Join Sundance Institute's FILM FORWARD: Advancing Cultural Dialogue Sept.3-7 for the free screening of eight films with moderated discussions hosted throughout Tacoma. Filmmakers traveling with the program are Julia Meltzer (“The Light in Her Eyes”) and Jerry Rothwell (“Town of Runners”).
FILM FORWARD, a partnership of Sundance Institute and four U.S. federal cultural agencies, is a touring program that offers film screenings, workshops and discussions designed to foster dialogue and cross-cultural understanding. It uses the power of cinema to promote broader cultural understanding, inspire curiosity and enhance awareness of shared stories and values across generations, language, education and borders.
Here’s the film lineup for today:
Thursday, Sept. 5
“Bones Brigade: An Autobiography” Time: 3:30 p.m. Location: Tacoma Public Library, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S. Cost: Free Post film discussion: Ryan Spence, skateboarder and skate park designer; Robert Boyle and Kevin Carlton, Grit City Grindhouse; Ben Warner, Alchemy Skate Center; moderated by Taylor Woodruff, Grit City Grindhouse
Bones Brigade: An Autobiography Director: Stacy Peralta A gang of disenfranchised kids reject mainstream culture, channel their controlled desperation into a loser activity and redefine winning in the process. Mentored by a former world champion skateboarder, the "Bones Brigade" became history's most influential skateboarding team. Their countercultural impact continues to affect change with bestselling video games and books and millions of kids who embrace skateboarding around the world.
Time: 4:30-5 p.m.
Location: Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St.
Meet Julia Meltzer, director of “The Light in Her Eyes,” and enjoy the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf and Book Art Exhibit, "Al-Mutanabi Street." Light refreshments served.
“The Light in Her Eyes” – special screening with director Julia Meltzer
Time: 5 p.m. Location: Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St. Cost: Free Post film discussion: Julia Meltzer, director for “The Light in Her Eyes;” moderated by Dr. Turan Kayaoglu, Professor of Middle East Studies at University of Washington Tacoma
The Light in Her Eyes Directors: Julia Meltzer and Laura Nix Houda al-Habash, a conservative woman preacher in Damascus, Syria, calls girls to the practice of Islam, teaching them that pursuing their ambitions is a way of worshipping God. Shot right before the uprising in Syria erupted, The Light in Her Eyes offers an extraordinary portrait of a leader who challenges the women of her community to live according to Islam, without giving up their dreams.
“Town of Runners” – special screening with director Jerry Rothwell
Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave. Cost: Free Post film discussion: Jerry Rothwell, director of “Town of Runners;” moderated by Dr. Bill Kunz, University of Washington Tacoma
Town of Runners Director: Jerry Rothwell Town of Runners is a feature documentary about young people from the Ethiopian rural town of Bekoji, whose runners have won 10 Olympic Gold medals in the last 20 years. The film tells the story of three teenagers who want to follow in their heroes’ footsteps, as they move from school track to national competition and from childhood to adulthood, trying to run their way to a different life.