Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS): South High student films go to the big screen – February 1 – Free admission

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Jan. 25, 2016

MEDIA CONTACTS:                Lisa Ramirez

Public Relations Coordinator, South High School

612.668.4407

Lisa.Ramirez@mpls.k12.mn.us

South High student films go to the big screen

MINNEAPOLIS – Documentaries produced by South High seniors will get a cinematic debut Monday, Feb. 1, 4:30–6:30 p.m., at the Riverview Theater. Audiences will be treated to eight compelling features. Admission will be free. The filmwork reflects subject matter hitting close to home and community, as explored by students in Laura Lanik’s and Delainia Haug’s Values Options Issues Choices Explored in Society (VOICES) class. VOICES is an interdisciplinary Social Studies and English course. Students in this class find their voices on social justice topics using digital media in areas of photography, podcasting and the culminating project — documentary films. Interviews with students and teachers can be arranged from 11:30 a.m.–1:20 p.m. this week by appointment. South High Student Documentary ScreeningMonday, Feb. 1 | 4:30–6:30 p.m. | Riverview Theater | 3800 42nd Ave. S.Admission: Free FILM LINEUP:“The South High Newcomers Program” — An exploration of the newest academic program at South High.“Black: The End of the Achievement Gap” — How is Minneapolis Public Schools addressing the needs of African American males?“Stolen Sisters” — The connection between cultural appropriation, racism and the exploitation of Native American women.“Music Matters” — Why every child deserves access to a quality music program in their school.“Painting is to Easel” — The problem of cultural bias embedded in standardized testing.“Our Streets: One Woman’s Story of Breaking Free” — A look inside sex trafficking in Minneapolis through one woman’s journey.“Can-Do Canines” — The feature of a local organization doing great work bringing dogs and humans together to improve lives.“Coming to America” — Hearing the experiences of our immigrant and refugee neighbors leads to deeper understanding and empathy.“Dress coded” — Students explore implications of race and gender in school dress-code policies.

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