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Each week, KFAI’s Cinema Shanty considers a current film that will screen in the Twin Cities. Join Peter Schilling and Kathie Smith as they discuss the most engaging and provocative cinema being produced today.

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Each week, KFAI’s Cinema Shanty considers a current film that will screen in the Twin Cities. Join Peter Schilling and Kathie Smith as they discuss the most engaging and provocative cinema being produced today.
This week, Kathie and guest host John Moret talk about Tim’s Vermeer, a documentary about the techniques that may have been used by the Dutch master painter Johannes Vermeer to make his work appear so realistic.

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Each week, KFAI’s Cinema Shanty considers a current film that will screen in the Twin Cities. Join Peter Schilling and Kathie Smith as they discuss the most engaging and provocative cinema being produced today.

This week, Kathie and guest host John Moret talk about their favorite films of 2013.

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This week MinneCulture presents an audio documentary by producers Andy Driscoll and Tom O’Connell about Circle of the Witch. COTW was a nonprofit theater company that formed in 1973. For five years it functioned as a political performance group, exploring the relationship between theater and feminism. Tune in from 7:30-8pm on Mon, Aug 26, and Wed, Aug 28. To read more about COTW, visit the Minnesota Historical Society.

Tonight at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis, the Eden Prairie based Real Estate company Re/Max, along with Bell Mortgage, are sponsoring a City and Neighborhood Film Festival.
This annual festival is in its fourth year and is the result of a competition among visual artists to create short films about a neighborhood where they live or come from. Entries were submitted during the month of October and fifteen finalists were chosen.
There’s a six thousand dollar prize for the winner.
Ed Dillon is the film festival coordinator for Re/Max, and Kao Choua Vue is one of the filmmakers who worked with young people to get a couple of projects into the competition.

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In a big city like Minneapolis where different cultural groups can be isolated in specific neighborhoods, it takes extra effort to break down the boundaries that separate people.
A nonprofit group called City Stay is doing exactly that.
The organization offers workshops and seminars and a summer program to help people learn about one another. Participants from age 14 and up can join one or two week programs designed to de-mystify how others live.
Julie Knopp is the executive director of City Stay. She talked with KFAI’s Yvette Howie, who asked why the idea of City Stay is important.

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There are a lot of great programs that give young people the chance to gain new experiences by traveling overseas.  But you don’t have to go far to find out what it’s like to live in different cultural surroundings.   There are many families living right here in Minnesota who come from backgrounds that are unfamiliar to those in the majority in the Twin Cities.

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On September 21st, New York City will host a “People’s Climate March” – a major demonstration of support for action on a global scale to respond to climate change.

The event will coincide with a U.N. sponsored meeting of world leaders to talk about climate policy.  Organizers hope it will be the largest climate march – ever.

Local groups working on this event are the Minnesota chapter of 350 dot org and Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light.

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The Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women has released its report on Domestic Violence Homicides for 2013 – the organization calls this the annual “Femicide Report”. The organization has been compiling these numbers for 25 years. Liz Richards is the Executive Director of the Coalition. She talked with KFAI’s Ron Thums, who asked how the numbers have changed.

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From a society disrupter to a violence interrupter, Mr. Coby Williams has transformed his life. Once part of the problem he is now a part of the solution to end gun violence in Chicago. He talked with KFAI’s Yvette Howie.

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