“CSFilm is a vital new way for indigenous vision and voices to be seen and heard on the world media stage and in their own communities.” — Nathan Felde, Chair of the Visual Arts Department, Northeastern University
The mission of Screen&Discuss events is to inspire new thinking and action among diverse audiences. Screen&Discuss events are organized by individuals, communities, and organizations with support from Community Supported Film.
See below for upcoming events, examples of previous events and for event organizing tools and resources.
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Learn how you can organize and host your own Screen&Discuss event.
The House of the Seven Gables, a colonial mansion turned non-profit museum in Salem Massachusetts, will host a New Immigrant and Refugee Visions Screen&Discuss event September 19 6-7pm, in-person.
The Art Ranger, aka artist Melissa Smedley, produced a podcast on the work and sounds of CSFilm. It includes an interview with CSFilm director, Michael Sheridan, and a sound collage from the films of CSFilm filmmakers and trainees.
Afghan filmmakers and writers in exile spoke to their and their country’s trauma since the fall of the country to the Taliban. They shared their recent experiences and the films they made during Community Supported Film’s training and mentoring project: The Fruit of Our Labor – Afghan Perspectives in Film. Afghan filmmakers and writers in exile spoke to their and their country’s trauma since the fall of the country to the Taliban. They shared their recent experiences and the films they made during Community Supported Film’s training and mentoring project: The Fruit of Our Labor – Afghan Perspectives in Film. Michael Sheridan, CSFilm’s Director, spoke about the ongoing work of CSFilm to help evacuate and resettle Afghans and what the community can do to help.
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Organize a Screen&Discuss Event
CSFilm works to stimulate dialogue, inspire new thinking, and motivate action through the use of our films and discussion resources.
- Whether you are an educator, community organizer, event programmer, or organization planning a campaign, we want to explore ways that our films and discussion resources can be put to work.
- Whether you are seeking to engage people in discussion about immigrants, refugees, Afghanistan, Haiti, conflict, humanitarian development, gender issues, community organizing, poverty alleviation and more, we have films made by locals and informed by local experience.
- Discussions are most engaging when local experts and the filmmakers or film subjects are included.
- CSFilm is always looking for regional and national partners to deepen the reach of the Screen&Discuss campaigns. Please let us know if you have suggestions and connections.
For questions and support please contact us or call (857) 415-0564.
Select films by country or topics:
Events typically present a selection of three or four films followed by discussion. The discussion is most engaging when informed by local experts and the filmmakers or film subjects. CSFilm’s discussion model turns the typical Q&A on its head and leads off with questions for the audience about their experience of the films.
You can select films from one of our projects or from a curated selection of topics:
- Screen&Discuss US: New Immigrant and Refugee Visions
- Screen&Discuss Haiti: Owning Our Future: Haitian Perspectives in Film
- Screen&Discuss Afghanistan: The Fruit of Our Labor: Afghan Perspectives in Film
- Screen&Discuss topics within and across projects: Crosscutting Topics | US Immigration Topics | Haitian Topics | Afghan Topics
1. US: New Immigrant and Refugee Visions (NIRV) – films by and about US immigrants
NIRV events inspire conversation and action among diverse audiences about the immigrant experience in the United States and the resistance to immigrants in some communities.
NIRV Screen&Discuss Topics:
- Immigrant contributions;
- Refugees in America;
- Immigrant women and families;
- Acculturation and assimilation by immigrants and refugees;
- Faith among immigrants and freedom from persecution for refugees;
- Immigration policy;
- Immigrants at work;
- Immigrant origins: Africa, Asia, the Caribbean;
2. Haiti: Owning Our Future (OOF) – Haitian Perspectives in Film
OOF events open up discussion about Haiti’s geo-political history, man-made and natural disasters, and what outsiders generally do not hear and see about Haitian-lead economic and social development.
OOF Screen&Discuss Topics:
- Import and Trade: Importing Disaster, Milking Local Capacity, and Threading the Needle.
