Join us in discussing this timely film directed by and starring Emilio Estevez. In The Public an unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati and the front doors of the public library. The story revolves around the library patrons, many of whom are homeless, mentally ill and marginalized, as well as an exhausted and overwhelmed staff of librarians who often build emotional connections and a sense of obligation to care for those regular patrons. At odds with library officials over how to handle the extreme weather, the patrons turn the building into a homeless shelter for the night by staging an "Occupy" sit in. What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand off with police and a rush-to-judgment media constantly speculating about what's really happening. This David versus Goliath story tackles some of our nation's most challenging issues, homelessness and mental illness and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: your public library.
We will be discussing the movie's key themes of poverty, homelessness,
mental illness and how the public library plays in addressing these
Recommended for adults and teens, ages 13 & up. Registration requested.
Registration for all winter programs begins Nov. 20.
If you have not seen the movie, we will be showing the movie just prior to the discussion- showing starts at noon.
Participants are encouraged, if able, to bring an item to be donated to We Rise Above the Streets Recovery Outreach,
a local non profit organization that provides help for the homeless,
underrepresented and any one in need of food, clothing and/or basic
hygiene items. Click here to see a list of items needed.