Many documentary filmmakers hope that their movies inspire viewers to open their pocketbooks, or even to change their lives, to further the causes framed onscreen. The same goes for ambitious do-gooders who take the time to speak in public about what they — and you, too — can do about social, economic and environmental plights of the world. Both the live and video versions of such heartstring tuggings take place tonight during Informal Urbanisms: The Production of Space in the Developing World, an event at La Esquina (1000 West 25th Street, 816-221-5115). The evening starts at 6:30 p.m. with a screening of Garbage Dreams: Raised in the Trash Trade, a feature-length film that illuminates the lives of teenage trash collectors in Cairo. A panel discussion about various marginalized populations across the globe makes up the second half of the program. There’s no cost to attend, but you may be inspired to break out a donation. See charlottestreet.org for more information.
Wed., Jan. 6, 6:30 p.m., 2010