Peabody Award winner, Lydia Nibley, to visit WSU Vancouver campus for Diversity Film Festival

vote4meTo capture student interest in the upcoming elections, the WSU Vancouver Diversity Council will launch the 2012 Diversity Film Festival with two documentaries that highlight cultural diversity and the democratic process.

The festival’s second week will focus on Native Americans. Lydia Nibley, director of “Two Spirits,” the final film in the series, will be on campus all day Sept.20 to visit classes and talk with students. She will attend the showing of the film she directed and be on hand to answer questions.

“We have planned the timing of the films to encourage students to attend between classes,” said John Barber, Diversity Council chair and professor in the WSU Vancouver Creative Media and Design Culture Program. “The event is free, and we are giving out free popcorn. The café will also be open so movie-goers can purchase snacks and drinks.”

“Please Vote For Me” will play at 4 p.m. Sept. 10 in Firstenburg Student Commons. This 2008 documentary about student elections in a Chinese classroom takes a look at democratic principles, corruption and relationships in a communist country.

At 4 p.m. Sept. 10, the Diversity Council will present “The Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story” in the Firstenburg Student Commons. This award-winning 2008 documentary examines the political maneuvers employed in an election campaign.

“We purposely picked these films because we are facing an historical election,” Barber said. “We hope the films will encourage voting and interest in the political process.”

The following week, “Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian,” a 2011 documentary, traces the evolution of the film industry’s depiction of Native Americans. The film will be shown at 4 p.m. on Sept. 18 in the Firstenburg Student Commons.

The final film of the series, “Two Spirits,” will be shown at 4 p.m. Sept. 20 in Dengerink Administration building Room 119. “Two Spirits,” which won the 2011 Peabody Award, tells the story of Fred Martinez, one of the country’s youngest hate-crime victims.

Faculty and students should contact Barber if they are interested in having Nibley visit their classes, clubs or student groups. For more information, go to admin.vancouver.wsu.edu/diversity/2012-diversity-film-festival.

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