By Devin D. O'Leary
War and Peace—The Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice (202 Harvard SE) will present a pair of war-torn documentaries this week. On Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m., the People Before Profit Lecture Series will show Occupation Dreamland. This evenhanded documentary follows the soldiers of the 82nd Airborne deployed in the city of Fallujah during the winter of 2004. Invited speakers will be NM Iraq Veterans for Peace. The Panama Deception, which won the 1992 Academy Award for Best Documentary, will be screened Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. courtesy of Boletin Latino. This film covers the 1989 invasion of Panama by 26,000 American troops and concentrates on the effects to that nation's poor and disenfranchised. Both films are free and open to the public. For more information, log on to www.peacecenter.home.comcast.net.
Ten Years and Still Gay—Local indie film company Crone Productions will be taking over the Guild Cinema for part of this weekend to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the groundbreaking lesbian/gay film It's in the Water. This indie comedy, written and directed by Kelli Herd, tells the story of a conservative Texas town in an uproar over the rumor that a substance in the town's water supply may be “turning” citizens gay. The film will show Saturday and Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. All seats are $5. A portion of the proceeds from these screenings will go to ABQ Pride and to Crone Productions to help fund their documentary film efforts. Crone is currently wrapping up work on Faces, a film exploring same-sex marriage in New Mexico. For more info, log on to www.croneproductions.com.
Cherokee Cinema—Cherokee writer, director and filmmaker Randy Redroad will screen his Award-winning film The Doe Boy on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in the University of New Mexico Anthropology Lecture Hall, Room 163. The film tells the semiautobiographical story of Hunter Kirk, a young, half-Indian hemophiliac searching for his identity in a culture obsessed with blood heritage. The 2001 film won the NHK International Filmmakers Award at Sundance as well as the Best First Time Director Award at the Taos Talking Pictures Festival. Redroad will participate in a Q&A and will also discuss his short film Moccasin Flats, as well as his upcoming film project The Space Between All Things. This event is sponsored by UNM Native American Studies and is free and open to the public.
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