Free Screening of the Documentary Film The Hottest August

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Date & Time: Monday, February 24, 2020
7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Suggested Audiences: Elders, Adult, College, High School
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Worcester State University: Ghosh Center for Science and Technology
ST 102
486 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602-2597
Cost: FREE
Description: A complex portrait of a city and its inhabitants, "The Hottest August" gives us a window into the collective consciousness of the present. The film's point of departure is one city over one month: New York City, including its outer boroughs, during August 2017. It's a month heavy with the tension of a new President, growing anxiety over everything from rising rents to marching white nationalists, and unrelenting news of either wildfires or hurricanes on every coast. The film pivots on the question of futurity: what does the future look like from where we are standing? And what if we are not all standing in the same place? "The Hottest August" offers a mirror onto a society on the verge of catastrophe, registering the anxieties, distractions, and survival strategies that preoccupy ordinary lives.

In the opening scene, for example, two union workers lean out the window of an air-conditioned upstairs apartment to talk about their jobs, eventually getting around to their concerns about the influx of foreigners willing to work for lower wages. There are a thousand reasons for immigration, and climate change is one of them, as "climate refugees" from environmentally embattled countries create a ripple effect that reaches back to first-world economies.
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Created: February 14, 2020 at 12:08 PM
Last Modified: February 17, 2020 at 11:38 AM

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