Film Screenings that make a Difference

This spring season has already seen (and will continue to see!) some great film screenings, followed by speaker-led discussions and Q&A sessions. Topics range from the Syrian refugee crisis to the slave trade and race relations. One overwhelming fact about all of these film screenings is that they are thoroughly enjoyed. They combine film, education and thoughtful discussion to delve into important topics, while bringing people of different communities together. Here are just some of the screenings coming up:

 

Salam Neighbor - This screening was hosted by the Winchester Multicultural Network at Winchester High School on Wednesday, May 4 from 7-9pm. Salam Neighbor is a documentary film following the Syrian refugee experience through the eyes of the first two filmmakers ever to be registered and given a tent inside a refugee camp. The film was followed by a post-screening dialogue featuring Deirdre Giblin, asylum lawyer with the Community Legal Services and Counseling Center (CLSACC) and Dr. Omar Salem, Chairman at the Karam Foundation. 

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American Denial - This screening is also hosted by the Winchester Multicultural Network and will take place on Thursday, May 11 from 7:30-9:30 at Next Door Theater in Winchester, MA. The documentary takes a look back on Gunnar Mydral's 1944 landmark study, American Dilemma, and asks "How much has changed in race relations since Myrdal conducted his study, and what hasn't changed much at all?" This film delves into the reality of race in America today and its perpetuation across the country. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A sessions with director/producer Llewellyn Smith and producer Kelly Thomson.

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Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North - This screening will be hosted by SCI, in collaboration with the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. It will take place on Friday, May 12 from 6-9pm at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Woburn, MA. This acclaimed documentary explores a group of New England cousins coming to grips with learning that their family was the largest slave-trading family in the United States. It follows their journey from Rhode Island to Ghana to Cuba, retracing their family's heritage and what they left behind. Following the film Dain Perry (one of the family member's) and his wife Constance, will facilitate a conversation on race, reconciliation and healing.

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It is our hope that these film screenings will continue to educate and inspire! Looking forward to adding more to this list in the coming months.