| ||organisation: The Film Connection |
product: Human Rights Watch, The Global Fund for Children Film Festival
distribution: worldwide, via Internet
what: The Film Connection is a US nationwide public film library, accessible online throughout the country. Their mission is to promote community, civic engagement and positive social change in the local, national and global community through film and an open exchange of ideas, opinions and perspectives.
The Film Connection organises film groups of friends and family around an internet-based public lending library of films - global and domestic, feature and documentary, classic and contemporary. Becoming a member (and changing the world) is easy: it only requires five steps, they say…
principles: The Film Connection actively seeks out materials that provide a broad diversity of points of view and subject matter. The Film Connection does not provide any material that falls under the categories of obscenity and child pornography, as defined by federal and state laws.
- set up a free Film Connection membership and start a film group.
- check out a film on DVD. Their service is entirely free. They mail directly to your home.
- watch with friends and family (Return film to their library with the envelop they supply).
- talk about it, and take the conversation national.
- promote positive social change
film series: among other initiatives promoted by the organisation, we would like to highlight…
online talks: Conversation Café, a non-profit organisation in Seattle, is pleased to partner with The Film Connection to invite you to host a Cinema Conversation. The simple conversation guide will help you, as a host, shift people from silence or small talk to BIG talk where creativity and new ideas arise.
- The Human Rights Watch Bay Area Film Series, in partnership with Human Rights Watch Northern California. The film series combines public film screenings in the San Francisco Bay Area with film group screenings nationwide. The next to come out are: - Goodbye Hungaria, Jon Nealon, 2004, and Lost Boys of Sudan, Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk, 2004.
- The Global Fund for Children Film Festival features three movies that eloquently and realistically depict the challenges that the vulnerable children we strive to serve and empower face every day. Through these narratives, the imperative compellingly emerges to provide these innocent children with the tools they need to grow into caring, engaged members of our global society: - Salaam Bombay, Mira Nair, India, 1988; - Children Underground, Edet Belzberg, Romania, 2001; - Central Station, Walter Salles, Jr., Brazil, 1998.
Hosting one is simple. It can be as minimal as introducing the process and keeping track of the time. Yet the practice of hosting can be very profound. It is a dynamic, honest, humble process. It contributes to the reweaving of the web of community. And it encourages critical thinking, social engagement and conviviality.
enjoy the movies and, if you wish, post your comments online: it’s a great way to share your opinion, and to contribute to building a more respectful society…