Long Beach Public Library to Host ‘Book to Action’ Free Film Festival

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The community is invited to attend the Book to Action Film Festival, which will run on Saturday afternoons from July 13, 2013 to August 3, 2013 in the Main Library Auditorium. Three thought-provoking movies will be shown. These films tell the stories of those facing homelessness, slavery, lack of education, human trafficking and extreme poverty. They share a common call to arms to prevent and help those who have suffered the most pervasive of human rights violations.

July 13, 2:00 pm
Recently aired on CNN, “Girl Rising” is a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of nine extraordinary girls from nine countries, written by nine celebrated writers and narrated by nine renowned actresses. Girl Rising showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. This film will be followed by a panel discussion. This film is rated PG-13

July 20, 12:30 pm
“Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” is a PBS primetime documentary film inspired by the widely acclaimed book of the same name by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Filmed in ten countries, the series follows Mr. Kristof and others on a journey to tell the stories of inspiring, courageous individuals. Across the globe, oppression is being confronted and meaningful solutions are being fashioned through health care, education and economic empowerment for women and girls. This film is not rated. Due to its length this film will be shown with a short intermission.

August 3, 2:00 pm
“Not My Life” is the first film to comprehensively depict the cruel and dehumanizing practices of human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale, including here in the United States. Filmed on five continents, in a dozen countries, “Not My Life” takes viewers into a world where millions of children are exploited, every day, through an astonishing array of practices. Challenging though it may be, “Not My Life’s” message is ultimately one of hope. Victims of slavery can be set free and go on to live extraordinary lives. Those who advocate for them are growing in numbers and are increasingly effective. This film is not rated.

The Main Library is located at 101 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90822. To learn more about Book to Action or other Long Beach Public Library services and events, please call 562.570.7500 or visit www.lbpl.org.

These Book to Action events are made possible with support from U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, through the California Center for the Book administered by the California State Library.

Long Beach Public Library, founded in 1896, serves a diverse urban city of nearly half a million people. The Long Beach Public Library system includes Main Library, eleven unique Neighborhood Libraries, and a vibrant online presence. With an emphasis on providing free and equal access to information and support for lifelong-learning, the Library offers books, media, downloads, databases, Internet access, Family Learning Centers and a variety of events ranging from story times to cultural programs and movie screenings.

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