Truth and Reconciliation film festival discusses issues of race

September 04, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Truth and reconciliation are the themes for this year’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities film festival. While racial tensions and structural inequalities between black and white Americans have been in the news recently, as the institute points out, the issues are not new. Through the film selections, the institute aims to “examine the historical and persistent realities of race in America.”

Scheduled for Sept. 12-13 in The State Theatre in downtown State College, the festival will include such films as "A Raisin in the Sun," "Undercover Brother" and "Fruitvale Station." A panel discussion with Penn State faculty will follow showings of "Selma" and "Do the Right Thing."

All films are free and open to the public, and a full list of films and show times can be found at

In addition, Allison Graham, co-producer, writer and editor of "At the River I Stand," will host a presentation titled, "Injustice and Invisibility: A Legacy of Media Oversight," at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 14, in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium in the Palmer Museum of Art

The modern civil rights movement has been marked by the struggle against invisibility — of injustice, of poverty, of working conditions, and of dignity. This talk will explore the complicated role of media in this struggle, and in particular the role of television, movies, and surveillance in revealing and obscuring the visible presence of social realities.

Last Updated September 11, 2015