September 17, 2010 is Constitution Day. Celebrate with two new installments of The Constitution Project.
Educational documentary A Call to Act tells the remarkable story of Lilly Ledbetter, a grandmother from Alabama whose fight for equal pay for women brought her all the way to the White House.
The Bill of Rights combines a video game and film to recount how, just a few years after drafting the Constitution, the Founding Fathers came together again to ensure that many of Americans’ most basic rights are protected.
In January of 2009, a legend of American law, Sandra Day O’Connor, sat down with a legend of American jazz, Wynton Marsalis. That conversation has become the foundation for Let Freedom Swing!, a new project for schools to be launched this fall. A collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center and Columbia Teacher’s College, with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, Let Freedom Swing! uses video, print and web resources to explore the relationship between jazz and democracy in America. This seemingly unusual pairing of ideas can lead students to deep insights about their nation’s history and their role in society.
About the Films
America’s democracy and America’s first original art form have a lot in common. Both call on participants to engage with each other and to work together towards a common purpose. Both encourage participants to express themselves but at the same time require them listen to what each has to say. Both allow participants to reinvent the work of the past, to reinterpret it in the present and in the future. And both ask participants always to strive for “a more perfect union.”
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Yick Wo and the Equal Protection Clause was accepted to this year’s United Nations Association Film Festival. The festival is hosted by Stanford University and the United Nations Associated, which is a non-profit that advocates for US participation in the UN. The theme this year is “Population. Migration. Globalization.”
Yick Wo and the Equal Protection Clause will screen Sunday, October 10, 2010 at the DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival.
The program will be held at Goethe in Washington, DC.
More details to follow.
Yick Wo and the Equal Protection Clause has been accepted to the 2010 Show-Me Social Justice Film Festival. The festival runs September 10-12 in Warrensburg, Missouri.
Specific screening times and dates to follow.
Yick Wo and the Equal Protection Clause recently received the 2010 CINE Masters Series Award. This is the highest recognition CINE offers, building on the Golden Eagle and Special Jury Awards Yick Wo had already received. The film was selected from among nearly four thousand other entries in the Non-Telecast Non-Fiction division.
Yick Wo has previously won a Platinum Hermes Creative Award, a Silver Hugo Award, and two Telly Awards.
A Call to Act, the story of Lilly Ledbetter’s fight for equal pay for women, and Jury Selection: Edmonson v. Leesville Concrete Company, about racial bias in jury selection, have recently been completed and will be released this fall. They both feature interviews with the people closest to the cases, and are the first Constitution Project films shot in HD.