Amherst Together, the Amherst, Pelham and Regional Public Schools and the Amherst Human Rights Commission are pleased to present the Spring Festival of Films for Humanity. During the month of April, a total of six films will be screened that explore global perspectives on humanity. The festival is designed to create an opportunity for the community to contemplate and discuss important social issues that exist within our society. The Spring Festival of Films for Humanity launches phase two of the Amherst Together initiative, that is focused on advancing social literacy.
Ivory Tower, the premiere film of the Spring Festival of Films for Humanity screens on Tuesday April 5, 2016 at the Amherst Regional High School auditorium. Ivory Tower looks at the $1 trillion dollar student loan debt, while examining the business of higher education at the expense of students. Directed by Andrew Rossi. If You Build It follows designer Emily Pilloton and architect Matt Miller into one of the poorest counties in North Carolina to teach students the art of problem solving within their community. Directed by Patrick Creadon. Wednesday April 6, 2016. Amherst Middle School library. The Human Family Tree sets out to trace the ancestral footsteps of all humanity, traveling to one of the most diverse corners of the world, Queens, NY, to demonstrate how we all share common ancestors who embarked on very different journeys. Directed by Chad Cohen. Monday April 11, 2016. Amherst Middle School auditorium. More than A Month follows one man’s quest to end Black History Month. This film looks into how exploring history shapes how we treat it and how we value it while also shaping the narrative behind it. At the core of this film, it looks into what it means to be an American and to fight for one’s rights. Directed by Shukree Tilghman. Tuesday April 12, 2016. Amherst Middle School auditorium. The True Cost is a story about the clothing we wear everyday, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. This story questions who really pays the price for our clothing while also looking into how the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. Directed by Andrew Morgan. Wednesday April 13th, 2016. Amherst Regional High School auditorium. The House I Live In looks into the true cost of America’s losing war on drugs. This film offers a picture of the human rights implications of America’s longest war. Directed by Eugene Jarecki. Wednesday April 27, 2016. Amherst Middle School auditorium.
“Our community thrives on discourse and people consistently ask for more opportunities to talk,” said Carol Ross, Media & Climate Communications Specialist. “Film is such a wonderful tool to inspire new perspectives and encourage meaningful dialog.”
All film screenings begin at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. A facilitated talk-back or opportunities for feedback will immediately follow. The film festival is free and open to the public. Please contact Carol Ross, Media & Climate Communications Specialist, at 362-1820 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or go to www.amhersttogether.org