CTA’s Sierra Service Center Council is sponsoring a film festival in Bakersfield that depicts the challenges students and teachers face in providing quality public education, and how the community can help or hinder that process. The “Our Youth: The Future” festival is a total of four films over several months that address current issues relevant to education, society and unionism. Each film is followed by a question and answer session with community panel members.
Next up is “MISS Representation,” showing on Monday, March 12, 2018. The documentary shows how media are selling young people the idea that girls’ and women’s value lies in their youth, beauty and sexuality, not in their capacity as leaders. Boys learn that their success is tied to dominance, power and aggression. The film and community discussion will center on valuing people as whole human beings, not gendered stereotypes.
The film begins at 6 p.m. at the Maya Cinema, 1000 California Ave. in Bakersfield. Admission is free on a first-come basis. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by emailing email@example.com. For more information call film Karen Schuett, film festival coordinator, at 661-301-4415.
Other films scheduled:
- “The Mask You Live In” – April 30
- “Backpack Full of Cash” – May 21
“As educators we want our students to have the opportunities and resources they need to succeed,” said Karen Schuett, film festival coordinator, elementary teacher and Panama-Buena Vista Teachers Association member. “We hope these films will help the community understand the issues and how they impact, positively and negatively, the academic lives of our students.
“We want to invite the community to watch these films, and then to discuss the issues with us so we can all have a better understanding of what our students are going through. We hope these discussions will provide a better understanding regarding what students and teachers need to succeed.”
The CTA Sierra Service Center Council consists of 43 local CTA teachers’ unions in Kern County.