LCCC Documentary Series

Press Release

Posted: October 15, 2013


Lorain County Community College is launching a series of five highly- engaging documentary films that will tie classroom concepts to contemporary problems.  The films will be shown, free of charge, in the Stocker Arts Center Cinema Hall during the fall semester. 

The series is made possible by a grant from the LCCC Foundation.

“We know that movies are more than just entertainment.  Films have the power to deepen our understanding of real-world events,” said Lucy Malakar, an instructor in the LCCC Business division.  It was Malakar’s idea to show these films to connect  students to real life events.

The series kicks off at noon and 7 p.m., on Wednesday, October 16 with a trio of documentaries from Local Foods Cinema:   “PolyCultures” at 12 p.m. (noon), “Network Theory” and  “For the Love of Food” will be shown consecutively starting at 7 p.m.  The movies’ director will be on site for question and answers following the movies.

“Together, the films weave a mosaic of challenges, ideas, and practices coming from those on the ground working to grow local food economies in northeast and southeast Ohio:  from Cleveland and Oberlin to Athens and beyond,” Malakar said. “This film is one of several campus activities leading up to National Campus Sustainability Day on Wednesday, October 23.”

The movie  “HEIST: Who Stole the American Dream (And How We Can Get It Back)” will be shown at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7.  This movie traces the worldwide economic collapse to a 1971 secret memo entitled Attack on American Free Enterprise System.    HEIST’s step-by-step detail exposes the systemic implementation of this memo by BOTH U.S. political parties culminating in the deregulation of industry, outsourcing of jobs and regressive taxation.   HEIST provides viewers with a clear, concise and fact- based explanation of how we got into this mess, and what we need to do to restore our representative democracy.” 

Following the viewing, audience members will have the opportunity to directly interact with the film’s director via SKYPE and participate in a larger panel discussion.

On November 11 – Veteran’s Day – the movie “The Invisible War” will be shown at 7 p.m. This is “a  groundbreaking investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape within the U.S. Armed Forces” –

Additional upcoming films are being scheduled and dates will be announced. Some of them will include:

“The Happy Movie.”  This movie takes us from the bayous of Louisiana to the deserts of Namibia, from the beaches of Brazil to the villages of Okinawa as it explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion.

“Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.”  This movie introduces us to women and girls who are living under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable – and fighting bravely to change them.  The book and documentary have launched an international movement to improve the lives of women around the world.

“These far-reaching films will connect LCCC students, faculty, and staff from across campus with interested members from across our Lorain County community,” Malakar said.

For more information contact Lucy Malakar at (440) 366-7411 or visit


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