“Ask Not”– Free documentary Screening at NY Public Library

It’s barely one year past the anniversary of Obama’s monumental repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and the subject is still stirring controversy.

On Sunday, January 29th, the New York Public Library will host a screening of the 2008 PBS documentary Ask Not, a compelling film that explores the effects of the US military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gay and lesbian soldiers and service members.

This film exposes the political battles that led to passage of the law, and investigates the societal shifts that have occurred since then. Interviews with current and veteran gay soldiers reveal how “don’t ask, don’t tell” affects them during their tours of duty, and details the struggle they face as they live a double life.

This screening is part of the weekly Sunday afternoon film program held at the Mid-Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library. They will be held at 2 pm on the 6th floor of the branch, located at 40th Street and 5th Avenue.
Other films include:

  • January 8: Vanishing of the Bees, edited by Ellen Page, this documentary examines the mysterious disappearance of entire honeybee populations across the US, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Called Colony Collapse Disorder, the phenomenon has far-reaching effects on the production of hundreds of fruits and vegetables. The film explores the link between human activity and the welfare of the earth. 
  • January 15: Scrabylon, filmed primarily during the World SCRABBLE Championships in Las Vegas, this documentary delves deep into the competitive and colorful world of tournament SCRABBLE. Interviews with players from around the globe address the timeless allure of the popular word game.
  • January 22: Bag It, follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he travels the world, investigating the systematic effects of our use of plastic on our oceans, environment, and bodies. Using the ubiquitous plastic bag as a touchpoint, Berrier hones in on our role in a system which prizes convenience over thoughtfulness, and the effect this has on our oceans, environment, and bodies. This documentary comes at a great time, as Seattle just recently banned plastic bags: READ MORE


Up next month: The Films of Pedro Almodovar!

Almodóvar is arguably the most successful and internationally known Spanish filmmaker of his generation. His films, marked by complex narratives, employ the codes of melodrama and use elements of pop culture, popular songs, irreverent humor,
strong colors and glossy décor. Desire, passion, family and identity are
among Almodóvar’s most prevalent themes. His films enjoy a worldwide
following and he has become a major figure on the stage of world cinema.


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