OLLI to host 'American Son' screening, discussion

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OLLI to host ‘American Son’ screening, discussion

Trailer: "American Son"

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, in collaboration with the community group Let’s Talk Alliance, is hosting the film “American Son,” as part of its Movies that Matter series.

The screening and discussion, which are free and open to the public, are 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 14 at South Gate United Methodist Church, 3500 Pioneers Blvd. It will also be streamed live via Zoom.

A moderator will facilitate the discussion that follows the film.

In-person seating is limited. Register to attend — either in-person or via Zoom — here or call 402-472-6265.

“Our diversity film series offers excellent films and opportunities to hear local leaders provide insights into racism, prejudice and inequality that exist in our communities,” said Nancy Comer, co-chair of the OLLI Diversity Committee.

“American Son” follows a Black mother being interrogated by a white police officer rather than being helped; an interracial couple rehashing the painful reasons their marriage fell apart; and a Black police officer illuminating on the experience of those who fall into both categories.

Starring Kerry Washington, the story concerns a mixed-race couple desperate for answers about the disappearance of their son Jamal, following a traffic stop in Florida. Issues of safety, race, police accountability, and equal justice — as well as their effects on communities of color — are at play in the movie.

The film is a continuing effort by the OLLI Diversity Committee to advance inclusivity and enhance collaborations and interactions with Lincoln’s multicultural communities. The Let’s Talk Alliance was formed by members of the OLLI Diversity Committee, along with multicultural leaders in the Lincoln community to bring together people from all backgrounds, ages, cultures and faiths to talk about issues that divide and unite us. Let’s Talk Alliance offers monthly talks and discussions on social justice, racism and bias, changes faced by immigrants and refugees, prison reform and programs that support youth.

For more information about OLLI’s Diversity Committee and the Let’s Talk Alliance contact Nancy Comer at nrcomer43@gmail.com.

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