AMERICA’S CIVIL RIGHTS STRUGGLE: FILM FORUM. Thursday, April 17, 4 to 6 p.m., Salem State University North Campus, Meier Hall Room 426, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Salem State University presents “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” a series of film forums that illustrate the history of civil rights in America to raise the level of discourse on the legacy of slavery and emancipation. Partial screening of “Slavery By Another Name” and discussion of contemporary prison policy with Dr. Rebecca Hill, associate professor of interdisciplinary studies, director, American Studies Program, Kennesaw State University, and member of the Critical Prison Studies Caucus. Free. 978-542-7349, salemstate.edu/ created_equal.
“THE J STREET CHALLENGE.” Thursday, April 17, 7:30 p.m., JCC, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. Community invited to watch the premiere of a movie that examines the rise of well-funded activist organization with a powerful marketing effort and an idealistic message that appeals to many who are frustrated by the Middle East conflict. Film presents commentary and analyses from a wide political spectrum. A panel discussion will follow. Free; RSVP to Susan Feinstein at 978-740-4431 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Walk-ins welcome.
“DIRTY BUSINESS.” Friday, April 18, 10:50 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Salem State University, Ellison Campus Center, MLK Room, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Screening of a documentary that offers a review of renewable alternatives in an age of climate change. Refreshments provided. Part of SSU’s Earth Days Week. www.salemstate.edu/earthday.
SALEM: “BAG IT.” Friday, April 18, 12:15 to 2 p.m., Salem State University, Ellison Campus Center, MLK Room, 352 Lafayette St., Beverly. Screening of an American documentary film that exposes the effects of plastic bags and other plastic consumer merchandise on land ecosystems, ocean environments and the human body. Part of SSU’s Earth Days Week. www.salemstate.edu/earthday.
ANIME MOVIE NIGHT. Tuesday, April 22, 6 to 8 p.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St., Middleton. Manga & Anime Club’s two-hour movie night for teens in grades seven through 12. The club is for anime and manga enthusiasts to discuss favorite manga and watch anime. www.flintlibrary.org.