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WPC 17 Film Screenings

THURSDAY NIGHT, APRIL 14, 8:00 – 10:00 PM
Films Open to the Public, Thursday night only

The Last White Knight
Director’s Series • Location: Salon C
This film was inspired by an incident during the early 1960s when the director, Paul Saltzman, journeyed to the Deep South as a civil rights worker to help with voter registration in. One of the first days he was there he was assaulted by a group of young men led by Byron “Delay” De La Beckwith, the son of the man convicted of killing civil rights activist Medgar Evers. Decades later, Saltzman returns to the south to meet with Beckwith and see what, if anything, has changed in the New South. He interviews a wide variety of people from Harry Belafonte, the celebrated singer and civil rights activist, who recounts his own experiences during the voter registration drive; actor Morgan Freeman; a top FBI official, who discuss the close links between the police and the Klan during the period; to a group of kids from different races who are best friends; and a trio of dedicated, unregenerate Klansmen.
Facilitator: Paul Saltzman, Director

Growing Up Trans

Closed Captioned • Location: Salon D
Just a generation ago, it was adults, not kids, who changed genders. But today, many children are transitioning, too – with new medical options, and at younger and younger ages. In Growing Up Trans, FRONTLINE takes viewers on an intimate and eye-opening journey inside the struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their families.
Facilitator: Natalie J. Thoreson

An Evening of Film and Dialogue

Location: Salon I
Over an 18 year period, Shakti Butler had produced and directed four films for World Trust Educational Services: The Way Home, Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible, Light in the Shadows and Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity. Currently, Shakti is working on a new film/dialogue, Healing Justice, (a working title) exploring the youth to prison pipeline and restorative justice. Please join us for an evening of social justice dialogue and transformative learning.
Facilitator: Shakti Butler, Director

FRIDAY NIGHT, APRIL 15, 9:00 – 10:30 PM

The Empathy Gap: Masculinity and the Courage to Change
This film showing is 2 hours
Director’s Series • Closed Caption • Location: Salon I
In The Bro Code and Generation M, Thomas Keith examined how U.S. culture bombards young men with sexist and misogynistic messages. This film looks more closely at the ways these messages short-circuit men's ability to empathize with women, respect them as equals, and take feminism seriously. The film explores some of the key messages about manhood – that they should acquire material wealth, meet conflict with aggression, harden themselves, suppress all human emotion except anger, and view women primarily as sexual objects – then argues that these messages not only devalue women but also undercut men's innate capacity for caring and empathy.
Facilitator: Thomas Keith, Director

Film Shorts from Producer/Writer William H.Smith

Director’s Series • Location: Salon J
Featuring Film Shorts from the following films by Producer/Writer William H. Smith, Ed. D.
Two Stories of Freedom: The stories of William Winter who braved a double self-emancipation and became an honored and widely respected citizen in the small Connecticut town of Deep River and a second story by Ka-le, a young Mende boy who was aboard the Amistad during its bold liberation from captives. The Maggie Lena Walker Story: The Maggie Lena Walker Story is about America’s first female bank president, an African American. Race Amity: America’s Other Tradition: Race Amity: America’s Other Tradition is a historical look at the origin of the socio-historical thesis of The Other Tradition of close cross cultural collaboration. TISUV: Modules from the award winning PBS documentary The Invisible Soldiers: Unheard Voice.
Facilitator: William H. Smith, Director

9-Man: A Streetball battle in the heart of Chinatown

Director’s Series • Closed Captioned • Location: Salon K
9-MAN uncovers an isolated and unique streetball tournament played by Chinese-Americans in the heart of Chinatowns across the USA and Canada. Largely undiscovered by the mainstream, the game is a gritty, athletic, chaotic urban treasure traditionally played in parking lots and back alleys. A 9-Man tournament grew in the 1930’s, at a time when anti-Chinese sentiment and laws forced restaurant workers and laundrymen to socialize exclusively amongst themselves. Today it’s a lasting connection to Chinatown for a dynamic community of men who know a different, more integrated world, but still fight to maintain autonomy and tradition.
Facilitator: Ursula Liang, Director

A Place in the Middle

Location: Salon C
This documentary tells the story of a young Hawaiian girl who dreams of leading her school’s boys-only hula troupe, and an inspiring teacher who uses traditional culture to empower her. This award winning PBS film is at the heart of a bullying prevention and gender diversity campaign based on the true meaning of aloha – love, honor and respect for all.
Facilitator: Sydney Pollack

The Cherokee Word for Water

Location: Salon D
This feature-length motion picture tells the story of the work that led Wilma Mankiller to become the first modern woman Chief of the Cherokee Nation. The movie is based on the true story of the Bell Waterline Project. Set in the early 1908s in the homes of a rural Oklahoma Cherokee community where many houses lack running water and others are little more than shacks. After centuries of being dehumanized and dispossessed of their land and identity, the people no longer feel they have power or control over their lives or future.
Facilitators: Robert Amico and Lance Kelley

SATURDAY NIGHT, APRIL 16, 8:30 – 10:00 PM

Director’s Series • Location: Salon I
The gap in opportunities for different races in the U.S. remains extreme. Nowhere is this more evident that the nation’s top public schools. In New York City, where blacks and Hispanics make up 70% of the city’s school-age population, they represent less than 5% at the city’s most elite public high schools. This documentary follows a dozen racially and socio-economically diverse 8th graders as they fight for a seat at one of these schools. There only way in: to ace a single standardized test. Tested explores such issues as access to a high-quality public education, affirmative action and the model-minority myth.
Facilitator: Curtis Chin, Director

Jim Crow to Barack Obama

Director’s Series • Location: Salon J
This video documentary engages in an intergenerational exploration of how we – our families, communities and ourselves – make history and how we have the right and responsibility to claim this history and preserve it. The film chronicles the Jim Crow Era, the Civil Rights Era and now the Obama Era by giving platform to our Elders and our Youth; two groups whose voices are often overlooked. There are stark differences between the two generations. Yet, racism and white supremacy has continued throughout the 20th century and into the 21st and the Youth’s experiences of discrimination echo those of the Elders.
Facilitators: Denise Ward-Brown, Director

Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement

Closed Captioned • Location: Salon C
From bionic limbs and neural implants to prenatal screening, researchers around the world are hard at work developing a myriad of technologies to fix or enhance the human body. This film takes a close look at the drive to be “better than human” and the radical technological innovations that may take us there. What does “disabled” mean when a man with no legs can run faster than most people in the world? What does “normal” mean when cosmetic surgery procedures have risen over 450% percent in the last fifteen years and increasing numbers of people turn to “smart drugs” every day to get ahead at school or work?
Facilitator: Lori Dowds

*Director’s Series denotes that the film’s director will be in attendance and leading the discussion