Community Cinema Initiative

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In 2013-2014, New Hampshire Public Television and Red River Theatres will present a series of free Community Cinema screenings featuring films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens.  Community Cinema is a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative bringing together leading organizations, community members and public television stations to learn, discuss and get involved in today’s critical social issues. 

Join us for a screening of a film and active post-film panel discussion. 

All Films begin at 6:30 p.m. at Red River Theatres unless otherwise noted.  Admission is FREE, reservations suggested.

Schedule of Films

October 8, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. Red River Theatres, Concord, NH
Pressing issues in education today are explored through the eyes of a diverse array of Latino and Latina adolescents from across the United States in this eye-opening documentary on the challenges facing both the students and their families. The Girls Hour of this two-hour series is part of the Women and Girls Lead campaign.



November 12, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. Red River Theatres, Concord, NH
The divisive battle over illegal immigration in Arizona that came to a head with Senate Bill 1070 frames this tense documentary that tracks multiple perspectives – activists, politicians, Latino immigrants, controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio, ranchers, and others – as America eyes the results.



January 14, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Red River Theatres, Concord, NH
Dating from the aftermath of the Spanish-American War, the annual debutante ball in Laredo, Texas is unlike any other. Las   Marthas follows two Mexican American girls carrying this gilded tradition on their young shoulders during a time of economic uncertainty and political tension over immigration.


February 11, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Red River Theatres, Concord, NH
The Trials of Muhammad Ali covers the famed boxer’s toughest bout of all: his battle to overturn the five-year prison sentence he received for refusing U.S. military service. The film explores Ali’s exile years when he was banned from boxing and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning race, religion, and wartime dissent.


March 11, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Red River Theatres, Concord, NH
Medora, Indiana is a once-booming community beset by a crippled economy and a dwindling population. This documentary follows the town’s down-but-not-out varsity basketball team over a season, capturing the players’ stories on and off the court –  as the team’s struggle to compete parallels the town’s fight for survival.


May 13, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Red River Theatres, Concord, NH
Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, The New Black takes viewers into the pews, the streets,  and kitchen tables as it looks at how the African American community grapples with the divisive gay rights issue. Part of the Women and Girls Lead campaign.


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