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Rory Kennedy Screens Documentary Film, The Fence
The Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture (EMC) at Pepperdine will host Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Rory Kennedy for a Q&A and screening of her recent film, The Fence (La Barda), on Sunday, Nov. 4. The event will take place at 5 p.m. in Elkins Auditorium. A reception at 4 p.m. will precede the event, which celebrates the Malibu Community Labor Exchange’s 20th anniversary.
The Fence is a comedic take on the building of the fence along the U.S./Mexico border, and asks the question: after three years, 19 construction companies, 350 engineers, and $3 billion, was it all worth it? Sitting on the post-screening panel with Kennedy will be Oscar Mandragon, director of the Malibu Labor Exchange, and Judge Bruce Einhorn, adjunct professor of law and director the Asylum Clinic.
"Rory Kennedy makes such smart, fresh films rooted in justice for all," says EMC director Craig Detweiler. "We're honored to highlight the valuable work of the Malibu Labor Exchange with her timely and comedic documentary, The Fence."
Kennedy is the youngest of 11 children born to Robert and Ethel Kennedy. Throughout her career as a filmmaker, she has developed and directed a number of films highlighting social justice causes. Her works include American Hollow (1999), about a struggling Appalachian family; Pandemic: Facing AIDS (2003); Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (2007); Homestead Strike, as part of the History Channel's series, 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America (2006); and the Academy Award-nominated Street Fight (2005), about unsuccessful mayoral campaign of Cory Booker against 18-year incumbent Mayor Sharpe James in Newark, New Jersey, in 2002.
Her most recent project, Ethel, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and on HBO this year, telling her mother's life story through home videos, interviews, and family photos.
For more information, contact Craig Detweiler at (310) 506-6314 or visit the EMC website.