Metropolitan Community College presents a virtual film screening of STILL WATERS as part of the Diversity Matters Film & Lecture Series on Wednesday, October 28 at 12:00 pm CT. Guests are welcome to participate in a live chat beginning at 11:30 am CT and watch the livestream film screening beginning promptly at 12:00 pm CT. There will also be a post-screening discussion led by Naomi Mardock Uman, Director of Faculty Development, Metropolitan Community College.
Screening Room opens with live chat: 11:30 am CT
Film Screening: 12:00 pm CT
Post-Screening Discussion: 1:20pm CT
To watch the film and chat: Go to the Film Screening Room and enter the video password. Note: The video password was provided by your host: Metropolitan Community College. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
VIDEO & DISCUSSION: STILL WATERS
(Bullfrog Films-79 minutes)
DISCUSSION LED BY NAOMI MARDOCK UMAN, DIRECTOR OF FACULTY DEVELOPMENT, METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE
A remarkable one-room school in Bushwick, Brooklyn NYC is facing a tough year. It’s the run up to the US presidential election and anti-Latino rhetoric is being ramped up - an extra source of tension for a hard-pressed Hispanic community already threatened by gentrification, rising rents and eviction. The school, Still Waters in a Storm, is the creation of Yale graduate, Stephen Haff, a passionate critic of mainstream education, which he feels, stigmatizes the already disadvantaged. He believes passionately in the joy of learning without tests and the innate creativity of children and insists that the school is free to attend. It survives precariously on the thinnest of shoestrings. When regular school finishes, Still Waters starts working. Stephen and his group of thirty or forty children explore, with the help of illustrious guest writers like Zadie Smith and Booker Prizewinner Peter Carey, the power of storytelling, creativity and community. Filmed over a year STILL WATERS follows this compelling man, his philosophy, the spirit of the children who attend and the dreams and fears of the immigrant Hispanic community to which they belong.