To Kill a Mockingbird Film & Discussion

Due to unavoidable circumstances, this program is postponed to a later date TBA. 

Movies help us experience and understand each other and the world around us. They educate and enlighten us. And, they can lead to meaningful and much-needed discourse. Lights, Camera, Civics! hopes to be a catalyst for such conversations. Not only is there division in our country and state over a multitude of issues, there is within our own communities a clear lack of connection among people of different ages and viewpoints. For these reasons, New Hampshire Humanities has awarded a grant to the NH Institute for Civics Education (NHICE) for film screenings in all ten NH counties to generate multigenerational conversations about law, justice, and civics. Through Lights, Camera, Civics!, a film will be offered each year, chosen to appeal to a range of ages and demographics.

Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel came to film in 1962. Set a small fictitious Southern town during the Depression, local lawyer Atticus Finch, played by Gregory Peck, is appointed to represent a male person of color falsely accused of raping a white woman. To Kill a Mockingbird won Academy Awards for Best Actor (Peck), Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Art Direction. The novel was recently adapted for the theatre, and the resulting play is currently being shown at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway in New York City.

The event is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required. To register, please contact Dina Michael Chaitowitz at dinacivics@gmail.com. For more general information about Lights, Camera, Civics!,including how to arrange a showing in your county, please contact Martha Madsen at martha.madsen@law.unh.edu.