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The movement for black lives during this past year has transformed many people’s understanding of policing, race, and inequality, as well as challenged a sense of what is possible. This movement has swept through many Maine towns and cities and posed important questions relevant to the Colby campus community.
In the Fall of 2020, students from Global Studies 227: Visual Ways of Knowing created short documentary films to learn from and contribute to movements for racial justice. Grounded in antiracist principles, filmmakers highlighted Black experiences in Maine through collaboration and partnerships with local organizations, activists, artists, and other community members. Some of the featured organizations and Maine residents in the films include Maine Inside Out, Maine Youth Justice, Malaga Island, Arabella LaDessé, and Ashley Page.
These films will be screened virtually on Zoom for the whole community during select times this spring. Each film will be presented by the filmmaker with a Q&A after the screening. No pre-registration is necessary; please use the provided Zoom links to access the virtual programs.
The films’ themes resonate with a current exhibition at the Museum, Miracles on the Border: Retablos of Mexican Migrants to the United States. We encourage you to visit the Museum in addition to attending the screenings.
Featured organizations: Maine Inside Out, Maine Youth Justice, Malaga Island, Arabella LaDessé, Ashley Page, and more.
Thursday, April 8, 5:30–7 p.m. via Zoom link
Lorne Carter ‘21, Jon Curtis ‘23, Jesse Higgins ‘21, Alaleh Naderi ‘21
Maine Youth Justice by Lorne Carter ‘21 and Jon Curtis ‘23:
Maine Youth Justice is a nonpartisan campaign to end youth incarceration in Maine and invest in a range of community-based alternatives that respond to young people’s needs, support families, and build community in support of community alternatives to youth incarceration.
Maine Inside Out by Jesse Higgins ‘21 (We Play) and Alaleh Naderi ‘21 (Virtual Circle)
Maine Inside Out is a community of artists and visionaries with lived experience of incarceration and structural racism and their allies. We build, practice and share models for community change to build a world where everyone matters and belongs.”
A Broken System by Sophie Nact ‘23 (7 min)
Narrative of Robert Payzant, a formerly incarcerated biracial Mainer, and his experiences with the justice system after recently being released from the Department of Corrections.
Don’t miss the other films in this series: