Changemaker Film Series

    September 12, 2016 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    YWCA of Southern Arizona
    525 N Bonita Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85745


    “Series of eight Workshops presented by Rob Canfield and Mary Molinary.

    Black on Screen: Race and Cinema

    Have you ever wondered how we got here and why we just can’t we (sic) seem to “get past race?” What is shaping the way we see, think about and act towards each other? In this series, we’ll watch 8 films and explore how race is portrayed in films from around the world. We’ll talk about how what we see on the screen shapes the way we look at and related (sic) to each other. You’ll go away with new insights, a new vocabulary and new tools to use as you work for justice in your own life, workplace and community. Plus, you’ll never watch the movies in the same way again.”

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    1. First class introduction by Dr. Canfield about race and film, using handout The “War” 1963 speech by Emperor Haile Selassie I, followed by viewing of 1991 movie “Suture”, a parody about race identity of two brothers in Phoenix – one white, one black, a criminal investigation, an Asian psychiatrist, a plastic surgeon/lover. Handouts as homework for next week, class will be at 7 p.m. at the YWCA, thereafter all at 6 p.m.

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