The Winchester Multicultural Network is once again participating in the YWCA’s Stand Against Racism campaign, joining more than 100 other Greater Boston organizations in an effort to raise awareness and facilitate action toward achieving racial equity.
The official campaign week takes place Monday, April 24 through Sunday, April 30 but the Network’s event, a screening of the film American Denial, is scheduled for Thursday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Next Door Theater, 40 Cross Street, Winchester.
American Denial asks the questions: “Do you think racism is an inherent part of the fabric of America? Are all Americans, regardless of race, complicit in the perpetuation of racial biases in our country?” The film looks back on Swedish filmmaker Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 landmark study An American Dilemna and asks “How much has changed in race relations since Myrdal conducted his study, and what hasn’t changed much at all?”
Two of the film’s director and producers Llewellyn Smith and Kelly Thomson will attend the Winchester screening of American Denial and participate in a moderated Q & A afterwards. The Network’s Executive Director Aba Taylor says “These filmmakers are the same people behind award-winning documentaries like “Race the Power of An Illusion” and “Unnatural Causes” and we are so privileged to have them join us for this screening, as they are not only people who are blazing trails in the world of documentaries, but are so dedicated to using their platform to bring much needed awareness to pressing social issues of our time.
The American Denial premiered on PBS in February, 2015 and was nominated for an Emmy in 2016. In an interview posted on the film’s website, the film’s other producer, Christine Herbes-Sommers, encourages people to take the Implicit Bias test included in the film and available on the website. “Then,” she hopes viewers “will share this intimate understanding of themselves with others — black and white — and experience how we are all swimming in the same water of messages, biases, behaviors, and internal conflicts.”
This special event is free and open to all.
film is 60 minutes long