Refocus the Frame: Turning the Lens on Race and Racism
A series of powerful film screenings followed by facilitated discussion to stimulate insight and thoughtful dialogue. The films are free and all are welcome! Donations are also welcome!


Next film and discussion even: Friday, November 14 at Metro State in St. Paul
The Garden
In conjunction with the
2014 conference
Overcoming Racism: Cultivating Transformation

Past events:

Co-sponsored film:
“Doctrine of Discovery” Documentary & Dialogue
April 29, 2014
Hamline University’s Sundin Hall
Free & open to the public. Click here for more information
January 31, 2014
The Indian System, Part 1 of StarDreamers—the Spirit Water People, traces the mid-1800s interaction of Dakota with the U.S. Government. This history was a period when treaties were forced upon the Dakota people, and were manipulated by such noted minnesotans as Henry H. Sibley and Alexander Ramsey. To learn more about the film, visit: www.38plus2productions.com.
Post-film discussion with 38plus2 director Sheldon Wolfchild and historian Mark Diedrich.
The Indian System Film FlyerView/download the flyer

Preview screening of The Doctrine of Discovery, part two of STARDREAMERS: The Spirit Water People, in conjunction with the 2013 Overcoming Racism Conference.
The film will be followed by a discussion with 38plus2 director, Sheldon Wolfchild; Birgil Kills- Straight, Lakota elder; and Steven Newcomb, Shawnee-Lenape author and scholar, the principal person featured in the documentary.
Doctrine of Discovery Flyer

Saving Face
A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.
Thursday, September 26
7 pm (doors open at 6:30)
Metropolitan State University, Founders Hall Auditorium,
700 E 7th St St Paul, MN 55106
View & share the flyer
Saving Face Flyer

The Central Park Five
Thursday, July 25
Capri Theater
2027 W. Broadway
Minneapolis, MN 55411

View & share the flyer
The Central Park Five
The Central Park Five
tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. The film chronicles The Central Park Jogger case, for the first time from the perspective of these five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice.

Outlawing Shakespeare
Thursday, May 23, doors open 6:30 pm
Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater
1500 E. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Outlawing Shakespeare: Battle for the Tucson Mind is a documentary that focuses on the elimination of the Mexican American Studies program within the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) in Arizona. Under a federal de-segregation decree, Mexican American Studies was created and was successful at improving academic achievement for Latino students in Tucson until earlier in 2012 when it was shut down by the TUSD School Board. Directed and produced by Fernando James Orozco. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with local educators, students and community activists.
Outlawing Shakespeare

Screening and discussion of
Dakota 38
Free and open to the public
Friday, November 16, 5 - 8 pm
Metropolitan State University
Founders Hall Auditorium
E. 6th St. & Maria Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55106
Light refreshments prior to film

Dakota 38 flyer 2012 final


Open Season
September 12, 2012
6:30-8:30 pm
Metropolitan State University
Ecolab Room (3rd floor library)
645 East 7th St., St. Paul, MN

Open Season is a 57-minute documentary that tackles the impacts and racial reverberations of a violent hunting incident in Northern Wisconsin. (2011).
Directed by Mark Tang and Lu Lippold.
Followed by facilitated panel discussion.
-Free and open to the public
-Donations welcome
-Light refreshments available
Share the flyer!
Co-sponsored by Community Action Against Racism (CAAR), Metropolitan State University, Brotherhood Inc., Pan-Asian Student Services (PASS), Discussions That Encounter

FREC Film Flyer Open Season

Pariah
June 28, 2012
Capri Theater
Co-sponsored by NAACP St. Paul, YWCA Minneapolis, Jewish Community Action, Discussions That Encounter and Brotherhood Brew
An award-winning film about a Brooklyn teenager who juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.
Directed by Dee Rees, produced by Spike Lee. Winner of NAACP Image Award--Best Independent Film 2012. Excellence in Cinematography Award, Sundance 2011.
FREC Film Pariah flyer 2012(2) copy

9500 Liberty documents the first time in U.S. history that an Arizona-style immigration law was actually implemented—and the surprising grassroots opposition that led to its repeal.
Co-sponsored by Discussions that Encounter and
Brotherhood Brew.
Date: May 10, 2012
Location: Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S. in Minneapolis
Facilitators: Michelle Garnett McKenzie, Advocates for Human Rights and Juve Meza, Navigate