Special Events for 2010 Joint Conference
The People SpeakMonday, June 28 -
At this session, selections from The People Speak, a documentary film, will be presented. Using dramatic and musical performances of the words of everyday Americans, this film gives voice to those who spoke up for social justice throughout our history.
Narrated by acclaimed historian Howard Zinn (A People’s History of the United States), the film features dramatic performances by Danny Glover, John Legend, Benjamin Bratt, Rosario Dawson, Sandra Oh, Q’orianka Kilcher, Marisa Tomei, and other artists. It was produced by Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Chris Moore, Anthony Arnove, and Zinn.
The People Speak had its television premiere in December 2009 on the History Channel. The People Speak educational DVD, including short video modules suitable for classroom use, standards-based curricular material with original lesson plans and activities, will be released in Fall 2010. Learn more at The People Speak web site.
The film will also be shown in its entirety two times:
Tuesday, June 29 - Balcony L
- 8:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
- 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
A Night at the Movies: La MissionMonday, June 28 - Preservation Hall
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Growing up in the Mission district of San Francisco, Che Rivera (Benjamin Bratt) has always had to be tough to survive. In his barrio, he is respected for his masculinity and fists—and for his skill at building lowrider cars. Che is a reformed inmate and recovering alcoholic, but he is tested like never before when he learns that his pride and joy, his only son, Jes, is gay. This award-winning film was written and directed by Peter Bratt.
Photo Exhibit: Hate Hurts/Love Heals
Monday, June 28-Tuesday, June 29 - Preservation Hall Foyer
As a Holocaust victim, Henri Landwirth suffered terrible cruelty at the hands of the Nazis. But he has overcome his hatred and dedicated his life to helping others overcome theirs. He founded the organization Hate Hurts/Love Heals. His photo exhibit tells the story of how he and five others, whose lives could have been consumed by hatred, were able to spread the message that love and forgiveness can change you and the world. The Hate Hurts web site tells how young people can start a Hate Hurts chapter in their school.
Landwirth will be given the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Award at this year’s NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards Dinner, July 2, at the New Orleans Convention Center.