Two award-winning films about social causes, Sept. 30 & Oct. 13
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Both films are free and open to the public. "Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India" will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. "Workers' Republic" will be featured at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, in the College's Smith Hall at Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St.
"Lagaan" (rated PG) tells the story of an extraordinary revolution in India during British rule. After Capt. Jack Russell announces his plans to double the Lagaan (tax) in India, the villagers, led by Bhuvan, decide to challenge the British to a game of cricket-a game none of the villagers, including Bhuvan, know how to play. Eager to beat the British at their own game, Indians from around the region come to play. Filled with song, dance and beautiful colors, the nearly four-hour film received awards and nominations across the world, including the nomination for Best Foreign Language film at the 2002 Academy Awards.
The documentary "Workers' Republic" focuses on a modern-day labor victory. Knee-deep in a recession and three weeks before Christmas in 2008, Chicago-based Republic Windows and Doors closed, leaving its employees without a final week of pay or benefits. The workers belonged to a small union and responded with a sit-down strike. Their efforts garnered lots of news coverage and led to a surprising result for the factory and its workers. Compiled by Andrew Friend, the film won the 2010 John Michaels Human Rights Film Award.