Encircle films Presents

Documentaries to Inform and Inspire Action

Welcome to Encircle Films Season 10

Showing in February

Behind The Shield

February 8, 2023 6:30PM

Behind The Shield

In Behind the Shield, celebrated author and Nation magazine sports editor Dave Zirin tackles the myth that the NFL was somehow free of politics before Colin Kaepernick and other Black NFL players took a knee. Digging deep into the history of the league, and navigating a stunning excavation of decades of archival footage and news media, Zirin traces how the NFL, under the guise of “sticking to sports,” has promoted wars, militarism, and nationalism; glorified reactionary ideas about manhood and gender roles; normalized systemic racism, corporate greed, and crony capitalism; and helped vilify challenges to the dominant order as “unpatriotic” and inappropriately “political.” The result is a case study not only in the power of big-time sports to disseminate stealth propaganda and reinforce an increasingly authoritarian status quo, but also the power of activist athletes to challenge this unjust status quo and model a different, more democratic vision of America.

94 minutes

Audience discussion following the film with David Zirin!

Discussion Panel

Audience Q&A Panelists

David Zirin has been called “the best sportswriter in the United States,” by the New York Times icon Robert Lipsyte. He has written eleven books on the politics of sports, including the acclaimed biography Jim Brown: Last Man Standing. He is also the co-author of the New York Times bestseller, Things That Make White People Uncomfortable with former NFL player Michael Bennett. Zirin has brought his blend of sports and politics to multiple networks and television programs including ESPN’s Outside the Lines, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, CNN, and Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman.

Showing in March

The Boys Who Said NO!

March 8, 2023 6:30PM

The Boys Who Said NO!

THE BOYS WHO SAID NO! is the first documentary film to profile the young men and women who actively opposed the military draft in order to end the Vietnam War. The film shows how their personal and collective acts of nonviolent resistance, risking arrest and imprisonment for up to 5 years, were a critical part of the antiwar movement, intensifying opposition to the war and eventually forcing an end to both conscription and the war.

Drawing on original interviews with more than thirty male and female nonviolent activists and historians, THE BOYS WHO SAID NO! explores the influence of Gandhian nonviolence and the impact of the civil rights movement on Resistance members, a connection illustrated in footage of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. visiting and supporting Joan Baez and others jailed for blocking the Oakland Induction Center in 1967.

THE BOYS WHO SAID NO! is an overdue and definitive account of the principled and powerful nonviolent resistance to America’s most problematic war. These young men risked years in prison to challenge a war of tragic human proportions. Their leadership, personal sacrifices, and example had a direct effect on ending the war, and are an important example for today’s movements for social justice and peace.

95 minutes

Audience discussion following the film.

Discussion Panel

Audience Q&A Panelists

To be announced…

Encircle Films Series

We are excited to be engaging audiences at the Broadway Metro for our 10th season, bringing you documentaries to inform and inspire action!

All seating is reserved, and advanced tickets are recommended. The Metro will be preserving buffer seats for another couple of months as well.

Broadway Metro Info (Click Here)

888 Willamette Street

Eugene, OR
(541) 686-2458

$10.00 ADULTS
$7.00 SENIORS (62+)

Encircle Films Partnerships


Founded in Eugene in 2005, DisOrient is Oregon’s premiere Asian American film festival. DisOrient’s mission is to amplify the broad spectrum of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander voices and narratives through recent works of independent film.

March 10-19, 2023. More information at DisOrient.


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About Us

The mission of Encircle Films is to create awareness of important social issues by showing impactful documentaries, inviting guest speakers to facilitate audience discussions, and inspiring citizens to get involved. Now in our ninth season, we are a group of community-minded individuals dedicated to exploring issues that affect us on a global and local level. Our goal is to give voice to our spirit of concern for community, country, and planet. 

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