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The Rise of a Dictator

By John

A century before Donald Trump became this year’s candidate, another ‘strongman’, Benito Mussolini, burst onto the Italian political scene, also confounding the country’s political establishment with his unorthodox doctrine and outsized personality. Fascism in Italy promised people deliverance from politics, not just different but anti-establishment. Like Trump, Mussolini railed against intruders and dark enemies, while flouting the conventional rules of political discourse but promising to restore greatness by the force of his own personality. This week at Shelter we will be looking at history’s strongmen and discussing their relevance to the current US election.

Film
All My Sons (Arthur Miller)
Fri, Sep 30, 5pm
100 pesos (Includes drink)
In English

Documentary and Discussion
Mussolini: Fascism in Color
Sun, Oct 2, 5pm
60 pesos
In English

Film
A Face in the Crowd
Wed, Oct 5, 5pm
100 pesos (Includes drink)
In English

Documentary and Discussion
Trump’s Angry America
Fri, Oct 7, 5pm
60 pesos
In English

All events are in: Shelter Theater,Vicente Guerrero 4

We begin with Mussolini: Fascism in Color on Sunday, October 2 at 5pm. Mussolini and his followers were strident nationalists who believed in the systematic use of violence. In 1922, fascists seized provinces across northern Italy then marched to Rome demanding power through force of arms. Lively discussion sure to follow!

Wednesday, October 5 at 5pm: A Face in the Crowd. The template for Trump’s remarkable rise and the potential for a hard fall were laid out in a classic film half a century ago by the unlikely megalomaniac, Andy Griffith. This 1957 feature-length film stars the disturbingly folksy actor as Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes, a charming Arkansas traveler who soars to the pinnacle of American celebrity and political power. Might we seeing this story play out today as well? Join our discussion!

We conclude with Trump’s Angry America, Friday, October 7 at 5pm. As Donald Trump was poised to become the official Republican candidate, filmmakers visited the racially divided town of Bakersfield, California to interview Trump supporters and examine what drives them. The journalists also talk to those residents who fear what a Trump White House would mean for them. In the end, we must examine question and ourselves why America is so angry today.

Friday September 30 at 5pm, Shelter presents an encore performance of All My Sons, Arthur Miller’s classic drama about social responsibility set against personal gain. This universally acclaimed and intimately filmed production, directed by Howard Davies, features a cast led by David Suchet and Zoë Wanamaker, faithfully reproducing London’s sold-out performance. “A classic production, never to be forgotten…David Suchet is astounding!” – London Telegraph.

 

 

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