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Controversy and Conversation

Controversy & Conversation Film ScreeningOur Controversy & Conversation film series is a partnership between the Humanities Institute of the University of Texas at Austin and the Austin Public Library. On the first Thursday of each month, an award-winning documentary film on a controversial social topic of the day is screened at the Terrazas Branch of the Austin Public Library and is followed by a community discussion of the issue. Directors of the documentaries and community leaders are frequently present to participate in the discussion and answer questions. The Humanities Institute features blog posts related to past and upcoming films and the Austin Public Library hosts interviews on its Controversy & Converesation series of its podcast Volumes. Below is a list of current and past film screenings.

Current Film Screenings

Spring 2017

Damnation (2014), dir. Travis Rummel and Ben Knight

Code Black (2014), dir. Ryan McGarry

How to Change the World (2015), dir. Jerry Rothwell

Starving the Beast (2016), dir. Steve Mims

Southwest of Salem (2016), dir. Deborah Esquenazi

How to Die in Oregon (2011), dir. Peter Richardson

Past Film ScreeningsControversy & Conversation film screening

Fall 2016


Under the Stack

True Cost


Fall 2015

The Homestretch

Triple Divide 

Shadows of Liberty 

No Sanctuary: Big Business and Family Detention 

This Changes Everything


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