Film screenings launched to highlight social issues

A locally-produced documentary that aired Wednesday afternoon kicked off a series of movie screenings aiming to engage New Haven’s youth in current social issues.

“Next Question,” a half-hour long documentary about high school students confronting the local legacy of the Black Panthers, was aired yesterday as part of the Community Meeting Screening Series co-sponsored by Youth Rights Media and The New Haven Free Public Library. Members of Youth Rights Media mediated a discussion with attendees about the issues raised in the film following the screening.

NHFPL Young Adult Librarian Diane Brown-Petteway said she was thrilled to be hosting the screenings.

“I’m excited that the youth have an interest and are willing to go beyond what the media put out about the Black Panthers,” she said.

YRM Media Coordinator Laki Vazakas said the goal of the series is to develop skills for self-advocacy and raise awareness about relevant issues on a local, national and global level.

The series continues on April 26 with “Murder On A Sunday Morning.”

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