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Racial Equity Initiative: Movies to Watch, Educate, and Discuss Together
As part of Calvary’s Racial Equity Initiative (REI) to recognize and to educate ourselves about systemic racism and to explore the unconscious bias in our own hearts and minds, we are offering a series of programs to help promote discussion and understanding. Discussing selected movies that illustrate the effects of systemic racism is one form of education. Be on the lookout for news about our Book Discussions too.
Register Below to join the online discussion. A secure Zoom link will be emailed to you prior to the start of the event.
This month: MINARI
In the Academy Award nominated movie, Minari, daughter Anne Yi asks her father, “Why don’t we grow American vegetables?” “We grow Korean vegetables for all the new immigrants who miss the taste of home,” her father responds. Just like the vegetables on the Yi family farm, the film Minari does not seek to make Korean America palatable to white America. Instead, Minari tells the intimate story of one family’s journey, capturing the subtlety of the Korean American experience while simultaneously tracking the Yis’ pursuit of the quintessential American dream. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.
MPAA rating: PG-13
Important Note: Participants should watch the movie on your own prior to the event.
Minari can be found on a variety of platforms including Amazon Prime, Apple TV, iTunes, Google Play, and on DVD. Learn more here – https://a24films.com/films/minari
Calvary’s Racial Equity Initiative statement of purpose:
We recommit to recognizing and dismantling racism and unconscious bias in our own hearts and minds, in the institution of the church, and in the broader culture. We will provide a space to process what we are seeing and learning and to discern our call as a community of faith to take action toward these goals. Our shared set of values and mission calls us to transform lives for Christ: that now calls us to transform our own lives to be less complicit in racist aspects of our culture, to transform the lives of those who have historically faced oppression by helping eradicate systemic racism disproportionately affecting them, and to be the hands and feet of Christ by opposing institutions and practices everywhere that deny the full humanity of all God’s children.