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Educator Shakira Remos to moderate weekly virtual discussions of movies on racial justice

PMG FILE PHOTO - Groups have been joining the national conversation around race in Sandy via peaceful protests and marches since June. In a year when the topic of race has been a hot button issue, the staff at Sandy Public Library staff is working to facilitate meaningful conversations and shed light on areas local residents may be less educated on.

Starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, the Sandy Public Library will host a film series to facilitate discussions of race. The series will include three films about racial justice with viewers invited to watch the films on their own time, then join library staff for a moderated discussion via Zoom.

Film educator Shakira Remos will direct the discussions and there will be an opportunity for the audience to submit questions.

"(I've found that) people really can talk about topics that are controversial if it's framed around art," Remos said. "Film is an easier pathway to have hard conversations. Right now, especially, I think people are more open to dismantling whatever they believe about race."

Remos added that she believes the virtual format of the series may encourage some who otherwise might not participate to get involved.

"I think there are people really committed to doing this work in whatever format is possible," she explained. "But I think there's also a subset of people who (will be more inclined to participate virtually) because it allows you to still kind of hide behind your screen. This gives people the option to remain anonymous if they want to. I don't think any questions should be uncomfortable in this space. I think (people) should come to the conversation where they are in their anti-racism journey … and attend with an open mind, open heart and the idea that discomfort isn't bad. Discomfort is usually a sign of growth."

The dates and corresponding films for the series are as follows:

n Thursday, Oct. 29: "13th" (available free on YouTube or a subscription through Netflix)

n Thursday, Nov. 5: "The Hate U Give" (available through LINCC Library, Amazon Prime Video and HBO).

n Thursday, Nov. 12: "Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland" (available through LINCC Library, Amazon Prime Video and HBO).

This series is available to all free of charge.

For the Zoom link or more information, contact Katie Murphy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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