Panel Discussion “This is America, Vol. 1”
Posting this panel again here. This is worth a listen.
One of my Theatrical-At-Home clients, Sol Cinema Cafe, is moderating monthly discussions with black community leaders in cities across the U.S. This was their first.
I was able to listen in to their Facebook live panel discussion this afternoon about violence and racism in America.
The replay of the panel is here:
The short film showcase is here:
The last two months, I have felt many emotions — sad, helpless, curious, confused, helpful, angry, informed, misinformed, uncertain, etc… Just like many of us.
The panelists on this call have decades of knowledge, love, and experience from working in, uplifting and transforming their communities.
I was deeply moved and blown away listening to them talk through the issues and solutions based on their collective wisdom and experience.
A huge take away for me from the discussion today — listen, learn, be an ally, and offer support to leaders like these to take the lead in creating change in their communities. I don’t have to try to “make up” some task. There are already smart, dedicated people I can learn from who have been working on these very difficult problems in the trenches for decades. It’s so easy for us (for me) to want to “fix” or put an easy bandaid on a deep pain. Without listening to the years of knowledge that these men and women possess, I feel we (white people) run the risk of creating short-term, not long-term, solutions, applying a bandaid and avoiding the hard choices that might be needed for long-term change.
I feel lucky to have met Moikgantsi and Gregory at Sol Cinema Cafe and to have the opportunity to help them show films on their new streaming platform and to continue to learn from them, their community, and the artists they exhibit.
Originally published at http://www.jomafilms.com on July 25, 2020.