Life and Debt

Dir. Stephanie Black (2001) 86 min.

Utilizing excerpts from the award-winning non-fiction text “A Small Place” by Jamaica Kincaid, Life & Debt is a woven tapestry of sequences focusing on the stories of individual Jamaicans whose strategies for survival and parameters of day-to-day existence are determined by the U.S. and other foreign economic agendas. Life and Debt addresses the impact of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and current globalization policies on a developing country such as Jamaica.

Masterclass: John Mullen, Editor.

7:00 pm

H-2 Worker

Dir. Stephanie Black (1990) 70 min.

H-2 Worker is a controversial expose of the travesty of justice that takes place around the shores of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee - a situation which, until the film’s release, has been one of America’s best-kept secrets. There, for six months a year, over 10,000 men from Jamaica and other Caribbean islands perform the brutal task of cutting sugar cane by hand-a job so dangerous and low-paying that Americans refuse to do it.

After the Movie:

Conversation with Director Stephanie Black

8:30 pm

Warrior: The Life of Leonard Peltier

Dir. Suzie Baer (1992) 85 min.

Warrior is the true story of Leonard Peltier, the American Indian leader locked away for life, convicted of the alleged murder of two FBI agents during a bloody shootout on the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975. The film follows Peltier’s life from his childhood, to his membership in the American Indian Movement (AIM), the 1975 shoot-out on Pine Ridge, and his odyssey through the American judicial system.

After the Movie:

Conversation with Director Suzie Baer