By Andrea Nicolls
Co-Chair, Riderwood Diversity and Inclusion Committee
This is a reminder to all Riderwood residents and staff that on April 6th and April 13th, the Riderwood Diversity and Inclusion Committee will present two Film Festival programs in the Encore Theater at 2 PM. As part of the Breaking Barriers series, both films center around the sometimes contentious issue of cultural identity. Each program will have a panel of reviewers who will explore the ramifications of the multicultural experiences presented in the films.
On April 6th, the film Bronx Princess by Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed tells the story of the coming of age of a strong-willed and ambitious African American teenage girl whose parents are from the West African country of Ghana. The reviewers for this film are Pauline Fraser, a former Assistant Director of Nursing at Arbor Ridge and currently Director of Nursing at Charlestown who is from the West African country of Sierra Leone and Drs. Eugene and Bette Martin, Riderwood residents who lived in Ghana and Ethiopia. Dr. Eugene Martin was a Foreign Service Reserve Officer on the staff of the Peace Corps. In Ethiopia, he was a Program Officer, and in Ghana, he was the Country Director. Dr. Bette Martin developed a mathematics program for Ethiopian Schools Television. She is a former professor and administrator at Gallaudet University and will be the Discussion Leader for this film.
On April 13th, the film Barack Obama: Made in Hawai’i by Gloria Borland will explore how growing up on the island state shaped the person and personality of our former President. The reviewers for this film include Claire Kim, a Riderwood resident from Korea who formerly taught at a private Montessori elementary school in St. Louis, Mo. She was also simultaneously Director of the Montessori Teacher Training Program and assistant head of the same school for a while. Also, she traveled to Japan and Korea where she trained teachers in Montessori methods. Richard Turner, the son of Riderwood resident Joyce Turner, is also a reviewer. He is currently the Executive Director of the Community Media Center of Carroll County. He lived in Hawaii for 14 years where he was initially hired to establish ‘Olelo: The Corporation for Community Television. He and his wife raised their three children there. Joyce Turner will be the Discussion Leader for this film. She grew up in multicultural New York City, the daughter of immigrant parents from different areas of the Caribbean. She has spent her adult life as a student of various cultures, particularly those associated with island experiences. She has also traveled extensively throughout the world and spent lengthy stays in Hawaii to bond with her grandchildren.
Commentary about the April 6th program will be presented by Ian Brown, Vice President for Organizational Development at Erickson. Commentary about the April 13th program will be presented by Joseph Machicote, Senior Vice President for Human Resources at Erickson.
All residents, staff and their friends are welcome to join us for what should prove to be two intriguing films and some lively discussions.