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'Brazil in Black and White' Film Showing

Wednesday, November 19, 2008
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Ellen Driscoll Auditorium, Havens Elementary School
325 Highland Ave
Piedmont, CA 94611

The Appreciating Diversity Film Series invites you to our FREE upcoming showing of BRAZIL IN BLACK & WHITE, a PBS/Wide Angle production by Adam Stepan.

Join us for a fascinating dialogue about racial justice and affirmative action that uses Brazil as a case study for us to look at educational equity in the United States.

6:30 PM Reception
7:00-9:00PM Film Showing and Community Discussion

Ellen Driscoll Auditorium at Havens School (325 Highland Ave. (near Oakland Ave.)(Piedmont, CA 94611

Free Admission

Co-Sponsored by the Piedmont Appreciating (Diversity Committee, Piedmont's League of Women Voters, and DiversityWorks

About Brazil in Black and White....

As one of the most racially diverse nations in the world, Brazil has long considered itself a colorblind "racial democracy." But deep disparities in income, education and employment between lighter and darker-skinned Brazilians have prompted a civil rights movement advocating equal treatment of Afro-Brazilians. In Brazil, the last country in the Western Hemisphere to abolish slavery, blacks today make up almost half of the total population - but nearly two-thirds of the nation's poor. Institutions of higher education have typically been monopolized by Brazil's wealthy and light-skinned elite, and illiteracy among black Brazilians is twice as high as among whites. Now, affirmative action programs are changing the rules of the game, with many colleges and universities reserving 20% of spots for Afro-Brazilians. BRAZIL IN BLACK AND WHITE follows the lives of five young college hopefuls from diverse backgrounds as they compete to win a coveted spot at the elite University of Brasilia, where 20 percent of the incoming freshmen must qualify as Afro-Brazilian. Outside the university, WIDE ANGLE reports on the controversial racial debate roiling Brazil through profiles of civil right activists, opponents of affirmative action, and one of the country's few black senators.
Added to the calendar on Sat, Nov 8, 2008 2:31AM
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