Film Talk: Adelante, Wednesday, 2/15, 5-7pm

We are pleased to host the following film talks:

  • Adelante, Wednesday, 2/15, 5-7pm


  • "Adelante showcases an Irish Catholic church on the outskirts of Philadelphia that is attracting the patronage of Mexican immigrants in the area. With a personal glimpse at the lives of the vibrant community members - a remarkable Irish American priest, young Mexican immigrants, and older Irish parishioners - the film shows how churchgoers from various backgrounds have forged meaningful and heartfelt bonds of friendship and understanding. Once moribund, the church has become a place for American parishioners to learn about, accept, and embrace a group of immigrants that breathes new life into the community. The film shares the expectant joy of the newly arrived families as they establish lives in an unfamiliar, often bewildering country that offers opportunities entangled with sometimes painful compromises. At its core, Adelante is a celebration of two groups' growth and an embrace of their evolving community."
    -- Description

    Adelante (2014) is directed by the University of Pennsylvania graduate student Noam Osband and executive produced by Professor Stanton Wortham of the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. It was an Official Selection in the 17th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Awards include: Canada International Film Festival, 2014 - Rising Star Award; Memphis International Film Festival, 2014; UBC International Anthropology Film Festival, 2014; Athens Ethnographic Film Festival, 2014; and Society of Visual Anthropology Film Festival, 2014.

    For a related article, see "Documentary on Norristown's Mexican Community, Inspired by GSE Research, Airing on WHYY.

    This film talk will be attended by Professor Regina Cortina's students in Latinos in Urban Schools, Department of International and Transcultural Studies.

    If you are interested in joining, please rsvp with your details no later than Monday, February 13th, as space is limited.

    Where: 306 Russell

  • 180 Days to Hartsville, Friday, 2/3, 3-5pm


  • "Experience a year of a Southern town’s efforts to address the urgent demand for reform in American public schools, and watch what happens when the systems that can either fuel or diffuse that reform — bureaucracy, economic opportunity and fixed mindsets — interact and intersect."
    -- Description

    180 Days to Harsville (2015) is an acclaimed documentary co-directed by Jones and Garland McLaurin who travelled down to rural South Carolina to examine issues and challenges in public schools -- including desegregation, poverty, and the drop out crisis.

    Screening of Part Two will be followed by discussion, with consideration of the lessons learned and wider application.

    Where: 306 Russell

  • Anatomy of a Snowy Day, Monday, 2/13, 3-5pm


  • Anatomy of a Snowy Day is a 40 minute, award winning documentary film by 12 year old Zachary Maxwell that explores what happens when a New York City school remains open during a major winter storm. Zachary pursues the city government to understand how weather related emergencies influence school closings, offering "a lighthearted and inspiring tale for young people about intellectual curiosity, questioning authority, and the value of civic awareness" (DOC NYC).

    On the anniversary of the storm that occurred on February 13-14, 2014 and left as much as 20 inches of snow in Southeastern New York, this screening will be followed by light discussion and, weather permitting, play in the Russell courtyard (bring your mittens, and a carrot, or two).

    Please rsvp with your interest no later than Friday, February 10th.

    Where: 306 Russell



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