Cultural Diversity Film and Discussion Series

Cultural Diversity Film and Discussion Series

Presented by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, The Cultural Diversity Film and 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 and Discussion Series 

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

november 14, 2019 — from swastika to jim crow (1 hr)

Based on the book by Gabrielle Simon Edgcomb, this documentary tells the little known story of Jewish intellectuals who escaped Nazi Germany to the U.S. in the 1930s. Confronted with antisemitism at American universities and public distrust of foreigners, they secured teaching positions at traditionally black colleges in the then-segregated South. The complex interactions between these two groups are recalled through historic footage and moving firsthand testimonials by African-American and Jewish scholars, activists, and artists.

January 17, 2020 — sports in transition: the past, present, and future of transgender athletes (13 min)

This short documentary on transgender athletes offers a history of the transgender rights movement, seen through the prism of sports. The film features interviews with transgender advocates and activists from around the globe, including ESPN reporter Christina Kahrl, pro-golfer Mianne Bagger, and Jaiyah Saelua, the first transgender athlete to play in a FIFA World Cup qualifier. The film also provides some practical guidance on how fans, teammates, coaches, and athletic directors can best support and include transgender athletes.

february 21, 2020 — united skates (1 hr 29 min)

For years, roller skating rinks have been a constant for African-American communities across the U.S., serving as a meeting ground, a place to have fun and an incubator of iconic hip-hop talents like Queen Latifah and N.W.A.

As America’s last standing roller rinks are threatened with closure, a community joins forces in a racially charged environment to save the underground African-American subculture of roller skating, which has been overlooked by the mainstream for generations – yet has given rise to some of the world's greatest musical talents.

april 24, 2020 — bullied: a student, a school and a case that made history
(39 min)

Bullied is a documentary film that chronicles one student's ordeal at the hands of anti-gay bullies and offers an inspiring message of hope to those fighting harassment today. It can become a cornerstone of anti-bullying efforts in middle and high schools.

Bullied is designed to help administrators, teachers, and counselors create a safer school environment for all students, not just those who are gay and lesbian. It is also intended to help all students understand the terrible toll bullying can take on its victims, and to encourage students to stand up for their classmates who are being harassed.

Bullied has been endorsed by the National Education Association (NEA).