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'Unnatural Causes' to screen as part of new film series

On Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Theatre of Youth, the Buffalo housing group Heart of the City Neighborhoods will host a screening of "Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?" The documentary, part of HOCN's new "Building a Movement: A Nickel City Film Series," takes a look at the effect of various types of inequality in America on the health of its citizens. Judging from the clip (above), it seems to be a somewhat less sensationalized version of the argument Michael Moore made in his own doc, "Sicko."

After the screening, at about 8 p.m., the theater will host a panel discussion on issues raised by the film featuring a variety of local experts.

This screening of "Unnatural Causes" follows last week's launch of the series, which kicked off with a screening of Linda Goode Bryant and Laura Poitras' excellent, even-handed 2003 documentary "Flag Wars," which looked at the struggles of a Columbus, Ohio neighborhood with gentrification.

Three more films are schedueld in the summer series: "The Garden" (June 29); "Welcome to Shelbyville" (July 13); and "Waiting for Superman" (July 20).

--Colin Dabkowski

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