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Lunch on Fridays: Social Justice and the Power of Documentary Film

October 08 2021

When 12:15pm - 1:30pm

MIXED filmmakers Leena Jayaswal and Caty Borum Chattoo.

MIXED filmmakers Leena Jayaswal and Caty Borum Chattoo.

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Spend your lunch hour hearing from American University professors and filmmakers Caty Borum Chattoo and Leena Jayaswal, who will share their expertise in the power of documentary film to create social change. They'll provide insight into social-issue storytelling and discuss their new film, MIXED, from 12:15 to 1:30pm Friday, October 8.

This event will be hosted on Zoom Webinar via this link:

MIXED will be shown at 7pm Thursday, October 7 at the Cinematheque in partnership with the Greater Cleveland Film Commission. Two mothers—one brown, one white—set off on a journey together to explore what it means to be a biracial child living in a mixed-race family in so-called “post-racial America.” Insights from their family members and others illustrate America’s deep cultural ambivalence about its rapidly changing mixed-race reality. View the trailer here and buy Cinematheque tickets here.

Jayaswal, a Northeast Ohio native, and Chattoo have made social justice a central focus of their work. In the wake of worldwide protests after the death of George Floyd and the sweeping #BlackLivesMatter movement, MIXED offers a new lens into race and the lives of the first generation of mixed-race kids and families to be counted in the U.S. Census.

This Lunch on Fridays lecture and the film's Cinematheque screening are part of a four-day span of events surrounding MIXED. Learn more via the Greater Cleveland Film Commission's website.

Please note: When you click on this link, Zoom will open a web browser and prompt you to download (or update) your software. You may want to do this a few minutes prior to start time, so that you're ready when the presentation begins.


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