NORWAY – The Forum Film Series will host two upcoming film showings at the Norway Memorial Library on Main Street.

“Invisible” will be shown at 7 p.m. on Tuesday Jan. 4. For many Maine citizens, the Native American people of the state are invisible. Maine Filmmakers Gunnar Hansen, David Westphal and James Eric Francis have recently made a film that examines relations between the Indian and white communities of Maine.

Prominently featured in the film are the voices of Native Americans themselves telling their own stories of daily life here in Maine. The film looks at the history of racism directed at Native Americans, and its present day manifestations.

It examines the origins of racial discrimination both in Maine and in our larger society.

“Unconstitutional: The War On Our Civil Liberties” will be shown at 7 p.m. on Tuesday Feb. 1. “Unconstitutional” shows us how the USA Patriot Act violates numerous civil liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

This film presents evidence of how the USA Patriot Act – passed with virtually no congressional debate just 45 days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 – has been used to justify many unconstitutional measures. They include: the arrests of innocent immigrants based on stereotyping, the illegal detention and improper treatment of vaguely defined “suspects,” the abuse of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, travel prohibitions based on racial profiling and excesses by local police.

The film, sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union, contains bipartisan testimony by lawyers, politicians and victims of Patriot Act abuse.

For more information call 743-2183.


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