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Video -- Fundi: The Ella Baker Story and Two Towns of Jasper

Fundi: The Ella Baker Story is one of the most important films about organizing and civil rights. It is now available on DVD from Icarus Films.

Two Towns of Jasper Video from Working Films

Our friends at Working Films share the new Two Towns of Jasper Education and Outreach DVD with NOA members and allies. We know that much of your work as community and labor organizers involves dialogue and action for racial justice. We hope that this recently updated video resource will be a tool to advance your work. Originally released in 2003, Two Towns of Jasper is an award winning film that documents the town of Jasper, Texas over the course of the trials of three men charged with the brutal, racially motivated murder of James Byrd Junior. The filmmakers used a unique approach to create this documentary, with an all white film crew documenting the white residents of Jasper and an all black film crew interviewing and documenting the town’s black residents. The result was a groundbreaking film on racism that still resonates powerfully today. The new Two Towns of Jasper Education and Outreach DVD includes a range of tools for organizers and educators that make it easy to set up and host screening events that spark meaningful dialogue and action. The special features on the DVD include: a community screening and discussion guide, an educators guide written by Facing History and Ourselves, customizable event fliers, and a DVD extra featuring case studies of successful uses of the film by community groups. It also includes a virtual screening toolkit that pulls out short clips from the film to encourage discussion on particular sub-issues raised in the story. These dynamic resources are designed to help jumpstart new conversations and actions for racial justice and reconciliation in communities nationwide. Whether it is a strategic screening with legislators or house meetings in rural communities, there are a myriad of ways this story can be used to open dialogues that might not otherwise have been possible. The DVDs are available online at the following rates: $25 for in home private viewing or house meetings, $50 for community screening events, and $125 for school, libraries, and universities. Bulk sales, discounts, and revenue shares are available for organizations that want to purchase multiple copies or offer the film to your membership and receive a portion of the proceeds sold through your website. The Two Towns of Jasper Education and Outreach DVD was developed by Working Films, an international nonprofit that leverages the power of storytelling through documentary film to advance struggles for social, economic, and environmental justice, human and civil rights. Working Films is partnering with organizations to find uses for the film that will advance efforts related to racial justice and reconciliation. Anna Lee from Working Film would be happy to follow up with you about ways that you and/or your supporters can use Two Towns of Jasper. Feel free to contact her directly at 910-342-9000

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