OLLI to Host Screening and Discussion of ‘American Son’ | Nebraska today


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

The screening and discussion, which is free and open to the public, will take place on October 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at South Gate United Methodist Church, 3500 Pioneers Blvd. It will also be broadcast live via Zoom.

A moderator will lead the discussion following the film.

Seating in person is limited. Register to attend – in person or through Zoom – here or call 402-472-6265.

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

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

With Kerry Washington, the story is about a desperate Métis couple looking for answers to 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 film.

The film is an ongoing effort of the OLLI Diversity Committee to advance inclusiveness and enhance collaborations and interactions with Lincoln’s multicultural communities. The Let’s Talk Alliance was formed by members of the OLLI Diversity Committee, as well as multicultural leaders from the Lincoln community to bring together people of all walks of life, ages, cultures and faiths to talk about the issues that divide and unite us. Let’s Talk Alliance offers monthly talks and discussions on social justice, racism and prejudice, the changes facing immigrants and refugees, prison reform and programs that support young people.

For more information on OLLIThe Diversity Committee and the Let’s Talk Alliance contacted Nancy Comer at [email protected]


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