25 Apr 2024
​​​​​​​Franciscan Peace Center Launches “Movies That Matter: Informing Your Vote” Virtual Film and Discussion Series


The Franciscan Peace Center announces the launch of an exciting virtual film and discussion series titled “Movies That Matter: Informing Your Vote”. This innovative initiative aims to engage participants in critical conversations about pressing social issues ahead of the upcoming election cycle.


Beginning in May, the series will offer monthly access to thought-provoking documentaries addressing a spectrum of topics relevant to voters, including immigration, gun violence, overcoming partisanship, care of the Earth, voting rights, and more. Each film will be available for streaming over a week-long period, providing ample opportunity for reflection and dialogue.


The inaugural film, “Building the American Dream”, sheds light on the exploitation of immigrant labor within the construction industry. Set in Texas, the documentary follows the stories of resilient individuals fighting for justice amidst systemic injustices. From advocating for safety ordinances to battling for unpaid wages, the film captures the courage and resilience of those often excluded from the American Dream.


After registering, participants will receive a link to personally view the film online at their convenience between May 15-28.  Participants will have the opportunity to engage in post-screening discussions via Zoom, choosing from two scheduled “talkback” sessions to accommodate varying schedules. These sessions, slated for May 29 at 10 AM and May 30 at 7 PM (Central Daylight Time), will provide a platform for reflection, dialogue, and community building.


There is no cost associated with viewing the films or participating in the discussion sessions. Interested individuals will need to register online at https://form.jotform.com/241004575244045  to secure their spot in this transformative series.


Marsha Thrall, Director of Programming for the Franciscan Peace Center, expressed enthusiasm for the initiative, stating, “As we approach this pivotal election year, it is crucial that voters are informed and engaged on the pressing issues facing our society. Through ‘Movies That Matter’, we hope to empower individuals to critically examine these issues and make informed decisions at the ballot box.”


The Franciscan Peace Center, established by the Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton, Iowa, provides meaningful programming that addresses systemic issues integrating spirituality with the mission of promoting nonviolence and advocating for social justice, including immigration reform and human rights.


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