Multi-cultural family film series with talk-backs begins March 9

Children (10 and up), their parents and other adults are invited to a new film festival in Mequon beginning this Saturday, March 9th. Come Meet the Family! is a chance for North Shore families to meet people from diverse cultures by seeing their stories told in award-winning family-friendly films and asking questions of experts from those cultures in post-film talkbacks. All programs begin at 9:30am. Post-screening talkbacks at 11:00am. Free childcare for kids under 10, by registration.

Presented by Bridge the Divide and hosted at the Unitarian Church North, Come Meet the Family! is free and open to the public by registration at

The four movies are:
March 9th @ 9:30am – 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 16th @ 9:30am – 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
RSVP – https://bridgethedivide_arranged_janannajeeb.eventbrit

March 30th @ 9:30am – 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 13th @ 9:30am – 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


The USA is the most diverse country on earth, but most families live in communities with little diversity. This program builds bridges among communities and families. Bridge the Divide recognizes the global impact of living our lives separated from one another, but contends that events such as this begin the process of racial repair which leads to racial reconciliation.

“Come Meet the Family” is funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture, and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin.

Co-sponsors include ….Wisconsin Humanities Council, Bridge the Divide, Nurturing Diversity Partners, Unitarian Church North, Milwaukee Childcare Collective