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Williams College To Present Social Change Film Series

02:06PM / Monday, November 11, 2013
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Davis Center at Williams College will sponsor a Social Change Film Series at Images Cinema.

The series aims to highlight mainstream and independent films that speak to issues of diversity in ideology, social identity, injustice, prejudice, and discrimination. The films selected are meant to encourage critical thought and cross-cultural communication.

The film series will continue on Monday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. with "Gun Hill Road," in observance of Latina/o Heritage Month. "Gun Hill Road" tells the story of a recently emancipated prisoner named Enrique as he returns home to his family in the Bronx, N.Y., finding that the world that he knew has changed. While Enrique clings to his masculine ideals, he must become the father he needs or once again risk losing his family and freedom.

The next film in the series, "Regeneration," is shown as part of Martin Luther King Day events on Monday, Jan. 20, at 5:30 p.m. Highlighting activism, the film depicts the forces that galvanized the Occupy movement, and the ways in which a new generation of young people is coming to terms with a rapidly changing world.

As part of Food Fest at Images Cinema and in celebration of Black History Month, the film series will continue on Saturday, March 1, at 5 p.m. with "Soul Food Junkies." This documentary examines the persistence of food traditions as they are passed on from generation to generation, focusing on the traditional soul food diet and its relevance to black cultural identity.

The last film of the series, titled "The Slanted Screen," will be screened on Monday, April 14, at 7 p.m. in celebration of Asian/American Heritage Month. Winner of the Best Short Documentary award at the New York International Independent Film & Video Film Festival, The Slanted Screen explores the portrayals of Asian men in American cinema, chronicling the experiences of actors who have had to struggle against ethnic stereotyping and limiting roles.

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