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NEW! Friday Film Discussion Club: Chisholm ’72 Unbought & Unbossed

Friday, October 16, 2020 @ 4:00 pm 5:00 pm

The Library kicks off its first meeting of the new monthly online discussion group, “The Friday Film Club.” The group is for anyone who enjoys critically-acclaimed movies, inspiring documentaries, and foreign films. Discussions will be led by the Library’s Program Coordinator, Julia Pierce. The first film selection is the 2004 documentary Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed. Email jpierce@librarycamden.org to request a Zoom link to participate.

For the month of October (“Discover History Month” at the library), we’ve chosen the documentary Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed (2004) 1 hr, 16 min. The summary and trailer are below. Friday Film Club members will be able to submit suggestions for films to view and talk about. Free or low-cost options for viewing the selections will be cited. People interested in participating in the film club should watch the documentary and bring their thoughts about it to the film discussion program on Zoom. Online meetings will be held on third Fridays.

You can watch the film on Kanopy (an app you can access for free with your library card): https://www.kanopy.com/product/chisholm-72-unbought-unbossed

You can also watch the film on Amazon (free for prime members): https://www.amazon.com/Chisholm-72-Unbought-Unbossed-Shirley/dp/B01B6X2S7C/ref=sr_1_1?crid=19HVOMKHQGGHN&dchild=1&keywords=chisholm+72&qid=1601491109&sprefix=chisolm%2Caps%2C185&sr=8-1

You can rent the film on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=chisholm+%2772+unbought+%26+unbossed

Summary: Recalling a watershed event in US politics, this Peabody Award-winning documentary takes an in-depth look at the 1972 presidential campaign of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress and the first to seek nomination for the highest office in the land.

Shunned by the political establishment and the media, this longtime champion of marginalized Americans asked for support from people of color, women, gays, and young people newly empowered to vote at the age of 18. Chisholm’s bid for an equal place on the presidential dais generated strong, even racist opposition. Yet her challenge to the status quo and her message about exercising the right to vote struck many as progressive and positive.

Official Selection at the Sundance International Film Festival and the SXSW Film Festival.

A refreshing antidote to the opportunism and cynicism that rules the political roost today…an inspiring tale of someone who made a difference.” – James Greenberg, Hollywood Reporter

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