Category Archives: Projections

*RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE 29* // Film Screening: Requiem for the American Dream

Followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Kelly Nyks.

REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM is the definitive discourse with Noam Chomsky, widely regarded as the most important intellectual alive, on the defining characteristic of our time—the deliberate concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few.

Through interviews filmed over four years, Chomsky unpacks the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality—tracing a half-century of policies designed to favor the most wealthy at the expense of the majority—while also looking back on his own life of activism and political participation.

Profoundly personal and thought provoking, Chomsky provides penetrating insight into what may well be the lasting legacy of our time—the death of the middle class, and swan song of functioning democracy. A potent reminder that power ultimately rests in the hands of the governed, REQUIEM is required viewing for all who maintain hope in a shared stake in the future.

The accompanying book, Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth and Power by Noam Chomsky—containing additional interviews and 3x the material in the film—will be sold at a discount on the day of the event.

Film Screening: Requiem for the American Dream
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York NY 10032

February 24 – Film Screening: 13th


The United States leads the world in incarceration. And the fuel that feeds the statistic is the mythology of black criminality. In this thought-provoking documentary, directed by Ava DuVernay, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.
Film Screening: 13th
Friday, February 24, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032

June 19 – Pink Sari Gang Documentary

Gulabi gang

If women activists are to be successful, it will be from understanding and utilizing the strategies of other successful resistance movements, led by women, both throughout history and in present time. This success must become the lifeblood of our own movements.

The Pink Sari Gang of India, is one such movement. Otherwise known as the Gulabi Gang, this grassroots, 10,000 women-strong, women-led movement in India has developed in response to widespread domestic abuse and other violence against women. These modern day women warriors, wear pink saris, symbolizing strength and arm themselves with bamboo sticks, for weapons. Their fight for social justice on behalf of oppressed and abused women, uses and teaches physical self-defense and empowers women with community outreach efforts in rural India.

Join us for a screening of the documentary revealing their resistance tactics. After the screening we will discuss what we can learn from our sister-warriors in pink saris and how to apply this to sexual violence prevention work in our communities.

Pink Sari Gang Documentary
Friday, June 19, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

June 3 – Film Screening: Terry Gilliam’s Lost in La Mancha


Film Screening: Terry Gilliam’s Lost in La Mancha

Terry Gilliam’s Lost in La Mancha (2002) documents the director’s failed attempt to bring his adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote to the screen. Originally intended as a making-of, Gilliam turned the footage into an independent documentary after a slew of disasters, from freakish storms to actor injuries, drove the project to ruin. While Gilliam attempts to transfer the themes of Don Quixote to the screen, he himself becomes a quixotic figure, his story a tragi-comical and meta-reflection on the making of art with parallels to the novel itself. This screening has been organized in connection with the course “Don Quixote: Into the World of the Book,” which will be offered at Word Up by the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research between June 24th and July 29th on Wednesdays from 7-9pm. If you’re interested in the course, contact

Film Screening: Terry Gilliam’s Lost in La Mancha
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

April 30 – Projections: The Hand That Feeds

Day 1 of Hot & Crusty Occupation

At a popular bakery café, residents of New York’s Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. But behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick. Mild-mannered sandwich maker Mahoma López has never been interested in politics, but in January 2012, he convinces a small group of his co-workers to fight back.

Risking deportation and the loss of their livelihood, the workers team up with a diverse crew of innovative young organizers and take the unusual step of forming their own independent union, launching themselves on a journey that will test the limits of their resolve. In one roller-coaster year, they must overcome a shocking betrayal and a two-month lockout. Lawyers will battle in back rooms, Occupy Wall Street protesters will take over the restaurant, and a picket line will divide the neighborhood. If they can win a contract, it will set a historic precedent for low-wage workers across the country. But whatever happens, Mahoma and his coworkers will never be exploited again.

Projections: The Hands That Feeds
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY