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Ken Burns: New film fits into civility discourse

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns is bringing his new film to Philadelphia as part of a larger initiative to promote a more civil national discourse.

Burns' film "Prohibition" will premiere this fall on public television. It's being shown in Philadelphia this weekend to kick off a National Constitution Center forum called "Civility and Democracy in America."

Burns said Friday that the Prohibition era has similarities to the current political climate. He says that it's essential for Americans to confront difficult issues with civility, or else our democracy suffers.

About 50 people are joining in panel discussions on Saturday and Sunday at the Constitution Center, a museum dedicated to explaining the U.S. Constitution. Future events will be held around the country in the coming months.

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