November Documentary Series on Nonviolence & Peace

The Center is sponsoring three films in November on the URI campus. Come join us for informative and engaging documentaries that underscore the need for nonviolence in our country and world.

1.  Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield

Thursday, November 14, 2013, 7:30PM Swan Hall Auditorium – This follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill, author of the international bestseller Blackwater, into the hidden world of America’s covert wars — from Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia, and beyond. With a strong cinematic style, the film blurs the boundaries of documentary and fiction storytelling. Part action film and part detective story, Dirty Wars is a gripping journey into one of the most important and underreported stories of our time.

2. Living for 32

Monday, November 18th, 7:30 pm – Swan Hall Auditorium  – Living for 32 is the inspirational story of Colin Goddard, a survivor of the tragic gun-shooting massacre, which occurred on the Virginia Tech campus, April 16th, 2007. The winning combination of Colin’s passion, charisma and optimism has commanded the attention of the American public and media since the devastating incident, which left 32 dead and 17 injured. In Living for 32, Colin shares an intimate account of terror he and his classmates endured and the courageous journey of renewal and hope he chose to pursue.

3. Free China: The Courage to Believe

Thursday, November 21st, 7:30 pm – Lippit Hall 402 –  The award winning “Free China: The Courage To Believe” tells the story of a mother and former Communist Party member, Jennifer Zeng, who along with more than 70 Million Chinese were practicing a belief that combined Buddhism and Daoism until the Chinese Government outlawed it. The Internet police intercepted an email and Jennifer was imprisoned for her faith. As she endured physical and mental torture, she had to decide: does she stand her ground and languish in jail, or does she recant her belief so she can tell her story to the world and be reunited with her family? A world away, Dr. Charles Lee, a Chinese American businessman, wanted to do his part to stop the persecution by attempting to broadcast uncensored information on state controlled television. He was arrested in China and sentenced to three years of re-education in a prison camp.