At the last convention of the Society for Ethnomusicology, folklorist Lisa Gilman presented her paper on how GIs use music to mediate their experiences in war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. This was one of the most socially relevant presentations among the hundreds presented.
She has recently released her documentary, Grounds for Resistance. In November 2008, a group of U.S. veterans opened COFFEE STRONG, a coffee shop located outside the gates of the U.S. Army base Fort Lewis in Washington. Inspired by the Vietnam-era G.I. coffee house movement, Coffee Strong provides a safe space where service members, military families, and veterans can drink coffee and discuss issues, such as their experiences of war, deployment concerns, the hardships of life in the military, and veteran benefits.
Visit the website: http://groundsforresistance.com/. Screen or distribute Lisa’s documentary in your community http://groundsforresistance.com/grassroots-distribution/.
Currently scheduled screening dates and information
When: Friday, Nov 4 at 7PM, free. Where: Seattle, WA at Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ, 5019 Keystone Place N.
Friday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Media Education Foundation (in the Frances P. Crowe Community Room), 60 Masonic Street, Northampton MA Sponsored by: the Northampton Committee/Friday Night Free Films and IVAW, Amherst chapter.
For more screening dates, see: http://groundsforresistance.com/category/screening-dates-and-information/