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|Location||Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford, VA 22558|
|Date||Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 10:00am - 12:00pm|
|Additional Info Link||http://www.stratfordhall.org/events/forum-on-racial-understanding-american-denial/|
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Join us on March 25, 2017, at 10 a.m. for a free showing of the film American Denial in the duPont Library at Stratford Hall. The showing is an example of Community Cinema and a public forum. It is a space for people to gather who are connected by a love of stories and a belief in their power to change the world. The showing will be a tool to facilitate dialogue and deepen understanding of the complex issues raised in the film American Denial.
The film will be followed by a moderated discussion. The film follows the story of Swedish researcher Gunnar Myrdal whose landmark 1944 study, An American Dilemma, probed deep into the United States’ racial psyche. It weaves a narrative that exposes some of the potential underlying causes of racial biases still rooted in America’s systems and institutions today. American Denial sheds light on the unconscious political and moral world of modern Americans, using archival footage, newsreels, nightly news reports, and rare southern home movies from the ‘30s and ‘40s, as well as research footage, websites, and YouTube films showing psychological testing of racial attitudes. Exploring “stop-and-frisk” practices, the incarceration crisis, and racially-patterned poverty, the film features a wide array of historians, psychologists, and sociologists who offer expert insight and share their own personal, unsettling stories. The result is a unique and provocative film that challenges our assumptions about who we are and what we really believe.
Schedule of Activities:
John L. Johnson, Ed.D.
Johnson resigned from Syracuse University in 1971 to become the associate superintendent of schools for specialized education in Washington, D.C. Dr. John L. Johnson continues to balance his role as an educator and an activist and remains committed to finding solutions to problems of inequality.
Jon M. Bachman
Hear from experts – historians, psychologists, sociologists and Myrdal’s daughters – all filmed directly to camera. Witnesses exhume unconscious feelings that Americans have about themselves and others and ask: How to reconcile individual feelings and thoughts with the bedrock values of our democracy?
A Film by Llewellyn Smith, Christine Herbes-Sommers and Kelly Thomson, produced in 2014, American Denial is a co-production of Vital Pictures and Independent Television Service. Funds provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Fletcher Foundation.