American Totem

2019, Digital, NR

Language: English

Director: Sue Hilderbrand

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Join us after the film for a post-screening discussion with the filmmaker and several local panelists.

Sue Hilderbrand
Director/Producer, American Totem; Political Science instructor, Cal State University, Chico; host, “The Real Issue” on KZFR radio

Firmin DeBrabander
Philosophy professor, Maryland Institute College of Art; author of books including Do Guns Make Us Free? (Yale, 2015)

Liz Banach
Director, Marylanders Against Gun Violence

This event is free and open to the public; RSVP required.

American Totem is a thought-provoking documentary offering new ways to think about firearms in modern society. In a time of great political, social, and economic change, the film explores the national narrative that Americans have a “special” relationship with firearms, exposing how that story was constructed. The film highlights gun-oriented organizations and their search for community. It also spotlights the costs of having easy access to firearms on communities (e.g., suicide, homicide) and the American political process.

This event is made possible by the Maryland Institute College of Art and Marylanders Against Gun Violence.