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In honor of the Republican convention’s arrival in New York City, Park Slope’s Barbes bar and the citywide "Imagine Festival of Arts, Issues & Ideas" are hosting a mini documentary film festival beginning Aug. 28 that is designed to inspire, instigate and support civic engagement through the arts.

At Barbes, the festival of recent films, curated by Jim Browne, will include the world premiere of Nicolas Rossier’s 2003 documentary "Brothers and Others: The Impact of 9/11 on Arabs, Muslims and South Asians in America" (pictured).

Screening Aug. 30, at 11:15 pm, "Brothers and Others" follows a number of immigrants and American families as they struggle in the heightened climate of suspicion, FBI and INS investigations and economic hardships that erupted in America following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Rossier will introduce the film and lead a Q&A at 11:15 pm.

Additional festival films include Laura Harrison and Charlotte Lagarde’s 2004 documentary, "Voting in America," about voter apathy; Matt Kohn’s 2004 documentary "Everywhere But Florida," exploring the after-effects of Election 2000; Ray Perez and Joan Sekler’s 2002 documentary "Unpreceden­ted: The 2000 Presidential Election"; the world premiere of Julie Talen’s 2004 documentary "Sixty Cameras Against the War" in which 60 New Yorkers with cameras document the Feb. 15, 2003 anti-war rally that took place in Lower Manhattan; and the world premiere of Bernadine Mellis’ "The Forest for the Trees: Judi Bari vs. the FBI," a documentary about Earth First! organizer Bari who sued the FBI and the Oakland police after they accused her of bombing her own car and labeled her a terrorist in 1991. Bari died in 1997 from breast cancer. (In June of 2002, Bari’s estate won a $4 million jury verdict against law enforcement for their violations of her First and Fourth Amendment rights.) "The Forest for the Trees" will be screened on Sept. 2 at 11:15 pm.

Haskell Wexler’s 1968 feature film "Medium Cool," shot in cinema verite-style during the protests at the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago, will conclude the fest on Sept. 6.

Barbes is located at 376 Ninth St. at Sixth Avenue in Park Slope. Admission is $5. For screening dates and times, call (718) 965-9177 or visit

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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