The End Of Suburbia
Dir. Gregory Greene; writ. Greene (NR)
Since its release in 2004, Gregory Greene's first film, The End Of Suburbia, has slowly garnered critical attention. The film delves into the suburban phenomenon, its embodiment of the "American Way of Life," and what the decline of natural resources, especially oil, means for communities that rely heavily on them. Scientists, CEOs, philosophers, and writers contribute to the discussion as the film attempts to find a solution. The screening is sponsored by the Bexar County Green Party.
The End Of Suburbia screens at 2pm, Sunday, April 3, at the First Universalist Unitarian Church of San Antonio, 7150 I-10 W. A discussion will follow. Admission is free.
| Scenes from 900 Women, left, Laleh Kadivi's documentary about female inmates in Louisiana, and Rabbit Proof Fence, an Australian film about girls who escape from a reeducation camp for aboriginal children.
The Esperanza Center and Palo Alto College continue their week-long multicultural film festival through April 2, celebrating the tribulations and triumphs of women, from the personal to the political and all of the territory inbetween. Esperanza Center director Graciela Sanchez, a filmmaker who trained alongside Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez, is the artistic director for the festival whose selections range from heartwarming fare such as 2002's Whale Rider to hardcore documentaries such as Laleh Kadivi's 900 Women, which examines the life of women in the Louisiana Correctional Institute. In addition to these two films, the final screenings of the festival include: Ruthie & Connie: Every Room in the House, the story of two women who left their families to be together; The Man Who Stole My Mother's Face, documenting a daughter's struggle to confront her mother's rapist; the life of actress and activist Beah Richards, Beah: A Black Woman Speaks; The Day I Became a Woman, a trio of Iranian tales; and 2002's acclaimed Rabbit Proof Fence, about three aboriginal girls who escape an assimilation training school to return to their families.
CineMujer films screen every evening at 7pm through Saturday, April 2, at the Esperanza Center, 921 San Pedro. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. For more information, call 228-0201 or visit esperanzacenter.org.