“Deaf Jam” marks return of PSU Community Cinema series

January 31st, 2012 by Tim

PLYMOUTH, N.H. – An inspiring story of poetry, friendship, self-expression and cultural identity marks the return of Plymouth State University’s documentary series “Community Cinema.”

In “Deaf Jam,” a neighborhood slam poet from New York collaborates with a hearing-impaired writer to create poems that not only sing, they dance. The documentary will be shown Wednesday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m. in PSU’s Boyd Hall (adjacent to Highland Street). The screening is free and open to the public and is followed by a discussion led by Dr. Ann Berry, Professor of Education.

Aneta Brodski and classmates perform an "ASL classifier game" during their 1st Performance at Lexington School for the Deaf. Photo: Martha Cooper

The five documentaries shown at Plymouth State University this spring will encourage community conversations about race, gender, disability, and inclusivity.

Community Cinema, a partnership between PSU and New Hampshire Public Television, features documentary screenings from the PBS Independent Lens series followed by a discussion facilitated by PSU faculty members. Each screening is free and open to the public.

Also scheduled for a February screening is “Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock.” That documentary is scheduled for February 16 at 7:00 p.m., also in Boyd Hall.

Other documentaries are:  “Women, War and Peace,” “Troop 1500” and “Hell and Back Again.”

For more information on the Community Cinema series, call Dan Moore, (603) 535-2525 or dmoore@plymouth.edu. Details on other films in the series, including trailers, can be found here.

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For more information about this release, contact Timothy Kershner, PSU Chief Public Relations Officer, (603) 535-2476 or tlkershner@plymouth.edu