Ridgefield Playhouse diversity film series expands scope to include other cultures



The second year of the Ridgefield Playhouse diversity film series, sponsored by Aquarion Water Company, expands scope of topics to include other cultures

In 2020, The Ridgefield Playhouse, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit performing arts center, created our first Diversity Film Series in order to offer our patrons and our community the chance to explore cultural diversity through cinema. Throughout October and November, films depicting the black experience were shown, followed by an informative discussion moderated by an entertainment report. Cheryl Washington which gave a deeper insight into the film and its meaning. This season, thanks to the title sponsor Aquarius Water Company, the series is back and has broadened its scope to explore other cultures; In addition to the black experience, the films include Asians, Jews, Indigenous people, LGBTQ, special needs and more.

After each film, a pre-recorded interview, conducted by Cheryl Washington, will also be screened. These insightful talks can also be viewed later. The Ridgefield YouTube Playhouse channel.

Last season, high school classes used YouTube content in their classrooms to deepen discussions about diversity. Interviews will involve someone who is part of the film or has knowledge of the culture proposed as the subject in the film. A variety of films will be screened – from documentaries to historical themes and even pop culture – that will examine, celebrate and amplify voices from other heritages, cultures and identities.

The series consists of films that span the full spectrum of the human condition: joy and despair, hardships and triumph, hope and terror, all in addition to a holistic portrayal of contemporary directing and storytelling. Minari launches the series on Thursday January 27, in recognition of American Korea Day on January 13e and lunar new year on February 1st, with an uncompromising and rare representation of Asian immigrants adjusting to life in a new country while striving for the elusive and coveted American dream of prosperity. Our goal with this series is to increase awareness of the vibrant and complex cultures, histories and experiences that exist through the art of filmmaking.

MINARI

THURSDAY JANUARY 27, 2022 @ 7:30 PM

A tender, sweeping story about our roots, Minari follows a Korean-American family who move to a farm in Arkansas in search of their own American dream.

IN RECOGNITION OF THE KOREAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

SUMMER OF SOUL

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2022 @ 7:30 PM

In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and moving documentary, part a musical film, part a historical record created around an epic event that celebrated history, culture and history. black fashion.

IN RECOGNITION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH

QUEEN & SLIM

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 16, 2022 @ 7:30 PM

The story of the film centers on a young black couple (Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith) who run away after killing a police officer in the heat of an argument in self-defense during a traffic stop.

IN RECOGNITION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH

THE LADY SINGS THE BLUE

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2022 @ 7 P.M.

Celebrating her 50th birthday, the essence of Billie Holiday, one of America’s most beloved and memorable blues singers, was brilliantly captured in singer Diana Ross’ first tour de force.

IN RECOGNITION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH

BOMB

TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2022 @ 7:30 PM

BOMBSHELL is a provocative true story of three women who anchored one of America’s most powerful news networks and put their careers on the line to expose the man in charge, amid the tumultuous presidential campaign to 2016.

IN RECOGNITION OF WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

KEEP THE CHANGE

TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

When David is commissioned by a judge to participate in a social program, he is sure of one thing: he has no place. But when he’s tasked with touring the Brooklyn Bridge with Sarah, sparks fly.

IN RECOGNITION OF JEWISH CINÉASTES

PARASITE

WEDNESDAY MAY 4, 2022 @ 7:30 PM

This Oscar-winning film (Best Picture, Best Director, Best International Feature) follows a poor family who contemplate becoming employed by a wealthy family and infiltrates their homes posing as highly skilled and unrelated people. kinship. It is the first non-English language film to win the Oscar for best film.

ASIAN / AMERICAN PACIFIC HERITAGE MONTH RECOGNITION

DEAR WHITE

SUNDAY JUNE 19, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

2014 satirical black comedy-drama written, directed and co-produced by Justin Simien. The film focuses on escalating racial tensions at a fictional and prestigious Ivy League college from the perspective of several black students

IN RECOGNITION OF JUNE

HEALED

WEDNESDAY JUNE 29, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

“Cured” takes viewers into the campaign that led to a crucial but largely unknown moment in the struggle for LGBT equality: the 1973 decision of the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from its rights. list of mental illnesses.

IN RECOGNITION OF THE MONTH OF PRIDE

WIND RIVER

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 12, 2022 @ 7:30 PM

The film stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen as a US Fish and Wildlife Service tracker and FBI agent, respectively, as they attempt to solve a murder on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming.

IN RECOGNITION OF INDIGENOUS POPULATIONS DAY

For more information or to purchase a contactless home printing ticket ($ 10) go online at www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org or, you can visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and accessible to all.

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