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  • Community Cinema Chicago: Superhero Expo

    Last Saturday at the historic Chicago Cultural Center, all kinds of comics fans fought through crowds of St. Patrick’s Day (aka Green Mardi Gras) revelers for the screening of Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines and participated in the explosive (Wham! Pow! Krrrraaaash!) SUPERHERO EXPO.

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  • Audiences React to Community Cinema

    We wanted to take a moment and acknowledge our dedicated and supportive audience members, who attend our monthly screenings of Community Cinema across the country. Earlier this fall, we reached out and surveyed our fans and asked, “What do you love about Community Cinema?” We received an overwhelming number of positive responses. We are so inspired by our audiences across the nation and wanted to share a few of our favorite comments.

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  • Half the Sky Inspires in Chicago

    On Saturday, September 15th at the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Community Cinema, WTTW Channel 11 and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and others presented a special preview screening of Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide followed by a discussion lead by Agents of Change Expo.Over 300 people came to witness, participate, take action and commit themselves to become agents of change on issues facing women and children everywhere.

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  • Youth Discussion on Black History Month

    The Chicago Community Cinema screening of More Than A Month at the Chicago Cultural Center was presented by WTTW Channel 11 and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). The event was a collaboration between two youth leadership development programs: Chicago Freedom School (CFS), founded partly to celebrate the original Freedom Schools in Mississippi and the KI Eco Center.

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  • Chicago Women Honored For Interrupting Youth Violence

    Saturday’s screening of The Interrupters at the Chicago Cultural Center was packed to the gills with 300 people in attendance. The event honored 6 great Chicago women who work as mentors to young people facing violence and hardships in their neighborhoods, helping them to navigate the difficult terrain of the transition to adulthood.

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