In the Eye of the Hurricane is an enlightening and thought provoking movie that goes beyond showing the shock of police presence and brutally and takes a look behind the curtain and examines who attended, why, what roles they played, and the challenges they all faced during the 2003 FTA gathering.
This movie starts with the words of a late Elder encouraging all people to come together to create healthy and equitable change. Witness the realities of those at the FTAA gathering in Miami to include Root Cause; Miami Workers Center, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Power U, and many others from around the country and hemisphere.
Noticing some voices were underrepresented in Miami, we traveled to the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona and attend a Global Justice conference in Juarez, Mexico where indigenous, immigrants, people of color, LGBT, and many other voices shared their raw, honest and powerful perspectives.
After viewing the movie, we invite you to reflect, process and dialogue about some or all of the below questions.
1) Given this movie was made in 2003, have many things changed between then and today, with respect to policy, public action, mobilizations, etc...? And if there has been change, in what direction?
2) Are the methods we use today to seek change effective?
3) What voices are most heard not only in this movie, but in media, music, government, school boards, community councils, etc...? What are the differences and level of impact on creating change?
4) Who really makes the decisions in actions, movements, gatherings?
5) What role does "process" play in the larger picture of creating change?
6) What "change" is everyone at the table seeking and how are each of these "changes" included or not?
7) Are we demanding things we personably are not living out in our daily lives? If so or not, how and why?
8) What does real support and solidarity look like?
9) Is solidarity enough?
10) Do those who have historically had the least amount of voice understand and 'get' what is really going on around them? And if so, could we all be listening a little more? And if so, how can we listen and learn?
11) Who are the people or groups impacted by mass mobilizations and how?
12) Who benefits most from mass mobilizations?
13) What are three points made in this movie that impacted you the most?
14) What does this movie miss in telling the story set at the 2003 FTAA in Miami?
15) What was your moments of discomfort during this movie, and are you willing to check-in with yourself to better understand why you felt that way?
16) What are some alternatives to mass mobilizations people could consider doing today when a community is faced with a gathering like the FTAA, G8, etc...?
17) How does poverty, education level, race, gender, orientation, ability, etc... really play out in action, even after we declare a space to be all inclusive, accessible and safe for everyone?
18) How did the build up of a police force, that presented itself more like a military force, impact your sense of safety? And what does this mean for your sense of freedom, liberty, and justice for all?
Thank you very much for taking the time to watch this movie. Please post any additional questions you feel people may want to consider after viewing this.
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