Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Human Rights Film Series to Open Thursday

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Human Rights Film Series to Open Thursday

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The chief of the Pittsburgh Police, president of Pittsburgh's NAACP chapter and a well-known Duquesne University philosophy professor will lead a conversation after a showing of the documentary "White Like Me" Thursday night.

The movie will open the university's annual Human Rights Film Series. This year's theme of "Oppression and Opportunity" will address social justice issues around the world.

"White Like Me" examines the legacy of white privilege in America and how that influences racial inequality and shapes public policy. After the movie, Chief Cameron McLay, Connie Parker from the NAACP Pittsburgh chapter and George Yancy, who holds a doctorate in philosophy and is a professor in the field at Duquesne, will answer questions.

The event will start at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Power Center Ballroom on Duquesne's campus. It's free.

Also scheduled, with experts and opinion leaders on hand, are five other documentaries: "Power & Control," examining domestic violence and abuse through the eyes of one woman, Jan. 28; "Fed Up," a look at the growing link between sugar consumption and the obesity epidemic, Feb. 2; and "Not My Life," a snapshot of human trafficking and slavery in the 21st century, Feb. 9.

Also, "Fourth World," which takes viewers inside slums on three continents, Feb. 18; and "ReGeneration," a movie exploring the supposed apathy and cynicism of millennials, Feb. 23.

All are free and open to the public. After the kickoff, the other five films will be shown at 7 p.m. in 105 College Hall.

See www.duq.edu/human-rights for more information on speakers, the films and parking.

'SNIPER' Q&A SATURDAY

Steel City Vets and the SouthSide Works Cinema will host a question and answer session and audience discussion after Saturday's 3:55 p.m. showing of "American Sniper" at the theater.

"American Sniper," the true-life story of Chris Kyle starring Bradley Cooper and directed by Clint Eastwood, took in an estimated $105.3 million in North America for the four-day holiday.

It has grossed more than $108.7 million to date and set various records for a January weekend opening (three or four days), the highest single day in January and the best four-day weekend for an R-rated film. The movie arrived in most theaters the day after receiving six Academy Award nominations, including for best picture and Mr. Cooper as best actor.

Tickets to the Q&A screening are $6.75.

Steel City Vets is designed to provide support and guidance to post- 9/11 era veterans in Western Pennsylvania. See steelcityvets.org for more information on the organization. To buy tickets in advance or learn more about the multiplex: www.sswcinema.com.

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