Power of Protest Film Series

Opened to the public in June of this year, Power of Protest: Effecting Social Change, a new history exhibit at the Cayuga Museum of History and Art, addresses the history of protest through the lens of both national and local level movements. An accompanying film series, Change Makers Around the World, will expand that focus to take a look at international protests as well, inviting visitors to consider protest as a fundamental human experience.

Change Makers Around the World will be presented in four, monthly documentaries from September to December. Each session will be hosted in our Carriage House Theater from 6:30-8:30PM on the THIRD MONDAY of each month, and will include a brief, moderated discussion following the film.

Admission for each session is FREE, though donations to the museum are welcomed.

September 16: Ai WeiWei Never Sorry
Released 2012, Directed by Alison Klayman

Description: “Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention.”



Dr. Phillip Guingona, Assistant Professor of History at Wells College, will moderate: inviting audiences to consider the context of the film in reference to other prominent public protests in China, including the recent movement in Hong Kong.




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October 21: Freedom Riders
Released 2010, Directed by Stanley Nelson, Jr.

Description:Freedom Riders is the powerful harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws in order to test and challenge a segregated interstate travel system, the Freedom Riders met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism.”


Ron VanNostrand, an experienced Auburn community organizer, will moderate the discussion: inviting audiences to consider the impact of civil disobedience in the face of unjust systems, and its impact across the United States’ history.



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November 18: The Wall: A World Divided
Released 2010, Directed by Eric Stange

Description:The Wall: A World Divided looks deep inside the revolution that swept across Europe two decades ago — with the November 1989 opening of the Berlin Wall — to understand how this remarkable event helped end the Cold War without a shot being fired.”



Tula Goenka, Professor of Television, Radio, and Film at Syracuse University and Co-Director of the Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival, will moderate: discussing the role that protest and public demonstration played in ending the Cold War and how this impacts our modern world exactly 30 years later.




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December 16: Last Men in Aleppo
Released 2017, Directed by Ferras Fayyad

Description: “After five years of war in Syria, the remaining citizens of Aleppo are getting ready for a siege. Through the eyes of volunteer rescue workers called the White Helmets, Last Men in Aleppo allows viewers to experience the daily life, death, and struggle in the streets, where they are fighting for sanity in a city where war has become the norm.”



Brett Bossard, Executive Director of Cinemapolis in Ithaca, will moderate the discussion: asking audiences about the ways that the very act of survival, defiance in the face of almost assured death and destruction, is a protest in and of itself.




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Change Makers Around the World is sponsored by the Fred M. Everett and Ora H. Everett Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee

Support provided by the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature