Attend a screening of “the public”, a David-versus-Goliath story for our times. The movie tackles some of the nation’s most challenging issues: homelessness, mental illness, addiction, and the militarization of law enforcement, all set inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action—your public library. Each night’s screening will be followed by a Q & A with actor/director Emilio Estevez and author and executive director of the Hesed House, Ryan J. Dowd.
About the film:
An unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati and landed at the front doors of the public library, which serves as a de-facto daytime homeless shelter for the poor and marginalized.
At odds with library staff and officials over how to handle the extreme weather event, the patrons turn the building into an emergency homeless shelter for the night by staging a sit-in. What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand off with police and the news media eager to criminalize the occupiers to boost their ratings.
Written, directed and co-starring Emilio Estevez, “the public” stars Alec Baldwin, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Christian Slater, Gabrielle Union, Taylor Schilling, Michael K. Williams, Che "Rhymefest" Smith and Jacob Vargas. The movie hits theaters April, 2019.
Watch the trailer.
Homelessness is a perennial topic of concern at libraries. In fact, staff at public libraries interact with almost as many homeless individuals as staff at shelters do. Empathy and understanding, along with specific actionable advice that’s drawn from experience, makes all the difference in working with this group. In The Librarian's Guide to Homelessness: An Empathy-Driven Approach to Solving Problems, Preventing Conflict, and Serving Everyone, Ryan J. Dowd, executive director of the homeless shelter Hesed House, spotlights best practices drawn from his own shelter’s policies and training materials.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA
Meeting Type: Other
Cost: Included with full conference registration.