"The Public" Movie Screening

September 18, 2019 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
Iowa City Public Library
123 South Linn St.
Iowa City, IA 52240

In "The Public" an unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati and the front doors of the public library where the action of the film takes place. At odds with library officials over how to handle the extreme weather event, some homeless patrons turn the building into a shelter for the night by staging an "Occupy" sit in. What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand-off with police and a rush-to-judgment media constantly speculating about what's really happening. This David versus Goliath story tackles some of our nation's most challenging issues, homelessness and mental illness and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: your public library. Directed by Emilio Estevez 122 min. This event is part of the Iowa City Public Library's Annual Intellectual Freedom Festival.

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