Camden Conference at the Colonial
Belfast — Director Kathryn Bigelow’s stark new film “Zero Dark Thirty,” which has been nominated for five Academy Awards while generating substantial controversy, will open Friday, Jan. 25 at the Colonial Theatre, 163 High St. Following the Saturday, Feb. 2 matinee screening, the Camden Conference sponsor a moderated discussion of the issues raised by the film with audience members.
The film’s subject matter — the U.S. efforts against Al Qaeda in the wake of 9/11 — is directly relevant to the upcoming Camden Conference, “The Middle East: What Next?” The Feb. 2 discussion will be led by Bob Rackmales, a member of the Camden Conference Advisory Council. During his 32-year career in the United State Foreign Service, Rackmales dealt with terrorism in such places as Somalia, Italy and the Balkans; and with the issue of torture and mistreatment of prisoners as Director of the Office of Human Rights at the State Department. The Middle East has been a focus of several of his courses at the Senior College at Belfast, most recently on American misperceptions of the Middle East.
The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world affairs through year-round community events, public and student engagement, and an annual weekend conference. For more information, visit camdenconference.org; send email to email@example.com; or call 236-1034.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.