A Sunday, Nov. 20 late matinee showing of “The Blind Side,” part of a free film series at the Rustic called “Seeing Diversity,” drew 82 attendees, including children. Sponsored by A Community Together (ACT), the six-film series is intended to offer windows into the lives of others — often others who are separated out and persecuted because they are perceived as being different. The films consider prejudice surrounding religion, autism, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, race and sexual orientation.
The next film, at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 10 is “Philadelphia.” The film stars Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington and was inspired in part by the true story of Geoffrey Bowers, an attorney who in 1987 sued the Philadelphia law firm Baker & McKenzie for wrongful dismissal in one of the first AIDS discrimination cases. Hanks won a Best Actor Academy Award. As with all series films, attendance is free. A post film discussion is held at Town Hall immediately following the film. On average about 10 people attend. Snacks are provided.
Editor’s note: Marshall Smith is one of the organizers of the film series.