2018 Movies at MacArthur Schedule

Tuesday, January 30, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. VA: The Human Cost of War 


This documentary film explores the history of the department of Veterans Affairs — from the troubled beginnings of the Veterans Bureau of the 1920s, to the modern VA system. The film chronicles, in depth and often wrenching detail, the workings of this crucial but at times beleaguered American institution: exploring what it does and how it functions, its vast size and critical importance, its history and provenance — how and why it came into existence, how and why it has changed over time, how it has come to be broken in critical ways in recent generations and how it may be reformed going forward.

Tuesday, February 20, 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.- Aftermath: Remnant of War

Based on the award-winning book by Donovan Webster, this film reveals the unspoken truth about war – it doesn't end when the fighting stops. The program features interviews with individuals involved with the reparation of the residual devastation - people who destroy unexploded munitions at Verdun and in Sarajevo, recover and identify skeletons of battlefield casualties at Stalingrad, and help victims of Agent Orange in Vietnam. Archival footage sets each segment in its historical context.                                   

Tuesday, March 20, 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.- Command And Control

Command and Control examines the long-hidden story of a deadly accident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas in 1980.  The documentary features minute-by-minute accounts of Air Force personnel, weapon designers, and first responders, revealing the unlikely chain of events that caused the accident and the feverish efforts to prevent the explosion of a ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead ever built by the United States – a warhead 600 times more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

Tuesday, October 16, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Two Days in October 

In October 1967, history turned a corner. In a jungle in Vietnam, a Viet Cong ambush nearly wiped out an American battalion, prompting some in power to question whether the war might be unwinnable. On a campus in Wisconsin, a student protest against Dow Chemical, the maker of napalm, spiraled out of control, marking the first time that a campus anti-war demonstration had turned violent.

Directed by Robert Kenner, Two Days in October tells the emotionally wrenching parallel stories. The film features firsthand accounts from the people whose lives were irrevocably changed by what happened — American and Viet Cong soldiers, relatives of men killed in battle, protesting students, police officers, and university faculty and administrators. Collectively, their words speak to the heartbreak caused by the war and the stark division it wrought on the home front. Two Days in October is based on the book They Marched Into Sunlight, by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Maraniss.

Winner of the 2005 Peabody Award and the 2006 Primetime Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Non-Fiction Filmmaking.

November 20, 2018, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Death and the Civil War 

With the coming of the Civil War, and the staggering casualties it ushered in, death entered the experience of the American people as it never had before — permanently altering the character of the republic and the psyche of the American people. Contending with death on an unprecedented scale posed challenges for which there were no ready answers when the war began. Americans worked to improvise new solutions, new institutions, and new ways of coping with death on an unimaginable scale.

Based on the best-selling book by Drew Gilpin Faust, and directed by Ric Burns, Death and the Civil War tells the story of how a nation must deal with death and dying on a massive scale during a war that ripped the country apart.