Multicultural Film and Speaker Series March 21-24

The 7th Annual Multicultural Studies Film and Speaker series will feature films highlighting various aspects of diversity in America. This year's films include Envisioning Home, The Wise Kids, and Deaf Jam. Each film will be followed by a presentation or panel discussion with the audience.

Dates: Thursday, March 21 – Sunday, March 24, 7:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m. on Sunday)

Location: Winifred Moore Auditorium, located in Webster Hall

Admission:  Free for Webster students with current ID, $6 for general public, $5 for seniors, alumni and students from other schools, and $4 for Webster University faculty and staff

Envisioning Home, Thursday, March 21, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 24, 3:30 p.m.

Envisioning Home explores the dramatic world of two imaginative leaders, Jean King and Richard Baron, two agents of change in public housing. A remarkable, homegrown leader, Jean King meets Richard Baron, a legal aide-turned-visionary planner and developer during the St. Louis tenant strike in 1968-69. From that moment to the present day, they have together changed the face of inner city life in St. Louis and beyond.  The film will be followed by a discussion with the audience.

The Wise Kids, Friday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m.

A Southern coming-of-age drama set in the transitional space between high school and college. Weaving through this ensemble piece are three main characters — Brea, an introspective pastor's daughter experiencing debilitating doubt; hyperactive Laura, Brea's best friend and a devout believer; and Tim, the open-hearted son of a single father, confronting his homosexuality for the first time. Tensions and buried feelings abound, as Brea, Laura and Tim attempt to hang onto what they have, all the while yearning to break free.  The film will be followed by a discussion with the audience.

Deaf Jam, Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m.

In Deaf Jam, Aneta Brodski seizes the day. She is a Deaf teen introduced to American Sign Language (ASL) poetry, who then boldly enters the spoken word slam scene. In a wondrous twist, Aneta, an Israeli immigrant living in the Queens section of New York City, eventually meets Tahani, a hearing Palestinian slam poet. The two young women embark on a hearing/deaf collaboration, a performance duet that is a metaphor for the complex realities they share — generating a new form of slam poetry that speaks to both the hearing and the Deaf. The film will be followed by a discussion with the audience.

For more information on the films, go to: www.webster.edu/filmseries.