April 7-10: Multicultural Studies Film & Speaker Series

| March 28, 2011

The 5th Annual Multicultural Studies Film and Speakers Series is April 7-10. All films will be screened in the Moore Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Admission free to Webster students with proper I.D., $4 to Webster faculty & staff with I.D.; $6 for general public.

Thursday, April 7
Film: Papers www.papersthemovie.com
Speakers: Anne Galisky, film director; Amany Hacking, professor, St. Louis University School of Law

Papers is the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status. There are approximately 2 million undocumented children who were born outside the U.S. and raised in this country. These young people were educated in American schools, hold American values, know only the U.S. as home and who, upon high school graduation, find the door to their future slammed shut.

65,000 undocumented students graduate every year from high school without papers. They live at risk of arrest, detention and deportation to countries they may not even remember. Currently, there is no path to citizenship for these young people (90 min.).

Friday, April 8
Film: The Other City www.theothercity.com
Speakers: Philip Deitch: HIV/AIDS advocate; Joel Jackson, youth advocacy coordinator, Project ARK; Steve Houldsworth, case manager, St. Louis Effort for AIDS

In every city, there’s another city that visitors rarely see. But this other city isn’t just anywhere — it’s in Washington, D.C. The very city that is home to the capitol of the most powerful country in the world has an HIV/AIDS rate that is not only the nation’s highest, but rivals some African countries. The Other City has stories of people who haven’t let lack of government assistance stop them – people who have taken matters into their own hands. The Other City is a tribute to ordinary people struggling to live their lives in dignity, to the compassionate ones who lessen their pain and to those who stand up to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS every day (90 min.).

Saturday, April 9 & Sunday, April 10
Film: Monica & David www.monicaanddavid.com
Speakers (April 9 only): Kate Hannon, Belle Center, and Diane Schuch, Down Syndrome Assoc. of Greater St. Louis

Monica & David explores the marriage of two adults with Down syndrome and the family who strives to support their needs. Monica and David are blissfully in love and want what other adults have — an independent life. Full of humor, romance and everyday family drama, the film uses intimate fly-on-the wall footage to reveal the complexity of their story. While Monica and David are capable beyond expectations, their parents, aware of mainstream rejection of adults with intellectual disabilities, have trouble letting go (68 min.).

Presented by the Multicultural Studies Committee with the generous support of the Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs (MCISA), Behavioral and Social Sciences Dept., College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communications, School of Education and the Webster Film Series.

For more information, contact Michael Hulsizer, chair, Multicultural Studies Committee, 314-246-5912


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