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Engagement, Education and Collaboration
About the Film Committee
Some members at the 2018 DAUK Independence Day Picnic
The DAUK Film Committee was founded in 2004 by Herman Rothberger. Our first screening was Going Up River - a biography of the Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry and Outfoxed - a very prescient examination of the role of Fox News in the media landscape.
Since then, we have held Film Nights on a wide variety of issues and topics. We now aim to hold four Film Nights a year.
Our mission and role within DAUK
Our purpose has always been to screen and discuss documentaries on key USA social and political issues:
- Engage: old and new DAUK members by offering informative and interesting Film Nights in a friendly and open environment. Film Nights have often been the first step to people becoming more widely involved in DAUK! We try to ensure that people always leave with ideas about how to become active on the issues raised.
- Educate: ensure that we offer high-quality films and after-screening discussions. We often have the filmmakers themselves or academic, think-tank or activist experts as our speakers.
- Collaborate: with other Committees and Caucuses in creating Film Nights and in the promotion of other DAUK activities and events - especially Voter Registration and Get Out the Vote
At our exclusive preview screening of Episode 3 - The Arc of History: Inside Obama's White House, the legendary Norma Percy, series producer, Mick Gold, producer of this episode, and Paddy Duff, who provided archive research and arranged the interviews, led the after-screening discussion
Capturing the Flag Film Night June 14, 2019
RBG Film Night April 12 2019
April 2018: An Exclusive Conversation with Lynn Novick, co-producer of the PBS series The Vietnam War.
|March 16 2018: A screening and discussion of Dolores.|
In collaboration with the DAUK Women's Caucus and the Identities Group of the Policy Network and Resolutions Committee.
Who is Dolores Huerta? What did she achieve?
|December 2017: Screening of Leonardo Di Caprio's Before the Flood|
In Collaboration with the Policy Network and Resolutions Committee
After screening discussion led by Wen-Wen Lindroth, Co-chair of the Policy Network and Chair of its Inclusive Economics Group.
Season 2016 - 2017
|May 2017: The Brainwashing of My Dad|
After screening discussion, chaired by Susan Schoenfeld Harrington, DAUK Executive Committee member, with panelists Professior Charlie Beckett, Director of Polis, at the London School of Economics and Karin Robinson, social media strategist and DAUK Executive Committee member
Our March Film Night was a screening of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy with its director Greg Palast as our after-screening speaker. Go here for more information
We screened the UK premier of The Choice 2016 on October 7. Go here for more details.
Season 2015- 2016
Film Night on June 24th was a screening of the PBS documentary Two American Famiiles, followed by an after-screening discussion led by Professor Peter Kingstone and Dr Antoine Rogers. For more details, go here.
Our March screening was a preview of the final episode – The Arc of History - of Inside Obama's White House, the BBC Two four part series produced by the Brook-Lapping team of highly acclaimed, award-winning documentary filmmakers: Norma Percy, Paul Mitchell and Mick Gold. Details are here.
On June 24 we screened Two American Families (2013) - a PBS Frontline production in which Bill Moyers documents the lives of two Milwaukee working class families from 1992 to 2012 as they confront the impact of de-industrialization and globalization on the local economy. While their stories are the focus, Moyers locates their situation in the local and national economic context.
On November 20 we screened Citizenfour with a post-screening panel head-lined by Ewen MacAskill, the Guardian Intelligence and Security correspondent who played a pivotal role in the publication of Edward Snowden's disclosures of the NSA surveillance activities and Robert Carolina, . Details here
2014 - 2015
We screened the Case Against 8 on June 23rd 2015. Details are here.
1964 (PBS) was screened on April 10 2015, Details here
Film Screenings: 2013 -2014
We kicked off our 2013 -2014 screening with PBS America's JFK on November 15. Details here
Season 2012 -2013
In May we screened The House I Live In and held a Skype Q and A with the Director Eugene Jarecki
In March we screened We're Not Broke followed by a discussion led by John Christensen, Director of the Tax Justice Network and DAUK member Carol Moore.
Suppressing the Vote
A selection of previous screenings
The Flaw with a Q and A session with director David Sington.
Inside Job with a panel drawn from DAUK members
Films under consideration for screening:
Two American Families (2013) Bill Moyers. PBS Frontline
Disclaimer: The screening of these films does not constitute an endorsement or promotion of the film, nor of any views expressed therein or any association with The Film Committee, DAUK, Democrats Abroad or the Democratic Party. Screenings are solely conceived as educational activities: offering an opportunity for members to discuss issues.
Links to other organizations or publications imply neither endorsement of their policies nor any association with the Democratic Party or Democrats Abroad - UK.