Cultural Diversity Film & Discussion Series

Cultural Diversity Film & Discussion Series

Presented by the Parents' Association, The Cultural Diversity Film & Discussion Series has been meeting since 1995. The purpose of the group is to provide a forum for parents, faculty, students, and members of the community to celebrate multiculturalism and to achieve a greater understanding of diversity issues. The topics may include ethnic, economic, political, religious, sexual, cognitive, and developmental diversity themes as they may appear in contemporary and historical films. The group’s intention is to help foster an environment of inclusion and respect at Park and to support the school’s commitment to developing and maintaining a diverse student and faculty population. All events are free and open to the public.

Cultural Diversity Film & Discussion Series 

7 p.m. screenings followed by discussion
Free & open to the public

October 13, 2017 — Underwater Dreams (1 hr 26 min)

Underwater Dreams, written and directed by Mary Mazzio, and narrated by Michael Peña, is the epic story of how the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants learned how to build an underwater robot from Home Depot parts. And defeat engineering powerhouse MIT in the process.  Hailed by Jonathan Alter as “the most politically significant documentary film since Waiting for Superman (The Daily Beast); it was named one of the Best Family Movies by Common Sense Media. This film screened at the White House in 2015, helping to galvanize a new coalition of corporate funders, educational institutions and non-profits, to fund STEM education for under-represented students.

November 10 — Landfill harmonic (1 hr 24 min)

 Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. Under the guidance of their idealistic music director, the orchestra must navigate a strange new world of arenas and sold-out concerts. However, when a natural disaster strikes their community, they must find a way to keep the orchestra intact and provide a source of hope for their town. The film serves as a tool to inspire conversations about poverty, environmental awareness, creativity and sustainability – and is a testimony to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit.

January 19, 2018 — I Am Not Your Negro (1 hr 30 min)

Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., the film challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

February 9 — Read Me Differently (56 minutes)

The film examines learning differences in a family, through three generations of women. A shock of recognition in social work school leads award-winning filmmaker, Sarah Entine, to explore how undiagnosed dyslexia and ADHD have impacted three generations in her family, starting with her own struggles. With surprising candor, vulnerability and even a touch of humor, Read Me Differently reveals the strain that misunderstood learning differences can have on relationships. It is a unique film that generates thoughtful discussion whether in a classroom setting, work environment or at home with family members and friends.

April 13 — Footprint (82 min)

By globetrotting through every corner of the world, Footprint provides a unique window into the real effects of population growth and consumption inequality on the world we live in and the environment. The women filmmakers offer unprecedented access to the people on the ground, who are all in their unique way challenging the status quo and making us rethink what’s really at stake. There are surprising revelations on who are the players standing in the way of solutions and those pushing for it, without losing sight of the array of possible solutions that open up when we take the time to ask this critical question: how many of us there are in the world and what can the Earth sustain if we are all to live a dignified life?