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Film festival to shine light on racism

Published 12:24 pm, Saturday, April 12, 2014
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As part of its annual Stand Against Racism initiative, the YWCA Darien/Norwalk is hosting its inaugural film festival.

The weeklong series will begin April 21 and run through April 26. The events, which are open to the public, are designed to raise awareness.

At 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 25, First Selectman Jayme Stevenson will read the Pledge Against Racism at Darien Town Hall.

The film festival kicks off at 4 p.m. Monday, April 21, at the Darien Library, 1441 Post Road. Among the films to be shown are "The Blind Side," "Deep South," "The Diary of Anne Frank," "Freeheld," "Rafea: Solar Mama," "A Raisin in the Sun," "Schindler's List," "Stand and Deliver," "Tall as the Boabab Tree," "Undefeated," "West Side Story" and "The Breakfast Club."

The film festival is recommended for teenagers through adults.

Nearly 300,000 individuals participate in YWCA racial justice programs annually to increase awareness, build trust, break down stereotypes and communication barriers and build mutual respect and understanding of racial differences.

Each April, local YWCAs participate in Stand Against Racism events across the country to draw attention to the ongoing need for peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

For information, visit www.standagainstracism.org or www.ywca.org.