Documentary Celebrates Overcoming Challenges to Make Music

March 10th, 2011 by Adam

In South Florida, 29 young people combined their love of music and formed a band. Not remarkable or unique, until we learn that the members of the Goodwill Band each has a special story of living with a physical or mental disability.

The story of the Goodwill Band is told in the PBS documentary For Once In My Life, scheduled for a screening Tuesday, March 15 at 7pm in Plymouth State University’s Boyd Hall Auditorium. The screening will be followed by a discussion about the film and the issues raised by the journey of these remarkable musicians. This documentary, part of PBS’ “Independent Lens” series, is shown at PSU as part of their “Community Cinema” series.

Hosted by Plymouth State University and New Hampshire Public Television, For Once in My Life is part of the “Community Cinema” series. Using materials from the PBS series “Independent Lens” as a starter, participants discuss a variety of topics such as the tension between environmentalists and those who make a living from the land, immigration and genocide. The public is invited to these screenings and encouraged to engage in the conversation following each film. For more information about the series, call 535-2525.