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Silk Screen Film Series

For the fourth year in a row, Sewickley Academy partnered with Silk Screen to present three films that focus on Asian cultures and important global issues.

Girl Rising


January 11, 2014

English (and subtitles)
104 mins.

Girl Rising is a groundbreaking feature film about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to transform societies. The film presents the remarkable stories of nine girls from around the world, told by celebrated writers and voiced by renowned actors. Through powerful storytelling, a simple, critical truth is delivered to the audience: "Educate Girls and You Will Change the World."

Meet the extraordinary girls featured in the film and watch the film's trailer here.

"Girl Rising" is recommended for an audience of grade 6 and above.

Sewickley Academy's Girl Up Club hosted a fair and fundraiser reception after the film, where $821 was raised for the Girl Up Foundation to help give every girl the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted, and positioned to be the next generation of leaders.

Born into Brothels


February 6, 2014

Bengali & English with English Subtitles
83 mins.

Born into Brothels, by Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski, is the winner of the 77th annual Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. A tribute to the resiliency of childhood and the restorative power of art, Born into Brothels is a portrait of several unforgettable children who live in the red light district of Calcutta. Zana Briski, a New York-based photographer, gives each of the children a camera and teaches them to look at the world with new eyes.

The discussion following the film was facilitated by Avijit Halder, one of the children featured in the film.

Parental discretion is advised.

Born Into Brothels


Every Day Is a Holiday


February 9, 2014

57 mins.

Chinese-American filmmaker Theresa Loong creates an intimate portrait of her father, a man 50 years her senior. Every Day Is a Holiday explores the bonds of the father-daughter relationship and places themes of growing older, immigration, and racism in the context of “living history.” Theresa's father, Paul Loong, talks of his experiences as a POW in Japan and his subsequent quest to become an American. Through the film, we discover why, despite much suffering, every day is a holiday.

View the film's trailer here.

The filmmaker Theresa facilitated the discussion following the film.

"Every Day Is a Holiday" is recommended for an audience of age 10 and above.


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