By Casandra Nguyen, '15
St. Bonaventure University will be hosting its annual All Bonaventure Views (ABV) film series in October and November.
The selected films will correlate with the themes of this year’s All Bonaventure Reads (ABR) book, “The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change,” by Adam Braun.
Each film will count as a passport event, sponsored by the First-Year Experience Program.
“The films highlight situations that we don’t experience on a day-to-day basis,” said Chris Brown, director of First-Year Experience.
Thursday, October 9:
4-5:30 p.m. in Walsh Amphitheater —“Ten9Eight- Shoot for the Moon”: In America, a kid drops out of high school every 9 seconds. Imagine if they didn’t. “Ten9Eight” tells the stories of several inner-city teens facing challenging circumstances and how they overcome them.
Tuesday, October 28:
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Walsh Amphitheater—“Not My Life”: Filmed on five continents, in a dozen countries, “Not My Life” takes viewers into a world where millions of children are exploited every day through an astonishing array of practices including forced labor, domestic servitude, begging, sex trafficking and child soldiering.
Wednesday, November 5:
7-8:15 p.m. in Walsh Amphitheater—“To Educate a Girl”: In 2000, 110 million children in the world were not in school—two thirds of them were girls. Framed by the United Nations global initiative to provide equal access to education for girls by 2015, “To Educate a Girl” takes a ground-up and visually stunning view of that effort through the eyes of girls.
Wednesday, November 12:
7-8:15 p.m. in The Loft (Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, 3rd Floor)—“Baraka”: Cited by Adam Braun as a transformative educational experience in “The Promise of a Pencil,” the film “Baraka” was originally shot in 25 countries on six continents. The film brought together a series of stunningly photographed scenes to capture what director Ron Fricke calls "a guided mediation on humanity."
“I am especially excited to screen ‘Baraka’ in November,” said Brown. “Adam Braun discussed the film in his book and during his keynote address on campus. It will be great for students to see the same film that helped inspire Braun to begin his extraordinary work with ‘Pencils of Promise.’”
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