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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

UNC Charlotte series tackles oppression

Posted By on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 1:22 PM

This week, the Native American Student Organizations and Amnesty International have teamed up for "We're Still Here: The Effects of Genocide and Stereotypes on Cultural Communities," a free event aimed at raising awareness of oppression through film screenings and lectures at UNC Charlotte.

It all kicks off this evening with a screening of Screamers, a documentary about the Armenian genocide. Then on Wednesday, Reel Injuns, a documentary about Hollywood's stereotypical portrayal Native Americans will be shown. Check out more information and trailers for the films below:

You probably would have paid a lot more attention in history class if your teacher would've shown a documentary starring alt rockers System of a Down. Screamers, a 2006 documentary about the Armenian genocide, zeros in on frontman Serj Tankian and his grandfather (a survivor of the devastating ordeal). It also examines the Turkish government's denial of the events and the neutral stance of the United States. A winner of the AFI Audience Award for best documentary, the films success comes with a heavy price. Hrant Dink, a Turkish journalist who was interviewed for the documentary, was assassinated by a Turkish nationalist shortly after its premiere. Before the screening there will be a dance performance and lecture. Free. April 24, 6:30 p.m. UNC Charlotte (held in McKnight Hall in the Cone Center), 9201 University City Blvd.

What do most of us know about Native American culture aside from watching white actors pose as Native Americans on the big screen? Reel Injun, a documentary made by Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond, asks this question and analyzes indian stereotypes in North America by exploring classic and recent Hollywood films considered at fault for misconceptions about the population. Special Native American guests will be attending for an open discussion about cultural stereotypes. Free. April 25, 6:30p.m. UNC Charlotte (held in Fretwell room 121), 9201 University City Blvd. - Tricia Bangit

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