Culling a series of documentary films from the immense number produced each year can be daunting, but Aspen Film’s annual New Views: Documentaries & Dialogue presents engaging, relevant topics in a concise, four-film collection. Starting with tonight’s showing of Blood Brother — a look at one man’s journey to find purpose while helping children living with HIV in India — this year’s series will explore social issues, gender inequality, economic injustice and environmental trauma.
Assorted individuals involved with each film will accompany the screenings and lead post-viewing discussions with the audience. For Anita, which screens on July 29, Anita Hill will speak about what has happened since giving her very powerful testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. “She’s not so much interested in talking about what happened in 1991; she’s more interested in what’s going on in 2013,” says Aspen Film artistic director Laura Thielen.
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New Views begins tonight at 7 p.m. at Paepcke Auditorium, 1000 North Third Street in Aspen. Tickets to each show and discussion are $20; to purchase tickets, visit aspenshowtix.com. For more information and a full schedule of films, visit aspenfilm.org.
Mon., July 15, 7 p.m.; Mondays, 7 p.m. Starts: July 15. Continues through Aug. 12, 2013