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Modesto Junior College

Film and Lecture

Fall 2014 Series

The Film and Lecture Series is designed to provide students and members of the community with the opportunity to engage in topics of social interest and relevance through the screening of thoughtful movies and by bringing speakers to the campus who have demonstrated knowledge on topics deemed to be of social significance.  Each film will be followed by a discussion with guest speakers or panelists. 

The Gatekeepers - September 11

Former leaders of Shin Bet—an Israeli security agency tasked with gathering intelligence for counter-terrorism operations—are interviewed in this revealing documentary that offers an inside perspective on significant decisions Israel has made in its conflict with the Palestinians.

Inequality for All - September 25

In an effort to raise awareness about the widening income gap in America, former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich directs attention to important questions about economic inequality: why it exists, what effects it can have, and why we should care about it. 

Documented - October 16

Documented follows the life of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, an immigration-reform activist who outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in a 2011 New York Times article. In the film, Vargas shares moving examples from his own life and family history to illustrate his view that our immigration system needs to be changed.

G-Dog - October 23

This film showcases the work of Father Gregory Boyle (aka “G-Dog”), the founder of Homeboy Industries, which has helped to redirect the lives of thousands of gang members in Los Angeles by offering them a second chance and by operating on the premise that “nothing stops a bullet like a job.”

The House I Live In - November 6

In The House I Live In, writer and director Eugene Jarecki contends that racial, political, and economic motives have shaped America’s drug policies and that the War on Drugs is a misguided battle that hurts our communities more than helps them.

The Crash Reel - November 20

The Crash Reel follows U.S. champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce during an unforgettable chapter in his life. A tragic accident occurs, and the film becomes focused on a critical issue in today’s sports: traumatic brain injury.

WHERE: Forum Building Room 110 (located on MJC's East Campus)
COST: FREE - The films are free and open to the public

Questions?  Please contact Jason Wohlstadter, English Professor, at or Elizabeth McInnes, Biology, at 209.575.6299

Members of the film and lecture committee: Jason Wohlstadter (coordinator); Bill Anelli, Judy Cain, Joan Ferrell, Debbie Gilbert, Brian Greene, Ruth Luman, Liz McInnes, Dan Onorato, Mary Swier, Lillian Vallee, Theron Westrope.