Wednesday, December 22 at 7:00 PM
$6 Members/ $10 General | Documentary | 60 min + discussion with filmmaker after screening
“Anyone caring about our country’s future needs to see this film, discuss it, and ask our politicians how they propose to improve conditions for all our youngest children and their families.” Barry Zuckerman, MD, Founder, Reach Out and Read
Join Filmmaker Christine Herbes-Sommers for an in-person discussion of her documentary that interweaves discoveries from neuro-science with stories of families and communities struggling to provide a nurturing environment for their children.
The documentary tackles a critical question: How might we in the US make a “strong start” the birthright of every infant?
So many challenges –lack of time, money and resources; job insecurity and low wages; minimal paid family leave; substandard and unaffordable childcare; racism; and perhaps their own traumatic childhood experiences. This film and the discussion that follows offers the Rosendale Theatre audience an opportunity to think about and address the issues raised by the filmmaker in the first of our Filmmakers’ Series.
About the Filmmaker:
Christine Herbes-Sommers has produced dozens of hours of documentary, dramatic and educational programming for PBS broadcast since 1976 including several award-winning documentaries on issues of social import: Joan Robinson: One Woman’s Story (1981 duPont-Columbia Award), the opening episodes of California Newsreel’s series UNNATURAL AUSES: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? (Broadcast award from the National Academy of Sciences) and the opening hour of RACE – The Power of an Illusion. She was also the Executive Producer of Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness, winner of the John E. O’Connor Award from the American Historical Association, and American Denial, nominated for an Emmy Award. Currently, she studies classical drawing, painting and design at the Academy of Classical Design in Southern Pines, NC.