and sophisticated international sex trade. Recruiters capture them, smugglers transport them, brothel owners enslave them, corrupt police betray them and customers rape and infect them. Every person in the chain profits except for the girls, who pay the price with their lives. Sexual servitude is a virtual death sentence.  The film also introduces us to the heroes of the movement to abolish child sex slavery – non-profit organizations which rescue and care for former sex slaves.


Feb 07,

A Silent Forest:  The Growing Threat of Genetically Engineered Trees  (NOTE: First showing on Tuesday 5PM in Atwood Theatre)  A Silent Forest exposes the threats posed by the introduction of genetically engineered trees into our environment. The film breaks down complex scientific concepts while detailing the dangerous impacts genetically engineered trees will have on human health, native forests, forest-dwelling indigenous peoples, and wildlife.


Feb 7/9

A Silent Forest:  The Growing Threat of Genetically Engineered Trees  (NOTE: First showing on Tuesday 5PM in Atwood Theatre)  A Silent Forest exposes the threats posed by the introduction of genetically engineered trees into our environment. The film breaks down complex scientific concepts while detailing the dangerous impacts genetically engineered trees will have on human health, native forests, forest-dwelling indigenous peoples, and wildlife.


Feb 15/16,

Earthlings Powerful, informative and thought-provoking, EARTHLINGS is by far the most comprehensive documentary ever produced on the correlation between nature, animals, and human economic interests.  With an in-depth study into pet stores, puppy mills and animals shelters, as well as factory farms, the leather and fur trades, sports and entertainment industries, and finally the medical and scientific profession itself, EARTHLINGS uses hidden cameras and never before seen footage to chronicle the day-to-day practices of some of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.

Feb 22

Enron:  The Smartest Guys in the Room    This is the inside story of one of history's greatest business scandals, in which top executives of America's 7th largest company walked away with over one billion dollars while investors and employees lost everything.


Mar 1/2

Wellstone!  is a reminder of how much was lost the day a plane crash killed the senator, his wife and daughter and five others 11 days before a closely fought election.  It is also a fine tribute to a passionate, tenacious politician, and an inspiration to those who would follow his path to say, “Politics is not about money and power, but the improvement of people’s lives.”   


Mar 14

Class Dismissed: How Television Frames the Working Class  (Note:  Tuesday at 5PM in Atwood Theatre) Featuring interviews with media analysts and cultural historians, this documentary examines the patterns inherent in TV's disturbing depictions of working class people as either clowns or social deviants -- stereotypical portrayals that reinforce the myth of meritocracy.  Class Dismissed breaks important new ground in exploring the ways in which race, gender, and sexuality intersect with class, offering a more complex reading of television's often one-dimensional representations. The video also links television portrayals to negative cultural attitudes and public policies that directly affect the lives of working class people.


Mar 22

Winter Soldier
This extraordinary documentary, made in 1972 and having its first theatrical release, not only revisits events during the Vietnam War that have uncanny resonance today but also stands as a riveting example of pure filmic storytelling. An unadorned, black-and-white record of a three-day gathering held in Detroit in 1971, "Winter Soldier" turns the camera on the testimony of former soldiers invited by Vietnam Veterans Against the War to share accounts of atrocities they committed or witnessed. The result is a spellbinding film that achieves impressive power through little more than the spoken word. Recreational killing of civilians, rape, arson, torture: They did it, or saw it, all. Having been trained to see their enemies as less than human -- they were always called gooks or commies -- and having been taught to dissociate from the violence they were committing lest they be killed themselves, they simply learned not to care .


Mar 29

Howard Zinn:  You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train documents the life and times of the historian, activist and author of the best selling classic A People's History of the United States. Featuring rare archival materials, interviews with Howard Zinn as well as colleagues and friends including Noam Chomsky, Marian Wright Edelman, Daniel Ellsberg, Tom Hayden and Alice Walker, YOU CAN'T BE NEUTRAL captures the essence of this activist and thinker who has been a catalyst for progressive change for more than 60 years. As Noam Chomsky has said of him, "it is no exaggeration to say he has changed the consciousness of a generation.

Social Responsibility Documentary Video  & Speaker Series 

Fall 2005  Wednesdays: 5-7 PM Atwood Theatre

Sponsors: SCSU Social Responsibility Program, Mass Communications,and Women’s Center on certain programs

Sept 21,2005

Unconstitutional:  The War on Our Civil Liberties The real story behind the Patriot Act and other administrative policies and the gut wrenching stories behind those affected – from law abiding store clerks to U.S. Olympians unable to travel.  It’ll remind you of what American used to stand for.


Sept 28,2005       

The Oil Factor:  Behind the War on Terror   Evidence and documentation that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are about oil, not stopping terrorism.


Sept 29,2005

Peaceable Kingdom  Award-winning film exploring interconnected lives of farm animals, former farmers, & animal rescuers struggling against factory farming.
Speaker:  Harold Brown, former farmer, speaks out on factory farming.


Oct 5,2005

Plan Columbia:  Cashing In on the Drug War Failure   20 years of US “war-on-drugs in Columbia paid for by US tax-payers.  Still, more and more drugs and narco-dollars are entering the US every year.  Is it a mere failure by Washington?  Or is it a smokescreen to secure Columbia’s oil and natural resources instead ?


Oct 6,2005

Diana Murcia  “Plan Columbia:  Creating a Continent of Protest”  A lawyer considered one of the leading experts on the effects of Plan Colombia on human rights in her country, she has done      extensive research in the country with peasant farmers affected by the nearly $2 million a day in military aid that the US provides.  

CO-SPONSOR:  SCSU Women’s Center


Oct 19,2005

Weapons of Mass Deception    A look at the aggressive public relations campaign used to sell the American public on the war with Iraq


Oct 26,2005

The Future of Food    The disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled grocery store shelves for the past decade


Nov 2,2005  

McLibel:  How a Postman and a Gardiner take on McDonalds and WIN!
A documentary that tells the story of the longest trial in England’s history


Nov 9,2005

Poison Dust:  Radioactive DU Weapons in Iraq During the current Iraq war the United States’ use of radioactive depleted uranium weapons increased from 375 tons used in 1991 to 2200 tons.  What are the consequences ?


Nov 16,2005            

Walmart:  The High Cost of Low Price  (Co-sponsor; SCSU Women’s Center)
It will take you behind the glitz and into the real lives of workers and their families, business owners and their communities, in an extraordinary journey that will challenge the way you think, feel... and shop.


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