The University of North Dakota Department of Anthropology’s Global Visions Film Series (GVFS), in collaboration with the UND Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies, proudly presents Question One, 7 p.m., Wednesday, Mar. 21 in the UND Memorial Union. This film is free and open to the public, although donations of $1 are encouraged.
The right for marriage equality is often thought of as the civil rights movement of the 21st century. Question One , 2009, produced by award winning film makers Joe Fox and James Nubile takes you behind the scenes in the battle for Maine as the equal rights movement attempts to make it the first ever state to allow same-sex marriage.
The issue of same-sex marriage has much of Maine polarized, and still today, remains one of the biggest civil rights petitions in the country.
An emotional and powerful experience, the film documents both sides of the battle as examine the fight from inside war rooms and amid strategy sessions as they press onward with their deeply rooted and passionate beliefs.
For three months, the filmmakers shadowed these equal rights soldiers on the front lines as they knocked on doors and made countless phone calls. Through deeply personal interviews, they emotionally exposed their true feelings about the divide.
On May. 6, 2009, Maine became the first state to legislatively grant same-sex couples the right to marry. However, on Nov. 9, 2009, through a referendum election, Maine reversed, becoming the 31st state to repeal same-sex marriage.
Join the University of North Dakota Department of Anthropology and UND Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies as they host Question One at the UND Memorial Union. Currently, this is the only venue in Grand Forks to host nationally award-winning films by independent filmmakers around the world. The GVFS will run through May, 9. The upcoming films include: Whaledreamers (Tuesday Apr. 10), Earth (Tuesday, Apr. 24), Transamerica (Wednesday, May 2), and The Laramie Project (Wednesday, May 9).