By Lek Siu, Staff Writer
Finding your place in peace and justice is more than a film series. It’s about exploring and discovering answers to questions that address your identity, views, and learning how to make a difference.
There is, however, a film series that can help. The series, being run by the American Friends Service Committee, is showing Sundays from 3-6 p.m. in Bryan Jr. Auditorium on Guilford College campus.
“The film series is about bringing diverse people together to explore the massive topics that grapple with the questions of lack of peace, lack of human needs and rights being met, lack of social justice, lack of quality education and activism,” said AFSC Volunteer Project Manager Ellie Richard. “The series is for people willing to get curious and wonder where, how, what they can do to better our world.”
To organize this series, the AFSC is collaborating with representatives from Guilford College, UNCG, A&T and other local groups.
The AFSC is a Pennsylvania-based Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, according to their website. The AFSC works with people of diverse backgrounds worldwide nurturing seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social connections and systems.
“Our primary target audience is youths,” said Richard, “high school students, college-aged ones, regular citizens, and others who are curious, concerned, want to learn more and would like to connect with activist people and organizations.”
The film series includes participatory activities, group discussion, and tabling by local organizations to encourage civic engagement.
AFSC staff member Latonia Etheridge said the film series is “to engage young immigrant students who attend the Elimu Learning Center (an afterschool academic program that helps at-risk refugees and immigrants, especially African students from different regions, to achieve academic success), other immigrant students, and the local Greensboro community to get them charged to become civic-minded participants with pressing social issues that affect all beings.”
The themes for the film series include: peace, human rights and needs, social justice and identity, and meaningful engagement in activism.
The most recent film, “The Other Side of Immigration,” focused on human rights and needs.
The film asks why many Mexicans have left home to work in the United States and what has happened to those families and communities they left behind.
Many young people from elementary to high school, college students, and the local Greensboro community came out to watch the film on Sunday, Oct. 6, in Bryan Jr. Auditorium.
“I think the film was great at transparency,” said junior Noelle Lane. “We got to see what’s going on from the source, the individuals in Mexico who are arrested by NAFTA.”
After watching the film, the audience participated in an activity called “Interactive Immigration Assimilation” to experience what it’s like to be a Mexican immigrant.
The activity divided the participants into six families with every family having their own land in Mexico. They have to work hard to support their families to make a living.
“It’s very tedious,” said Children Home Society staff member Bernard Leak during the activity. “I think I should pay more for my job.”
In the end, only one family stayed and many families left home to seek better living conditions due to lack of resources and how hard life is to deal with.
“Most people really enjoyed the activity,” said AFSC staff member Lori Khamala. “Having something very participatory helped engage young people.”
Khamala added, “Our event focused on the roots of migration, which is a very important issue that no one is talking about.”
The next film will be “Five Broken Cameras,” showing on Oct. 27, and is about life in Palestine.
*Editors Note* Check out the Campus Activity Page for a full schedule of the film series.