Just before the screening of “Schindler’s List,” the first in a series of free films offered to enhance the community’s understanding of diversity, crowds take their seats at the Rustic Theatre. Photo by Cid Castillo

The free film series at the Rustic, “Seeing Diversity,” started strongly on Sunday with “Schindler’s List,” drawing 47 attendees and a small group that met afterward at Town Hall to discuss the film. “I think the film was great and that the series will be a good thing for the community,” said local Trischa Clark.

Next in the series is “The Blind Side,” at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. It is the true story of NFL offensive tackle Michael Oher’s triumph over autism, racism and homelessness. Sandra Bullock won an Academy Award for her performance in this 2009 film.

The series features diversity issues surrounding homelessness, racism, autism, HIV-AIDS prejudice and sexual preference and was launched in response to several Idyllwild hate crime incidents in 2010. “The Blind Side” is rated PG-13.

Editor’s note: Marshall Smith is one of the organizers of the film series.