Happenings: Better This World

Common Experience film looks at
counterterrorism, civil liberties

flim promotional posterHow did two boyhood friends from Midland wind up arrested on terrorism charges at the 2008 Republican National Convention? This question sparked filmmakers Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega to create “Better This World,” an award-winning documentary that explores the competing interests of civil liberties and the U.S. War on Terror.

The film will be shown on campus at Texas State University at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in Alkek Teaching Theatre. The screening is part of the Common Experience, a yearlong series of events, performances and discussions held on campus and in the San Marcos community that explore the theme “Freedoms: The First Amendment.”

Better This World” follows the journey of David McKay, 22, and Bradley Crowder, 22, from political neophytes to accused domestic terrorists. According to the filmmakers, they place “a particular focus on the relationship they develop with a radical activist mentor in the six months leading up to their arrests … ‘Better This World’ goes to the heart of the War on Terror and its impact on civil liberties and political dissent in post-9/11 America.”

Crowder and the film’s producer, Mike Nicholson, will be at the on-campus screening to answer questions from the audience. Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information about “Better This World,” visit the film’s website and Facebook page, or watch a trailer for the film here.

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