Film and Discussion: Souls Without Borders: The Untold Story of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade

Wednesday September 23, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Professor and historian Anthony Geist makes a special appearance to lead a post-film discussion following the screening of his 2006 film Souls Without Borders: The Untold Story of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. This inspiring 52-minute documentary tells the story of a group of 2800 young Americans who helped fight against fascism in the bloody Spanish Civil War (1936-39). The film explores the spirit of commitment that led this group of volunteers — known as the Abraham Lincoln Brigade — to offer their lives for an ideal.

Drawing on in-depth interviews and previously unknown archival footage, Souls Without Borders follows the commitment of 12 Lincoln Brigade veterans from their origins in the Great Depression through Spain and World War II, McCarthyism and the Cold War, to their involvement with struggles for social justice today. This documentary includes extraordinary footage of the war and the seventy‐year history of the Lincoln Brigade, as well as interviews with some of the fifty survivors still living today.

Following the screening, Dr. Anthony Geist, the director of the film and Vice Chair of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives will lead a discussion, including information on volunteers from this area who fought in Spain as well as activism related to the Spanish Civil War at U-M and in the Detroit area. This event is cosponsored by the U-M Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

Film and Discussion: "Let's Have Some Church Detroit Style: The Hallelujah Singers"

Monday September 28, 2015: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

"Let's Have Some Church Detroit Style: The Hallelujah Singers" is a 92 minute documentary from director Andrew Sacks focuses on the Detroit-based choir The Hallelujah Singers, and its charismatic founder/director E. LaQuint Weaver.

Filled with dazzling visuals and glorious gospel music, the film explores the personal lives and aspirations of the gifted men and women of this Detroit community gospel choir, who energize a troubled city with spirited, passionate, and contemporary music.

A discussion will follow the screening, led by the film’s director Andrew Sacks and former WDET music host Rev. Robert Jones, Sr., who narrates and also appears in the film.