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New G-20 Documentary to Screen

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Local filmmaker John Detwiler is set to premiere Pittsburgh Welcomes ..., a new take on the 2009 meeting of world leaders here that generated street protests, mass arrests and widespread curtailment of civil liberties.

You remember those wacky three days in September: What other event could have brought us both zero action on climate change (or any other important issue) and the ghost-town lock-down of half the Golden Triangle, with more out-of-town cops than you'll ever see again?

Fun times. We even got to experience that nifty "sonic cannon" police deployed -- from atop an armored vehicle on Bloomfield's Liberty Avenue, no less.

But remember, it was great publicity for Pittsburgh!

The screening is 6:30 p.m. Mon., Feb. 14, at Point Park's GRW Theater, located inside 414 Wood St., Downtown. The event is sponsored by the school's Cinema and Digital Arts program and the School of Communication Graduate Program.

The hour-long film comes recommended by veteran filmmaker and Point Park instructor John Rice.

When better than Valentine's Day, after all, to relive all those great G-20 memories?

Just learned of another screening, too. The Thomas Merton Center sponsors that one, at 7:30 p.m. Tue., Feb. 22, in the William Pitt Union (lower lounge), on Pitt's campus, in Oakland (www.thomasmertoncenter.org).

The Merton Center calls Pittsburgh Welcomes "[a] compelling, informative documentary set in our city about economic justice, global development, human rights, social protest, political power, and more."

The screening will be followed by a discussion with G-20 protest organizers and participants featured in the film, including Pete Shell (Thomas Merton Center Anti-War Committee) and Alan Hart (United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America), and Pitt students -- a bunch of whom were also arrested, many apparently just for being nearby during one of the Oakland protests.

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