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Date(s) - 03/09/2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

UCN Sanctuary


A Multicultural Film Series Is Coming to UCN!

Looking for something to do on Saturday mornings? How about you and the kids “Come Meet the Family!” Bridge the Divide, a Wisconsin Humanities Council grant recipient, is presenting a four-part series of family-friendly, narrative films to the North Shore.  Relationships are a large part of building a better community, but we tend to live secluded in our exurbs/suburbs with little exposure to people different from us racially, ethnically, religiously, and economically. These films will give us the opportunity to hear stories from African Americans, Native Americans, Mexican-Americans, Muslims, Jews, immigrants, and those living in poverty. Erica Turner and Dr. Fran Kaplan will moderate the talk-back as the cultural respondents offer insights and answer questions from the audience after each film.

Don’t pass up this chance for meaningful interaction with humanities experts as they share lived experiences and encourage us to build awareness, empathy, and understanding through the story-telling in film.

Each film begins at 9:30 am. The films are FREE and open to the public, ages 10 and up. Childcare is provided in the fellowship hall by Milwaukee Children’s Cooperative.

Register via Eventbrite to reserve your spot as seating is limited.

BTD is a not-for-profit organization – Donations are welcomed.

Hosted by the Unitarian Church North Social Justice Committee

March 9, 2019  “Gettin’ Grown”

On the eve of his 12th birthday, a task for his grandma takes Eric beyond his block and presents new challenges. MKE-born and raised writer-director Aaron Greer filmed this touching story about living as African American kid where he grew up. Awards include Chicago Children’s Film Festival, Milwaukee Film Festival, American Black Film Festival. Talkback: Aaron Greer, professor Loyola University, Chicago

March 16, 2019  “Arranged”

As their friendship grows, two first-year public school teachers – an Orthodox Jew and a Muslim discover they share much in common. Both their families are, as is traditional, arranging their marriages. One is pleased with her match, the other not so much, but with help from her clever friend, she too gets a happy ending. Talkback: Janan Najeeb, President, Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition

March 30, 2019  “Real Women Have Curves”

Ana, a 1st generation Mexican-American teenager, lives in predominantly Latino East LA. Just graduated from high school, she receives a full scholarship to Columbia U. But now that she’s a young woman, her parents need her to help provide for the family. How can Ana care for both herself and her family? Talkback: Dr. Stephanie Rivera Berruz, professor, Marquette University

April 13, 2019 “Smoke Signals”

This award-winning film was the first to be written, directed, acted, and co-produced by Native Americans. Two young friends make a road trip from their South Dakota reservation to Arizona. A modern tale – both funny and serious – of growing up, healing hurts, and dealing with stereotypes. Talkback: Arnold Chevalier, enrolled member, Menominee Nation; Board Treasurer, WI Humanities Council