Anti-Racism Film Festival organizers hope to inspire ‘valuable discussions’ on racism

  • “True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equal Justice” will be screened as part of the Anti-Racism Film Festival on Sunday at All Souls Church in Greenfield, pictured. Staff File Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 10/22/2021 2:48:15 PM

GREENFIELD — The Social Justice Committee at All Souls Church will screen “True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equal Justice” during the 18th annual Anti-Racism Film Festival on Sunday.

The film will start at 2 p.m. in the church at 399 Main St. Organizers hope the film resonates with locals who have been affected by racism in their own lives.

The 2019 HBO documentary follows the story of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson and his defense of death row convicts in Alabama, and highlights the connections to broader racial dynamics within American society. A discussion, led by Greenfield resident Momodou Sarr, will follow the film screening.

In prior years, the Anti-Racism Film Festival consisted of multiple film screenings and a potluck supper. Although this year’s event has been condensed in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the intent remains the same. Social Justice Committee Co-Chair Molly Chambers said maintaining the tradition of the Anti-Racism Film Festival is particularly important for the area, having grown up locally and learning the reality of racism.

“I come from a multiracial family and we have directly experienced racism in the area,” Chambers said.

Chambers highlighted ongoing “racial bullying” within schools as a prominent form of racism locally. She also criticized school curriculums for overlooking racially significant aspects of social studies.

“I think, historically in our schools, there have been parts of our American history ... that have been omitted from our curriculum,” she said.

Chambers has observed the church’s film festivals initiating “some really valuable discussions” surrounding the topic of racism in the past.

“Typically, we’ve shown different films that show some aspect of racism in the United States,” she said. “Film can be a wonderful venue in facilitating these discussions in a way that can be life-changing.”

Entry to the church requires proof of vaccination. All attendees are required to wear a mask. Social distancing will also be required.

Those who cannot attend Sunday’s film screening in person may view the film on Hulu and Amazon Prime. Those who would like to tune in to the 4 p.m. discussion virtually can email administrator@uugreenfield.org to receive a Zoom link.

Reach Julian Mendoza at 413-772-0261, ext. 261 or jmendoza@recorder.com.


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