Lights, Camera, Social Action!

Seymour Library is partnering with ARISE for a monthly film and discussion series: Lights, Camera, Social Action! The series will focus on different social issues, with the goal of raising public awareness around disabilities and creating a community dialogue. Each film will be followed by a discussion, including guest panelists for selected films.
* Panel Discussions on these dates


*Tuesday, June 4 at 5:30 pm: Almost Sunrise (run time 1.5 hrs): Two Iraq Veterans Confront their PTSD on a Cross-Country Journey. Available on Kanopy.
Tuesday, July 9 at 5:30 pm: Wretches and Jabberers (run time 1.5 hrs): Two men with autism embark on a global quest to change attitudes about disability and intelligence. Available on Kanopy.
*Tuesday, August 13 at 5:30 pm: Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory (run time 1.25 hrs): Reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short. Available on Kanopy. Tuesday, September 17 at 5:30 pm: Deaf Jam (run time 1.25 hrs.): Two women embark on a collaboration/performance duet creating a new form of slam poetry that speaks to both the hearing and the Deaf. Available on Kanopy.
*Tuesday, October 8 at 5:30 pm: Mimi and Dona: An Aging Mother Cares for Her Disabled Daughter (run time 1 hr.): What happens when love runs out of time? For 92-year-old Mimi, who has spent much of her life caring for 64-year-old Dona, her daughter with an intellectual disability, it means facing the inevitable — the likelihood that she will not outlive her daughter and the need to find her a new home. Available on Kanopy. 
Tuesday, November 12 at 5:30 pm : States of Grace (run time 1.25 hrs.):Winner of multiple audience awards, States of Grace intimately captures the profound transformation of a revered physician and her family in the wake of a life-changing accident. Available on Kanopy.
*Tuesday, December 10 at 5:30 pm: Certain Proof: Students with Disabilities Fight for Inclusion in Public Schools ( run time 1.25 hrs.) Three children living with significant communication and physical disabilities struggling against the public schools in an emotional battle to prove their worth. Available on Kanopy. 
January 2020: Blind Faith: A Story of Blindness, Trust, & Family (run time 1 hr.): Follows the stirring personal journey, both intimate and universal, of a man coming to terms with his disability and struggling with the roles of father, husband, and successful entrepreneur, breaking through the myths of blindness and broadening our understanding of the complex hidden realities facing the blind community. Available on Kanopy.
*February 2020: The Key of G (run time 1.5 hrs):Tells the story of Gannet, a 22-year-old man with severe disabilities, as he prepares to move out of his mother’s home and into a San Francisco apartment with three musicians and artists as primary caregivers. Available on Kanopy.
March 2020: Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy (run time 1.5 hrs): Buoyed by their profound friendship, two women with disabilities defy all odds to live independently in their own house. Available on Kanopy.
*April 2020: Life, Animated: An Autistic Young Man Finds His Voice Through Disney Films (run time 1.5 hrs). Available on Kanopy.
May 2020: E-Motion: Helping People Let Go of Negative Emotions (run time 1.25 hrs): Imagine emotion experts from around the world sharing their wisdom and negative emotion clearing techniques to light a new pathway for humanity. Available on Kanopy.

Kanopy is a video streaming platform for libraries with one of the largest and most unique collections in the world featuring over 26,000 movies, documentaries, and indie and foreign films from over hundreds of producers including The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, Kino Lorber, and PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers.

Residents or property owners in the Seymour Public Library District can watch up to ten films a month with their library card.