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Documentary targets health care in ‘Reel Mondays’ screening

Elaine Abrams

The Reel Mondays film series will continue at Wilton Library next week with a free showing of the public television documentary U.S. Health Care: The Good News. The screening, which is co-sponsored by the Wilton League of Women Voters, will take place Monday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Brubeck Room.

After the film, Elaine Abrams will lead an audience discussion. Ms. Abrams is the community health coordinator at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County and 2013 president-elect of the Connecticut Public Health Association. She has more than 25 years of nursing, public health and health education experience.

U.S. Health Care: The Good News features former Washington Post correspondent T.R. Reid as he chronicles two communities with model programs offering high-quality health care at reasonable costs.

This presentation follows a showing of Gasland, the first film of the 2013 Reel Mondays season. Gasland is director John Fox’s exposé about the fracking of natural gas and its harmful effects on the surrounding environment. Wilton Go Green’s Becky Bunnell was the moderator for that event.

Reel Mondays, which had its premiere season last year, grew out of a long collaboration between the League of Women Voters and Wilton Library, according to Louise Herot, a league member.

“Last year we thought we’d try something different,” she said of the film series’ conception. “There are so many good documentary films around. We thought we could put those on and have a discussion afterwards.

“We had no idea whether people would want to come,” Ms. Herot added. “It turned out to be very successful. The discussions have been very good. People want to talk.”

Four films were screened during the last season, which runs from the fall through summer, and four films are planned this time around.

The league and the library put together a committee to select “thought-provoking subjects,” Ms. Herot said. Most of the films have won awards and received good reviews, she said.

“We focus on topics of current interest,” she said.

The last two films of this season will be High Tech, Low Life on April 22, and Hot Coffee on July 15.

High Tech, Low Life follows two rogue Chinese bloggers who subvert censors and report on news events when they notice Chinese newspapers selectively covering stories.

Hot Coffee takes a look at the infamous McDonald’s hot coffee lawsuit, exploring why the case attracted so much media attention and who profited in the end.

The Reel Mondays series is free and open to the public. Light refreshments are provided. Registration recommended; call 203-762-3950, ext. 213, or visit wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events.

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