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Equity Film Nights

Join us to watch documentaries and feature films from an intersectional lens. Facilitated discussion after the films will focus on having critical, courageous conversations that center personal experience, multiple perspectives and the social construction of race and gender. Register on PowerSchool by close of business the day before the event. Zoom links will be sent to all participants the day of the film. Clock hours are provided for all staff. EAs will also receive in-service credits. 

23-24 Film Nights

Virtual Equity Film Night




Bending the Arc

Thursday, October 26, 2023 5:30 - 8:30PM

The Center for Equity and Culture is Looking Globally to Act Locally through our film series in the 23-24 school year. "Bending the Arc" tells the story of public health. A fledgling group of unstoppable health advocates set out to change health care.  While the establishment declared it was impossible to treat poor people suffering from certain deadly diseases, Partners in Health, led by Paul Farmer, “reshaped our understanding” of “what it means to treat health as a human right and the ethical and political obligations that follow.” Film viewing and the panel will show us a global crisis and challenge us to think locally about our part as patients and consumers of public health. This event will be virtual and a discussion will follow.


22-23 Film Nights




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Thursday, April 20, 2023 | 5:30 - 8:30pm 

Join the SPPS Center for Equity and Culture for a film and panel discussion on bias, a documentary by Robin Hauser that challenges us to confront our hidden biases and understand what we risk when we follow our gut. Panelists included in the discussion bring perspectives from implicit bias in local housing and criminal policy as well as research from Harvard University and University of Toronto. The evening is open to all, and licensed staff will receive two clock hours and one cultural competency credit in implicit bias (P3). This event will be virtual and a discussion will follow. Register on  PowerSchool by April 19. A Zoom invite will be sent on April 20. Course title: EQUITY/MLR (P3): Equity Film Night - Bias Course number: 5147






Virtual Equity Film Night - Surge


 Thursday, January 19, 2023 | 5:30 - 8:30pm 

Join the SPPS Center for Equity and Culture for a film and panel discussion on Surge, a documentary that follows first-time female candidates who felt the lack of representation of women in politics needed to change. Surge is about the record number of first-time female candidates who ran, won and upended politics in the historic, barrier-breaking 2018 midterm elections. Surge reflects on what drove women to disrupt the implicit bias of what elected leaders look like. The opening narrator states, “This is what history teaches us. Those who are not white or not male–or both–are presumed in some way to be marginal to that fully human, fully realized, fully comprehensible citizen that is the white male.” Viewers see the challenges and triumphs of building grassroots campaigns and how belonging in society cannot happen without representation in politics. Register on PowerSchool by January 18. A Zoom invite will be sent on January 19. Course title: EQUITY/MLR (P3): Equity Film Night - Surge Course number: 21250



Far From the Tree

Thursday, October 27, 2022 | 5:30 - 8:30pm 
Far From the Tree, a documentary based on the book by Andrew Solomon, looks at families with profoundly different parents and children in an attempt to understand his own relationship to his parents. Through this film, we encounter a man with Down syndrome, a teenager with autism, and a married couple with dwarfism, and watch the intimate moments where they and their parents make space for each other. In making space for each other, they create space for everyone to belong. Solomon challenges our thinking about how society influences our thinking about identity and illness and belonging while presenting a portrayal of family that is tender, raw, and hopeful. Register on PowerSchool by October 26. A Zoom invite will be sent on October 27.
Course title: EQUITY/MLR (P4): Equity Film Night - Far From the Tree Course number: 21072


21-22 Film Nights

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Mr. Soul

Thursday, January 13, 2022 | 5:30 - 8:30pm 
From 1968 to 1973, the public television variety show SOUL!, guided by the enigmatic producer and host Ellis Haizlip, offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music, and politics—voices that had few other options for national exposure, and, as a result, found the program an improbable place to call home. The series was among the first to provide expanded images of African Americans on television, shifting the gaze from inner-city poverty and violence to the vibrancy of the Black Arts Movement. With participants’ recollections and illuminating archival clips, Mr. SOUL! captures a critical moment in culture whose impact continues to resonate, and an unsung hero whose voice we need now more than ever to restore the SOUL of a nation. Join the Office of Equity in watching this celebration of Black history and culture with your colleagues and engaging in facilitated discussion after the film.
Register on PowerSchool by January 12. A Zoom invite will be sent on January 13.
Course title: CEC: Equity Film Night - Mr. Soul Course number: 20402


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Thursday, December 2, 2021 | 5:30 - 8:30pm 

Disclosure looks at transgender depictions in film and television, revealing how Hollywood simultaneously reflects and manufactures our deepest anxieties about gender. Join us to watch the film online, and participate in facilitated discussion with colleagues afterwards. Register by December 1, Zoom link provided on December 2. Cultural Competency (P2) and TA-Lane change hours provided. 


20-21 Film Nights

Nextwave Youth Film Competition: An Evening of Short Films by Youth 

Nextwave Equity Film Night

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 | 5:30 - 8:30pm 
A celebration of the new generation of cinematic story-tellers, Nextwave Youth Film Competition is the premier regional showcase for young media makers under age 18 and an opportunity for youth to engage with peers and mentors in the field. Youth films are selected by youth to screen in a showcase at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. The 2021 Nextwave Youth Film Competition will be screened in May as part of the 2021 MSP International Film Festival.  Join us in April to watch the 2020 films, hear from program organizers, and learn how your students can be involved in next year's competition.

Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

Crip Camp

Monday, March 8, 2021 | 5:30 - 8:30pm 

On the heels of Woodstock, a group of teen campers are inspired to join the fight for disability civil rights. This spirited look at grassroots activism is executive produced by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. The film will be shown virtually and followed by a facilitated discussion. Register on PowerSchool (under CEC) by close of business the day before the event. Zoom links will be sent to all participants the day of the film.

Out North: MNLGBTQ History

Out North

Thursday, February 18, 2021 | 5:30-8:30pm

Out North: MNLGBTQ History is the first-ever, full-length film to document and honor Minnesota’s LGBTQ history. The film will lift up the stories of well-known and largely unknown LGBTQ Minnesotans who found each other and spoke out when it was a tremendous risk to do so. The film will also explore some of the important ways that Minnesota has played a significant role in the national movement for LGBTQ equality. The film will be shown virtually and followed by a facilitated discussion.



Monday, November 30th, 2020 | 6:00-8:00pm

This coming-of-age story, set in the Twin Cities, follows four Hmong teens in the summer of 1985 who venture out on a perilous journey to find a mythical dragon dwelling in a mysterious and forgotten lake somewhere in the great wilderness of...Minnesota? After viewing the film together, we will be joined by the film's writer and director, Kang Vang, for a discussion.

Jim Crow of the North

Jim Crow of the North

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 | 6:00-8:00pm

Jim Crow of the North charts the progression of racist policies and practices in Minneapolis, from the advent of restrictive covenants after the turn of the last century to their final elimination in the late 1960s. The film will be followed by a discussion led Daniel Bergin, Film Director, and Kirsten Delegard, Project Director of The Mapping Prejudice Project, whose work is featured in this film. Learn how you can help bring this work to Ramsey County, and receive resources to teach this content to your students.