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Hapeville Announces 3rd Annual Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

Filmmakers on the Southern Circuit come from all over the United States and embark on tours of up to two weeks throughout the South. As a screening partner, the City of Hapeville hosts a reception and screening of films at the Historic Christ Church & Carriage House, 680 S. Central Ave., Hapeville, GA 30354. Receptions start at 6pm; screenings begin at 7pm. All screenings are free and open to the public - click the image below for additional information.

September 8 – Big Sonia (Directed by Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday)

For years, Sonia Warshawski (90) has been an inspirational public speaker at schools and prisons, where her stories of surviving the Holocaust as a teenager have inspired countless people who once felt their own traumas would leave them broken forever. But when Sonia is served an eviction notice for her iconic tailor shop (in a dead mall), she's confronted with an agonizing decision: either open up a new shop, or retire. For a woman who admits she stays busy to keep the dark parts away, facing retirement dredges up fears she’d long forgot she had, and her horrific past resurfaces. BIG SONIA explores what it means to be a survivor and how this affects families and generations. Will you let your trauma define you? Or will your past make you stronger?

October 18 – Dalya’s Other Country (Directed by Julia Meltzer)

Dalya's Other Country is the nuanced story of a family displaced by the Syrian conflict who are remaking themselves after the parents separate. Effervescent teen Dalya goes to Catholic high school and her mother, Rudayna, enrolls in college as both walk the line between their Muslim values and the new world in which they find themselves. Their story offers a lens into how a traditional Sunni woman and young girl try to hold onto their customs and traditions within the US, which they sometimes perceived as an unwelcoming place.

November 17 – Do Not Resist (Directed by Craig Atkinson)

This urgent documentary explores the militarization of local police departments—in their tactics, training, and acquisition of equipment—since 9/11. With unprecedented access to police conventions, equipment expos, and officers themselves, filmmaker Craig Atkinson, the son of a SWAT team member, presents an eye-popping nonpartisan look at the changing face of law enforcement in America.

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