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Progressive Film Series Begins
With Cannes Film Festival Winner

RELEASED: Oct. 9, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Progressive Media Network and the Eau Claire Progressive Film Series' first screening of the year will be "The Wind that Shakes the Barley," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the Davies Center Theatre. Admission is free.

After witnessing acts of violence committed by paramilitary forces in Ireland in 1920, Damien, a medical student, and Teddy a guerilla squad leader, team up to fight back until a truce is reached. The peace ends when one faction of freedom-fighters accept a treaty with the British. Other factions become enraged and a civil war ensues, which puts Teddy and Damien on opposite sides.

The film won the top prize, The Palme d'Or, at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Ken Loach, one of the most critically acclaimed exemplars of social realist film making, the film stars Cillian Murphy.

Progressive Media Network and the Eau Claire Progressive Film Series aim to engage students, faculty and community members in thinking about issues that have plagued history. Senior John Nicksic, Camp Douglas, co-founder of the Eau Claire Progressive Film Series, said a new movie will be screened every month. The films will focus on politics, environmental issues and social issues prevalent in today's world.

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