The First Annual
Equity in Education Film Festival
with Guest, Antwi Akom

September 16th & 17th, 2011
Starz Theatre Complex | Tivoli | Auraria Campus

"What most of us must be involved in--whether we teach or write, make films, write films, direct films, play music, act, whatever we do--has to not only make people feel good and inspired and at one with other people around them, but also has to educate a new generation to do this very modest thing: change the world." — Howard Zinn

Along with the Office of P-20 Education Initiatives and Anschutz Medical Center Office of Inclusion and Diversity, the Center for Culturally Responsive Urban Education is hosting a two-day film festival on September 16th and 17th, 2011. The focus of the Equity in Education Film Festival is to provide a venue for critical inquiry about the issues that impact public schools and education reform and bring together the multiple perspectives of various stakeholders – teachers, school personnel, policy makers, academics, community members, families, and students. Our mission is to frame the ideas from a larger context of education reform in urban schools, to provoke thought on the issues through narratives and counter-narratives from the films, and shift the way we as a community have conversations about the issues that impact Colorado schools.

Keynote Speaker- Dr. Antwi Akom

Dr. Akom is a leading expert on the green economy, climate change, and educational equity. His research focuses on the links between race, environmental health, and educational equity in cities and schools; the role of the green economy in facilitating pathways out of poverty for vulnerable populations; and the role of local knowledge in the production of environmental health and educational equity. Professor Akom's research and practice works to build partnerships between local residents, schools and universities, environmental and educational experts, community based organizations, labor unions, green businesses, and city planners working together to generate policy and planning solutions that improve community health, economic mobility, and the pedagogies and practices of community leaders and decision-makers.

Professor Akom is currently working with The California Endowment, and a number of non-profit organizations, to conceptualize a set of "Emerald city" projects and develop a set of "Green Health Equity" indicators; all aimed at promoting human health, job creation, and environmental sustainability. He is also working with the Ella Baker Center, the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and the East Bay Green Corridor to create "Green Education Technology" (GET) academies that attract and engage students, especially low-income students, students of color, and other vulnerable populations who have been marginalized by the educational system, for career pathways into existing and emerging green energy careers.

Film Festival Schedule

Friday September 16th 2011
6:30 pmKeynote Address by Dr. Antwi Akom
 North Classroom Room 1130
8:00 pm Unnatural Causes Viewing
 Starz Theatre Complex @ Tivoli
Saturday September 17th 2011
10:30 am - 12:30 pmMovie Session 1 with a 30 minute expert panel
 The Inconenient Truth of Waiting for Superman
 Unnatural Causes
1:00 pm - 3:30 pmMovie Session 2 with a 30 minute expert panel
 Precious Knowledge
 The People Speak
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmMovie Session 3 with a 30 minute expert panel
 The Inconenient Truth of Waiting for Superman
 Precious Knowledge
 The People Speak


Unnatural Causes
Episode 1: In Sickness and in Wealth
Directed By: Llewellyn M. Smith

What are the connections between healthy bodies, healthy bank accounts and skin color? Our opening episode travels to Louisville, Kentucky, not to explore whether medical care cures us but to see why we get sick in the first place, and why patterns of health and illness reflect underlying patterns of class and racial inequities.

Episode 5: Place Matters
Produced and Directed by: Ellie Lee

Why is your street address such a good predictor of your health? Latino and Southeast Asian immigrants like Gwai Boonkeut have been moving into long–neglected urban neighborhoods such as those in Richmond, California, a predominantly Black city in the San Francisco Bay Area. Segregation and lack of access to jobs, nutritious foods, and safe, affordable housing have been harmful to the health of long–time African American residents, and now the newcomers' health is suffering too.

Precious Knowledge

Precious Knowledge interweaves the transformative stories of seniors in the Mexican American Studies Program at Tucson High School. Inequalities in education continue to affect people of color. The ticking time bomb story of our time is that fewer than six in 10 Latino adults in the United States have a high school diploma. These alarming dropout rates will continue to have a serious impact on our nation. Our documentary goes further, however, by illustrating forms of critical pedagogy that can empower Latino youth and other youth of color and change this state of affairs.

Directed By: Anne Galisky

“Papers” is the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status. There are approximately 2 million undocumented children who were born outside the U.S. and raised in this country. These are young people who were educated in American schools, hold American values, know only the U.S. as home and who, upon high school graduation, find the door to their future slammed shut.

The People Speak
Produced By: Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Chris Moore, Anthony Arnove, and Howard Zinn
Co-Directed By: Chris Moore, Anthony Arnove and Howard Zinn

"The People Speak" is inspired by Howard Zinn's groundbreaking books "A People's History of the United States" and "Voices of a People's History of the United States." Using dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries and speeches of everyday Americans, the documentary feature film THE PEOPLE SPEAK gives voice to those who spoke up for social change throughout U.S. history, forging a nation from the bottom up with their insistence on equality and justice.

The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman

The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting For “Superman” highlights the real-life experiences of public school parents, students and educators to show how so-called reforms are actually hurting public education. The film discusses the kinds of real reform – inside schools and in our society as a whole – that we urgently need to genuinely transform education in this country.

Ticketing Information

**All tickets include admission to Dr. Antwi Akom's keynote address.

General Admission Single Event – $12
Student Single Event – $9

– A single event ticket may be purchased for viewing of a single documentary.

General Admission Weekend Pass – $27
Student Weekend Pass – $22

–The Weekend Pass includes attendance to all documentary viewings for the entire event.

Tickets will be on sale August 19th.

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