Two films about the Prohibition era will be screened Friday, Sept. 23, at the
. University of Wyoming
Wyoming PBS and UW will host the screening and discussion of noted filmmaker Ken Burns' latest documentary "Prohibition," followed by a locally-produced film "Prohibition in
" produced by Debbie Hammons. Both will be shown from noon-1 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public. Food also will be served. Wyoming
Following a short clip of both films, panelists will discuss with audience members issues raised in the video. Panelists are Phil Roberts and Isa Helfgott, associate professors in the UW Department of History, and Hammons, a former state legislator and UW trustee. ASUW President Megan Degenfelder is the panel's moderator.
Set in the era of bathtub gin, bootleggers and speakeasies, "Prohibition," a new three-part, six-hour documentary series by Burns and Lynn Novick, tells the true story of the rise, rule and fall of the U.S. Constitution's 18th Amendment. It was called the "Noble Experiment," but was in fact one of
's most notorious civic failures, a lesson in the challenge of legislating human behavior, according to the filmmakers. America
Adding to the state's problems, many
county officials did not enforce Prohibition laws. Federal agents arrived to intervene, but were met with deep suspicion. "Prohibition in Wyoming Wyoming" features local interviews and insightful historians, who share stories about this unique time in history. Wyoming
Both documentaries will be broadcast next month on Wyoming PBS.
Photo: Two documentaries about the Prohibition era will be screened from noon-1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in the Wyoming Union Ballroom. One of the films is set in
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