- Natural disasters and locally-led recovery initiatives: Owned and Occupied, Threading the Needle
- Local ownership of the development process: Ghetto Green, Ghetto Clean; Owned and Occupied
- Disability rights: Brave the World
- Transformative power of local culture: Out of the Rubble, Crafting the Next Generation
- Gender equality and women’s empowerment: Shifting Gears
- Unemployment and Job development: Shifting Gears, Crafting the Next Generation, Banking on My Child, Threading the Needle, Importing Disaster
- Cooperative farming and business development, community development: Milking Local Capacity, Ghetto Green, Ghetto Clean
- Banking system and financial exploitation: Banking on My Child
3. Afghanistan: The Fruit of Our Labor (TFOL) – Afghan Perspectives in Film
TFOL events stimulate discussion about the needs and issues of Afghans beyond the relentless battlefront coverage of western media. Many audience members realize while watching the films that it is the first time they are hearing from Afghans directly and witnessing their work and daily lives.
TFOL Screen&Discuss Topics:
- Man-made disasters, impact of war: ‘L’ is for Light, ‘D’ is for Darkness; Knocking on Times Door; Bearing the Weight; Death to the Camera
- Local ownership of the development process: ‘L’ is for Light, ‘D’ is for Darkness, Hands of Health, Knocking on Times Door, Water Ways;
- Lack of local ownership: Death to the Camera
- Disability rights: Bearing the Weight
- Gender equality and women’s empowerment: ‘L’ is for Light, ‘D’ is for Darkness, Hands of Health, The Road Above, Bearing the Weight, Beyond Fatigue, Treasure Trove, Death to the Camera
- Unemployment and Job development: Searching for a Path, The Road Above, Bearing the Weight, Treasure Trove, Death to the Camera
- Cooperative farming and business development, community development: Water Ways
- Banking system and financial exploitation: Searching for a Path
- Education: ‘L’ is for Light, ‘D’ is for Darkness, Knocking on Times Door, Beyond Fatigue
- Health care: Hands of Health
- Drug addiction: The Road Above
- Water rights and drought: Water Ways
- The Aid Industry: Death to the Camera
4. Crosscutting Topics
Organize your Screen&Discuss around crosscutting topics explored from the experience and perspective of the different countries and peoples. Possible topics include community development, job development, disability issues, gender, culture, education and more.
5. The Messenger is the Message – Transforming News and Views through Local Perspectives
Core to the mission of CSFilm, this presentation presents a selection of films from the Afghan and Haitian-made collections in comparison to reports on similar topics by foreign media. Michael Sheridan, CSFilm’s founder and director, provides detailed analysis of how information about the other is still predominantly produced by a top down, externally directed, self-interested news system.
CSFilm believes that social stability and economic development depend on a well-informed citizenry. Global citizens can not make responsible decisions about political and developmental interventions around the world if they only understand the situations from the outsider’s perspective.
Above is a TEDx recording of this presentation. Presentations are best followed by discussion, using break-out groups if the audience is large.
When collaborating with organizations or educational institutions we request that they or their local library purchase a DVD for the institutional price of $250, which includes a public performance license. If the event is private or the DVD is for home use, the recommended price is $25. If filmmakers, subjects and/or CSFilm presenter are requested to participate virtually or in person (which we highly recommend!), we ask for a $200 stipend per participant plus travel expenses.
Funding and Partnership: Many host institutions have partnered with other local organizations to share the costs of including the filmmakers in the events. Partnering with local government or civic organizations (e.g. League of Women Voters, Rotary, faith-based) has also helped to draw an audience which reflects the diversity of opinions about immigrants and immigration.
CSFilm’s primary mission is to get these films seen and discussed as widely as possible. We appreciate your understanding, however, that CSFilm’s filmmaking and public engagement work is underfunded. In all cases it is up to you to determine what you or your organization can afford. CSFilm does not want funding to be an impediment to achieving this goal.