American/Sandinista on Wednesday, June 23rd, at Bridgewater United Methodist Church (35 School Street, in the side building behind Boyden Hall). The documentary chronicles the life and death of Ben Linder, a young civil engineer who was the only U.S. citizen killed in the Contra War. His death is widely credited with bringing about an end to that war, and his life has inspired a number of humanitarian and development projects in Nicaragua and elsewhere. James and his students have proposed, in fact, that a fair-trade cafe be operated in the new science building at Bridgewater State College, and that it be named in his honor.
The film will run from 7:30 to 8:10, with a discussion of Ben Linder and the proposed Ben Linder Cafe to follow. Members of the United Methodist church will also be discussing their on-going work in Nicaragua, including a recent visit to various church-related projects (and one coffee farm).