"Chicago 10" showcase mulls over controversy

Area residents and filmmakers are gathering at 2 p.m. Saturday for a viewing of "Chicago 10," a movie about the trial of activists accused of inciting a riot during the Democratic presidential convention of 1968, and a discussion will follow.

"Chicago 10" filmmaker Brett Morgen used archival footage, animation and music to look back at the tumultuous period in the city's history. The movie's showing marks the 40th anniversary of the convention.

The panel includes filmmakers Kevin Gosztola and Judy Hoffman, and author and film producer Sam Greenlee. 

 The showcase is sponsored by The Public Square, Independent Television Service (ITVS), AREA Chicago, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and WTTW-Ch. 11.

Naomi Walker, Regional Outreach Coordinator for ITVS, says that the panel discussion will focuses who gets to write history and how that influences what is recorded. Speakers will also examine the ideas and definitions of democracy, she says.

Additionally, Chicago 10 is part of roster of films in the ITVS Community Cinema program centered on films dealing with the subject of democracy (www.pbs.org/independentlens).

“ITVS wants to highlight issues of democracy all over the world,” Walker says.

Films like Chicago 10 serve to ignite discussion about citizenship, activism and what it means to truly participate in a democracy, organizers of the event say. Alice Kim, director of the Public Square and one of the partners working with ITVS, says the discussion also centers on the importance of engaging the public in the search and definition of democracy. 

“The best way to approach conversation is with the possibility of being changed by what you hear or speaking and being heard," Kim says.

Seating is limited for the screening at the center at 78 E. Washington St. The public is urged to R.S.V.P. by 3 p.m. tomorrow by emailing events@prairie.org or calling 312-422-5580.