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HELP CREATE OPEN MINDS

‘Real to Reel’ Films Address Stereotypes and Biases

September 26, 2012

MONTICELLO – A series of short films that address stereotypes and biases will be presented by the Sullivan County Human Rights Commission on Sunday, October 7th.  Entitled “Real to Reel” and sponsored by the Monticello Interfaith Council, the films will be shown at 12:15 p.m., immediately following the services at the United Methodist Church of Monticello, 455 Broadway in Monticello.

Other congregations, organizations and the general public interested in helping to create open minds are invited to attend.  The church will provide light refreshments. 

This film showing grew out of a presentation to the Monticello Interfaith Council earlier this month by the Human Rights Commission.  After a brief history of the commission, members played the videos, some of which were created by high school students and address their experiences with stereotyping.  Moved by the serious and thought-provoking nature of these films, the United Methodist Church of Monticello offered to schedule a special viewing.

“There is clearly so much more awareness and education to be done,” said commission member Judy Balaban, who explained that individuals interested in scheduling a presentation by the Sullivan County Human Rights Commission should contact Director Eric Monroe at 845-807-0189.

The Human Rights Commission is offering to show these films to any group that would like to present them. 

The Monticello Interfaith Council meets regularly on the second Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center in Monticello.  The next meeting will be Wednesday, October 10, when the council will discuss plans for the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service (tentatively on November 18 at Bethlehem Temple Church) and review a draft Resource/Needs Directory. 

Meetings are open to all clergy and representatives of religious organizations – and to other interested persons from the community.  For more information contact Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445.