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Nov 18 2005
Social Justice Film Series at UU Church

The third film in our Social Justice Film Series will be presented on Sunday, November 20, at 6 p.m., when we will view two short films which we hope will enhance the spirit of " Welcoming and Inclusiveness" within our community. First up will be We’re Your Neighbors. This film was produced by Charleston-based filmmakers Steve Lepre and Mark McKinney who are partners in Sunhead Projects of Mount Pleasant. We’re Your Neighbors, focusing on gay people living in the Charleston area, aired on SCETV in November 2004. A frank and open discussion with gay people who discuss who they are, how they feel and how they are perceived, the film examines some of the challenges of living as a homosexual in a Southern, Bible-belt city and the closeness of their community within a community.

Then we have Gay Youth. This film features interviews with gay youth and their families and classroom discussions with peers. Also portrayed is the emotional strain placed on gay youth by intense feelings of isolation that frequently leads to drug and alcohol abuse, violence, homelessness, and even suicide. By breaking the silence surrounding adolescent homosexuality, the film shows that information, acceptance, and support can make differences in the lives of these young people. Gay Youth is a production by Pam Walton made in 1992 in New York City.

Facilitated "Discussion Circles" will provide an opportunity to share views and feelings about the films from the standpoint of the personal experiences and background of the participants, in an atmosphere free of judgment and criticism. When a group of participants concludes that action is needed to deal with a particular issue, volunteers will assume responsibility for implementing a plan of action.

The meeting will be held in Unitarian Church’s Gage Hall. Depending on the degree of interest and the scope of the discussions, the meetings could last as long as 3 hours. Light refreshments will be served during the discussion session.

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