Mancos Public Library invites the public for a special, all-ages Poetry Open Mic Night to celebrate National Poetry Month. Come along and celebrate poetry by reading your own work or the work of someone who has inspired you! Local poets David Feela and Tim Kercher will be reading some of their favorite poems that they have written. Registration is not required and sign-up is upon arrival. For more information visit call 970-533-7600.
Join us for a FREE advance screening of The Armor of Light. This film follows the journey of Evangelical minister Rob Schenck, who is trying to find the courage to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America. A community discussion with local clergy and religious leaders will follow the screening. For more information about this screening please call 970-533-7600.
The film tracks Reverend Schenck, a well-known anti-abortion activist and fixture on the political far right, as he breaks with orthodoxy by questioning whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life. Rev. Schenck is shocked and perplexed by the reactions of his long-time friends and colleagues who warn him away from this complex, politically explosive issue. Along the way, he meets Lucy McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, an unarmed teenager who was murdered in Florida and whose story cast a spotlight on the state’s “Stand Your Ground” laws. McBath, also a devout Christian, decides to work with Schenck even though she is pro-choice. Lucy is on a difficult journey of her own, trying to make sense of her devastating loss while using her grief to effect some kind of viable and effective political action where so many before her have failed. The Armor of Light is the directorial debut of award-winning producer Abigail Disney (Pray the Devil Back to Hell; Women, War & Peace)
The Armor of Light follows these allies through their trials of conscience, heartbreak and rejection, as they bravely attempt to make others consider America’s gun culture through a moral lens. The film is also a courageous look at our fractured political culture and an assertion that it is, indeed, possible for people to come together across deep party lines to find common ground. For more information about this film please visit The Armor of Light page on Independent Lens
Mancos Public Library is excited to offer an advance screening of Peace Officer, a film by Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber. A community discussion with local police officers will follow the screening. Winner of both the Grand Jury and Audience Awards for Best Documentary at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, Peace Officer is the story of William “Dub” Lawrence, a former sheriff who established and trained Utah’s first SWAT team — only to watch in horror as that same unit killed his son-in-law Brian Wood in a controversial standoff years later. Driven by an obsessive sense of mission, Lawrence uses his investigative skills to uncover the truth about that incident and other officer-involved shootings in his community, while tackling larger questions about the changing face of peace officers nationwide. For more information about this screening please call 970-533-7600.
In the film, Lawrence’s long-term obsession with bringing to light the truth behind Wood’s killing is entwined with his investigations of other recent officer-involved shootings and SWAT team raids in quiet neighborhoods just miles from where his son-in-law was killed. Several of these cases are related to aggressive no-knock search warrant laws typical across the country. These events are contextualized within the growing problem of violent SWAT raids and governmental immunity laws established as part of the War on Drugs. Officers in cities and small towns are routinely armed with military surplus weapons and equipment, backed by federal incentives to use what they are given. These and other factors have led to a 15,000% increase in SWAT team raids in the United States since the late 1970s. Peace Officer follows Dub as he doggedly picks apart these cases with the zeal of a rule-of-law detective combined with the grief of a victim. For more information about the film and to see a preview of the film, visit: http://itvs.org/films/peace-officer or http://www.pbs.org/peace-officer/
In celebration of Black History Month, Mancos Public Library is excited to offer a FREE advance screening of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. This film by award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson documents the late 1960s, as change was coming to America. As disputes raged over equality and civil rights — a new revolutionary culture was emerging seeking to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, at least for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change. A community discussion will follow the screening. For more information about this screening visit www.mancoslibrary.org
The film is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. Featuring Kathleen Cleaver, Jamal Joseph, and dozens of others, alongside a soul-power soundtrack of the music so integral to the Party’s identity, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution is an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that gave rise to a new revolutionary culture in America. For more information about this film please visit: http://itvs.org/films/black-