The Human Relations Commission is co-sponsoring “Fordson: Faith, Fasting & Football” at A/perture Cinema on Sunday, Jan. 15, as the first movie in its “Cultural Connections” film series. The film will be shown at 7:45 p.m. and admission is free.
The film follows a predominately Arab-American high school football team from a working-class Detroit suburb as they practice during the last ten days of Ramadan for a game with their big cross-town rival. The film depicts a community holding to its Islamic faith while struggling for acceptance in post-9/11 America.
The showing is being co-sponsored by the Community Mosque of Winston-Salem and the Annoor Islamic Center of Clemmons.
“Fordson” is the first of four films that the Human Relations Commission plans to show at A/perture during 2012, said Jenny Viars, the commission chair. “We are calling the series ‘Cultural Connections’ because it gives the public the opportunity to connect to and learn about other cultures,” Viars said. “Our hope is that through these films we can create a safe and inviting space for people to become engaged in issues that can be difficult to broach. We want the experience to be enriching, fun, and relaxing.”
The commission also plans to sponsor a showing of “Dark Girls” in May. The other two films have not been determined. For more information, call CityLink 311.