Three films will begin showing at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
All BCP&J programs will be held at the
The Unitarian/Universalist Church
175 Wendell Ave. in Pittsfield, Mass.
Thursday, May 25, 2023 — Critical Care: America vs. the World
This film examines the highs and lows of America’s fragmented system of health care and explores how four other countries (England, Switzerland, Australia and Canada) manage to offer health coverage to all citizens more efficiently.
This is a truly inspiring documentary about “Community First! Village” In Austin, Texas.
Thursday, June 28, 2023 — Community First, A Home for the Homeless
With homelessness being a current issue of great importance in the Berkshires, this film is a pivotal example of a meaningful response to the issue.
Thursday, June 22, 2023 — Becoming Helen Keller
This film examines one of the 20th century’s major human rights stories. The documentary rediscovers the complex life and legacy of author and activist Helen Keller (1880-1968), who was deaf and blind since early childhood, exploring how she used her celebrity and wit to advocate for social justice, particularly for women, workers, people with disabilities and people living in poverty. It tells Keller’s story through rarely seen photographs, archival film clips and interviews with historians, scholars and disability rights advocates.
Keller first came into public view at a young age, soon after her teacher, Anne Sullivan, taught her to communicate. As she progressed through her education, graduating from Radcliffe College, Keller steadily gained international attention. Though she lived until age 87, became an accomplished writer and activist, Keller continues to be immortalized as a child, such as in the U.S. Capitol with the statue of her at a water pump. She recounted this moment from her youth in her first autobiography, “The Story of My Life”, later made famous by the book’s stage and screen adaptation, “The Miracle Worker.”
This documentary delves beyond the mythologized disability icon to present a critical look at her rich, decades-long career and some of its controversies, including her support of socialism and her changing positions on eugenics. The film reveals little-known details of Keller’s personal life and examines her public persona and advocacy, including the progressive reforms she helped achieve, speaking out for civil rights at great personal cost.