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‘Rustin’ & ‘Stamped From the Beginning’ next up in Movies That Matter Festival

Movies That Matter continue at 2 p.m. every Sunday and Thursday throughout March at the Cine+Lago Theater in Plaza Bugambilias in Ajijic.

“Rustin,” on Sunday, March 10, is a mesmerizing dramatization of the energy and convictions of activist Bayard Rustin, who faced racism and homophobia while organizing the 1963 momentous Civil Rights March on Washington D.C. It stars Oscar-nominee Colman Domingo who shines as this extraordinary man who dared with the giants of Civil Rights to inspire a nationwide freedom movement.

The next film on Thursday, March 14, is based on the New York Times bestseller “Stamped From The Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America,” by the award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi. It shows that racist ideas didn’t just originate from ignorance and hatred, but were also created to justify discriminatory policies and practices. In shedding light on this history, this exposé offers us tools to better understand and combat the rise of worsening racist thinking in the United States.

“The American Dream & Other Fairy Tales” will be shown on Sunday, March 17. It was produced by Abigail Disney as an insider’s view of American capitalism and the Disney corporation’s income disparities. “To End all War: Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb” will follow on Thursday, March 21. This is a “must-see” documentary before or after the epic “Oppenheimer” to gain insight into the entire international scientific team effort to design and build the nuclear weapons that changed warfare forever.

The series is hosted by the Democrats Abroad Lake Chapala Chapter. Individual tickets for US$8.75 can be purchased at the door or online at democratsabroad.org/312781/film_festival_2024. Ask about the Season Pass and memory stick specials. A Scallion’s 10-percent food discount is available each movie day for Season Pass holders. Proceeds will support non-partisan Voter Assistance at Lakeside.

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