Refocus the Frame: Turning the Lens on Race and Racism
A series of powerful film screenings followed by facilitated discussion to stimulate insight and thoughtful dialogue. The films are free and all are welcome! Donations are also welcome!

Free film & discussion in conjunction with the 2017 Overcoming Racism conference:
The Blood is at the Doorstep
Friday November 3, 2017
In the Science Education Center - Room 115
5:30 Pizza & doors open
6:00 Film & dialogue
In 2014 in the city of Milwaukee, Dontre Hamilton was shot 14 times in broad daylight by a city police officer. While the case did not receive as much publicity as others in cities such as New York, Ferguson, Baltimore, and Falcon Heights, MN, the death of Dontre Hamilton generated much community response and an evolving conversation between Milwaukee’s citizens. The film intimately follows Dontre’s mother Maria and older brother Nate, as well as Milwaukee Police chief Ed Flynn, to explore the city’s response to and legacy of Dontre Hamilton’s death.

Free film & discussion in conjunction with the 2016 Overcoming Racism conference:
The Black Panthers, Vanguard of the Revolution
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Friday October 28, 2016
5:00 Food
5:30 Film & panel discussion

Black Panthers
Panelists: Local revolutionaries David Mura, Ellie Krug and Quincy Ballard

FREE film and discussion event in conjunction with the 2015 Overcoming Racism Conference
We Rock Long Distance Flyer
We Rock Long Distance
Friday November 13, 2015
Door opens and pizza served at 5:00
Film starts at 5:30
Discussion 7-8 pm with
Tou SaiKo Lee and Maria Isa
Founders Hall Auditorium, Metro State University 700 E. 7th St. St. Paul 55106
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Past events:

The Garden Film Flyer
The Garden
Friday, November 14, 2014
Door opens and pizza served at 5:00
Film starts at 5:30

Founders Hall Auditorium, Metro State University 700 E. 7th St. St. Paul 55106
In conjunction with the
2014 conference Overcoming Racism: Cultivating Transformation

The Garden is a documentary film directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy about the fight by a group of south central families to avoid having a 13 acre garden in South Central Los Angeles destroyed. Mostly immigrants from Latin America, from countries where they feared for their lives if they were to speak out, we watch them organize, fight back, and demand answers. The film explores and exposes the fault lines in American society and raises crucial and challenging questions about liberty, equality, and justice for the poorest and most vulnerable among us.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with local community activists.
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Co-sponsored film:

“Doctrine of Discovery” Documentary & Dialogue
April 29, 2014

Hamline University’s Sundin Hall
Free & open to the public. Click here for more information
January 31, 2014
The Indian System, Part 1 of StarDreamers—the Spirit Water People, traces the mid-1800s interaction of Dakota with the U.S. Government. This history was a period when treaties were forced upon the Dakota people, and were manipulated by such noted minnesotans as Henry H. Sibley and Alexander Ramsey. To learn more about the film, visit:
Post-film discussion with 38plus2 director Sheldon Wolfchild and historian Mark Diedrich.
The Indian System Film FlyerView/download the flyer

Preview screening of The Doctrine of Discovery, part two of STARDREAMERS: The Spirit Water People, in conjunction with the 2013 Overcoming Racism Conference.
The film will be followed by a discussion with 38plus2 director, Sheldon Wolfchild; Birgil Kills- Straight, Lakota elder; and Steven Newcomb, Shawnee-Lenape author and scholar, the principal person featured in the documentary.
Doctrine of Discovery Flyer

Saving Face
A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.
Thursday, September 26
7 pm (doors open at 6:30)
Metropolitan State University, Founders Hall Auditorium,
700 E 7th St St Paul, MN 55106
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Saving Face Flyer

The Central Park Five
Thursday, July 25
Capri Theater
2027 W. Broadway
Minneapolis, MN 55411

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The Central Park Five
The Central Park Five
tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. The film chronicles The Central Park Jogger case, for the first time from the perspective of these five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice.

Outlawing Shakespeare
Thursday, May 23, doors open 6:30 pm
Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater
1500 E. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Outlawing Shakespeare: Battle for the Tucson Mind is a documentary that focuses on the elimination of the Mexican American Studies program within the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) in Arizona. Under a federal de-segregation decree, Mexican American Studies was created and was successful at improving academic achievement for Latino students in Tucson until earlier in 2012 when it was shut down by the TUSD School Board. Directed and produced by Fernando James Orozco. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with local educators, students and community activists.
Outlawing Shakespeare

Screening and discussion of
Dakota 38
Free and open to the public
Friday, November 16, 5 - 8 pm
Metropolitan State University
Founders Hall Auditorium
E. 6th St. & Maria Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55106
Light refreshments prior to film

Dakota 38 flyer 2012 final

Open Season
September 12, 2012
6:30-8:30 pm
Metropolitan State University
Ecolab Room (3rd floor library)
645 East 7th St., St. Paul, MN

Open Season is a 57-minute documentary that tackles the impacts and racial reverberations of a violent hunting incident in Northern Wisconsin. (2011).
Directed by Mark Tang and Lu Lippold.
Followed by facilitated panel discussion.
-Free and open to the public
-Donations welcome
-Light refreshments available
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Co-sponsored by Community Action Against Racism (CAAR), Metropolitan State University, Brotherhood Inc., Pan-Asian Student Services (PASS), Discussions That Encounter

FREC Film Flyer Open Season

June 28, 2012
Capri Theater
Co-sponsored by NAACP St. Paul, YWCA Minneapolis, Jewish Community Action, Discussions That Encounter and Brotherhood Brew
An award-winning film about a Brooklyn teenager who juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.
Directed by Dee Rees, produced by Spike Lee. Winner of NAACP Image Award--Best Independent Film 2012. Excellence in Cinematography Award, Sundance 2011.
FREC Film Pariah flyer 2012(2) copy

9500 Liberty documents the first time in U.S. history that an Arizona-style immigration law was actually implemented—and the surprising grassroots opposition that led to its repeal.
Co-sponsored by Discussions that Encounter and
Brotherhood Brew.
Date: May 10, 2012
Location: Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S. in Minneapolis
Facilitators: Michelle Garnett McKenzie, Advocates for Human Rights and Juve Meza, Navigate