Monday, September 21, 2009

Hard-Hitting Movies This Week in Avl

Tonight at the newly renovated Carolina Cinemas on Hendersonville Road is the global premiere of The Age of Stupid, an activist drama-documentary-animation hybrid that premiered in the U.K. already, but shows all over the world, one night only, tonight.

The Asheville showing is one of only four in N.C.

Director Franny Armstrong also directed McLibel, and Academy-Award nominated actor Pete Postlethwaite stars as the last person alive in 2055, watching archived footage from our time and asking why we didn't we stop climate change when we had the chance.

The Age of Stupid
7:30 p.m.
Carolina Cinemas
1640 Hendersonville Rd., Asheville
Wikipedia link
Guardian U.K. review


Superstar actress and Ashevillean Andie MacDowell presents The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Fine Arts. MacDowell makes introductory and post-screening comments on all dates.

This Emmy-nominated documentary explores the mass rapes of women and girls by soldiers using sexual violence to dominate income from the mining of Congolese conflict ore. This ore is sold to make electronics like cell phones and laptops.

The film shows at The Fine Arts Theatre on
Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m.

A reception sponsored by Our Voice for ticket holders is next door at Blue Spiral after the September 24 showing.

Speakers include John Prendergast, co-founder of the Enough Project and Mayor Terry Bellamy, both on September 24th. Barb Anderson, Executive Director of Our Voice Asheville, speaks on all dates.

Proceeds benefit Our Voice, Inc., a local organization offering assistance to area victims of rape.

[I've seen this movie and I think of it as required viewing for the human race. Consumers need to be educated about conflict products and the horrors going on in the Congo need to be stopped at their economic source. While this movie contains only one disturbing image, the women's stories alone are utterly and completely horrifying. You have been warned. See it anyway.]

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