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Big Screen Civics – Election

Sep 29, 2022 to Sep 29, 2022 7 - 9pm

Dates: Thursday 9/29
Time: 7-9p
Age Group: Adults 18+

Location: Ambler Theater

Description: The Ambler Theater, Upper Dublin Public Library, and Wissahickon Valley Public Library present a three-film series exploring civic engagement in a fun, entertaining way. Each film in the series looks at a Constitutional Amendment through the lens of film with introductions from a local scholar, legal expert, or politician.

Sept 29 – Watch the film “Election”

1999 – 1 hr 43 min – USA – color – 4K DCP – d: Alexander Payne – w/ Reese Witherspoon, Matthew Broderick, Chris Klein

The political process gets examined from a different angle in this dark comedy about a highly competitive High School election. A witty, satirical take on moral corruption and political chicanery. An early gem from Alexander Payne.

Presented with an introduction by State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta that explores the film’s connection to the 26th Amendment to the Constitution, which lowered the voting age to 18.

Presenter: Representative Malcolm Kenyatta currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Philadelphia Delegation and as a member of the Governor’s Taskforce on Suicide Prevention and a host of committee leadership positions. He received a B.A. from Temple University, a M.S. from Drexel University, and completed the Harvard Kennedy School’s Executives in State and Local Government program. As the first openly LGBTQ person of color and one of the youngest members elected to the PA General Assembly, he is deeply committed to creating an equitable and inclusive society.

Tickets: $5. Purchase tickets at the Ambler Theater box office or online at amblertheater.org.

Check out the other films in this series: Sept 15 – Mr. Smith Goes to Washington / Sept 22 – I am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang


This series is funded, in part, by the American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

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