Friday, January 14, 2011

Cultural Movie Events at the PNA

Movie Screening and Discussion: “The House We Live In” of the PBS series "Race: The Power of an Illusion."

Sunday, February 27, 2011
3-5pm (film screening from 3-4pm + facilitated discussion from 4-5pm)
Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 7 (6532 Phinney Ave N)

In honor of Black History Month, the PNA will host a screening of “The House We Live In,” an episode from the PBS documentary series "Race: The Power of an Illusion." The one hour film will be followed by a facilitated discussion.

This will be the first in a series of monthly movie events between now and the end of June, hosted by the Cultural Engagement Workgroup at the PNA. The film series will explore society’s social institutions and how systems and behaviors perpetuate and reinforce discriminatory practices and inequities. Through screenings and facilitated discussions, the PNA intends to build a comfortable community space for education and thought – initiating conversations about important social topics. Members are encouraged to join us on that journey.

This series of films and discussions is also timely in view of the soon to be released 2010 Census data, which will further illustrate that the USA is becoming increasingly diverse. In the past, Census projections have stated that by the year 2050, there will be no minorities or majority race in the United States.

“One of the PNA's goals is to engage the community in meaningful conversations that build bridges of understanding and appreciation of differences,” says Executive Director, Lee Harper. “This movie series also gives all of us the opportunity to explore our feelings and perceptions about race, culture and social justice issues.”

In the fall of 2010, the PNA formed a staff-led workgroup called the Cultural Engagement Workgroup (CEW), with the goals of developing a long-term cultural engagement strategy here at the PNA. Members are encouraged to participate in CEW programs with the goal of increasing awareness and appreciation of similarities and differences in our community, which, in turn, will enable neighbors and staff to develop ways to work toward increasing equity and racial and social justice.

More information about the film can be found at For more information about the screening, contact Executive Director, Lee Harper, at or 206-783-2244, or call Marketing Director, Alex Eckardt, at or 206-783-2244.

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