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Images & Voices of Hope | December 2, 2020

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ivoh fellow’s screening sparks dialogue around important issues facing Miami

ivoh fellow’s screening sparks dialogue around important issues facing Miami

Left photo: From left, Sanjeev Chatterjee, Rosalind Merritt, Moses Shumow, and Meredith Porte. Photo provided courtesy of Porte. Right photo: screening panel. Photo by Rosalind Merritt.

 

 

 

More than 100 people gathered Tuesday evening for a screening of Moses Shumow’s documentary film, “Liberty Square: Power, History, and Race in Miami,” which tells the story of the history, people, changing structure and socioeconomic struggles of Liberty Square, one of the country’s oldest public housing developments located in Miami’s Liberty City.

Shumow, who is an associate professor of journalism and broadcasting at Florida International University, created the film with support from Images & Voices of Hope’s Restorative Narrative Fellowship last year.

Tuesday’s screening, which was held at the University of Miami, was followed by a panel featuring Sanjeev Chatterjee, a longtime ivoh community member and a Professor in the University of Miami’s Department of Cinema and Interactive Media; Michael Liu, Director of the Miami Dade Public Housing and Community Development; Dr. John Stuart, Associate Dean for Cultural and Community Engagement at FIU’s College of Communication, Architecture and the Arts; Dr. Donette Francis, an University of Miami English Professor; and Dr. Marvin Dunn, a retired historian and psychologist who taught at FIU and has since retired. Meredith Porte, a longtime ivoh core team member and leader of the South Florida ivoh planning committee, moderated the panel.

“I couldn’t have been more pleased with the turnout, and I think the panel discussion afterwards, which went on for nearly an hour, really added a level of insight and information to the film … and made the whole event that much more enriching,” Shumow said.

“The audience was very engaged, with some honest and heartfelt questions for the panel about issues of housing and social justice, the history of racial segregation, and the way in which we think about poor communities in urban areas and what can be done to help. Combining the documentary with such a strong panel was a great way to push the dialogue around important issues facing Miami forward, and I think really embraced the spirit of the Restorative Narrative work of ivoh.”

Here are some photos from the event…

ivoh helped sponsor the screening. (Photo by Rosalind Merritt.)

Panelists talking with one another after the screening. (Photo by Rosalind Merritt.)

From left, Sanjeev Chatterjee, Rosalind Merritt, Moses Shumow, and Meredith Porte. (Photo provided courtesy of Porte.)

Susan Preville, Rosalind Merritt, Sue Schein, and Meredith Porte. (Photo provided courtesy of Porte.)