Meaningful Movies Project

Meaningful Movies: Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice

The Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield will host a meeting of “Meaningful Movies,” a film and discussion group on Wednesday, Oct. 25. The group—which is patterned after a similar, long-running meet-up in Seattle—focuses on social justice documentaries while providing an open forum for community discussions. The group’s purpose is to gather, educate, advocate, build a meaningful and sustainable community, defend justice and work for peace. The Meaningful Movies Project is an all-volunteer, community-owned organization, with no religious or political affiliations.

The next documentary to be shown at the Old Liberty is “Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice” which tells the story of Minoru (Min) Yasui, son of Japanese immigrant parents, born in 1916 and raised in the farming community of Hood River, Oregon. He was the first Japanese American attorney in Oregon. During World War II, he initiated the first legal test challenging the forced removal from the West Coast and subsequent incarceration of over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry in U.S. concentration camps. The film documents his and his family’s experiences during the war and his nine months in solitary confinement awaiting his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Holly Yasui, filmmaker and daughter of Minoru Yasui, will be at the Old Liberty in person for the post film discussion.

Admission is free—and although donations are appreciated, no one will be turned away for lack of a donation. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and previews start at 7:20 p.m. Beer, wine, smoothies, coffee, tea, ice cream, and snacks are available for purchase from Seasons Café in the lobby. A discussion will immediately follow the film. The Liberty Theater is located at 115 N. Main Ave. in downtown Ridgefield. For more information, call 360-887-7260 or visit the group’s Facebook page at http://fb.me/meaningfulmoviesridgefield. You can also send an email to mdonavan@gmail.com.

Meaningful Movies: Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice

The Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield will host a meeting of “Meaningful Movies,” a film and discussion group on Wednesday, Oct. 25. The group—which is patterned after a similar, long-running meet-up in Seattle—focuses on social justice documentaries while providing an open forum for community discussions. The group’s purpose is to gather, educate, advocate, build a meaningful and sustainable community, defend justice and work for peace. The Meaningful Movies Project is an all-volunteer, community-owned organization, with no religious or political affiliations.

The next documentary to be shown at the Old Liberty is “Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice” which tells the story of Minoru (Min) Yasui, son of Japanese immigrant parents, born in 1916 and raised in the farming community of Hood River, Oregon. He was the first Japanese American attorney in Oregon. During World War II, he initiated the first legal test challenging the forced removal from the West Coast and subsequent incarceration of over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry in U.S. concentration camps. The film documents his and his family’s experiences during the war and his nine months in solitary confinement awaiting his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Holly Yasui, filmmaker and daughter of Minoru Yasui, will be at the Old Liberty in person for the post film discussion.

Admission is free—and although donations are appreciated, no one will be turned away for lack of a donation. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and previews start at 7:20 p.m. Beer, wine, smoothies, coffee, tea, ice cream, and snacks are available for purchase from Seasons Café in the lobby. A discussion will immediately follow the film. The Liberty Theater is located at 115 N. Main Ave. in downtown Ridgefield. For more information, call 360-887-7260 or visit the group’s Facebook page at http://fb.me/meaningfulmoviesridgefield. You can also send an email to mdonavan@gmail.com. In the meantime, you can see a trailer for the film below:

Never Give Up! – Trailer from Minoru Yasui Film on Vimeo.

Meaningful Movies Project: Command and Control

The Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield will host a meeting of “Meaningful Movies,” a film and discussion group on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Admission is free—and although donations are appreciated, no one will be turned away for lack of a donation.

The group—which is patterned after a similar, long-running meet-up in Seattle—focuses on social justice documentaries while providing an open forum for community discussions. The group’s purpose is to gather, educate, advocate, build a meaningful and sustainable community, defend justice and work for peace. The Meaningful Movies Project is an all-volunteer, community-owned organization, with no religious or political affiliations.

The next documentary to be shown at the Old Liberty is “Command and Control,” from the director of the groundbreaking film Food, Inc. “Command and Control” tells the long-hidden story of a deadly accident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas in 1980. Based on the critically-acclaimed book by Eric Schlosser, this chilling documentary exposes the terrifying truth about the management of America’s nuclear arsenal and shows what can happen when the weapons built to protect us threaten to destroy us. Filmed in a decommissioned Titan II missile silo in Arizona, the documentary features the minute-by-minute accounts of Air Force personnel, weapon designers, and first responders who were on the scene that night. Command and Control reveals the unlikely chain of events that caused the accident and the feverish efforts to prevent the explosion of a ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead ever built by the United States—a warhead 600 times more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and previews start at 7:20 p.m. Beer, wine, smoothies, coffee, tea, ice cream, and snacks are available for purchase. A discussion will immediately follow the film. The Liberty Theater is located at 115 N Main Ave. in downtown Ridgefield. For more information, call 360-887-7260 or visit the groups Facebook page at http://fb.me/meaningfulmoviesridgefield. You can also send an email to mdonavan@gmail.com.

Meaningful Movies at Cascade Library: American Winter

Meaningful Movies is a film and discussion group that meets on the second Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. at Cascade Park Community Library, located at 300 N.E. 136th Ave., right next door to the Firstenburg Community Center. The group is open to anyone and self-funded by small donations from the group members (although no one is turned away for lack of a donation).

The group—which is patterned after a similar, long-running meet-up in Seattle—focuses on social justice documentaries while providing an open forum for community discussions, which occur on the following Thursday at the same time. In September, the film will be shown on Thursday, Sept. 14, with a community discussion at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for both groups, and they wrap up by 8 p.m., when the library closes.

The next film to be shown at Cascade Park is “American Winter.” It’s now nearly nine years since the beginning of the last recession, and millions of families are still struggling to maintain themselves. Formerly middle class families are finding themselves only a pay check or two away from financial disaster, while the social safety net has been cut dramatically or eliminated altogether. The filmmakers worked with the staff and callers to 211, a local hotline which provides emergency information for families in financial crisis in Portland. The film follows several callers and tells their poignant stories as their families deal with dwindling resources and the specter of heat shut-offs, food insecurity, health issues and medical expenses. To learn more, visit www.americanwinterfilm.com.

The Liberty Theater in Ridgefield also hosts a Meaningful Movies group, which is meeting on Sept. 27 to watch “Command and Control.”