Backyard Documentary Film Festival Begins


On Sunday, Sept. 20, we kicked off our Backyard Documentary Film Festival with Pray the Devil Back to Hell. It was the Tucson premiere of this award-winning documentary. It was a wonderful event that brought together friends from all our varied walks of life.  We even had a two people come all the way from Phoenix.  We watched the movie on the big screen under the stars in the backyard.  We enjoyed homemade burritos, desserts, and drinks.  We gave away some fabulous prizes from  And we engaged in discussion around a thought-provoking and hopeful movie.

All this and more can also be yours.  Join us Oct 4 as the festival continues with Traces of the Trade

In this film a New England family learns that their ancestors were the largest slave trading family in the United States. They travel together to Africa and Cuba and the Episcopal churches where their family bought and sold slaves and worshiped. It is a powerful mix of awakening to privilege, struggle to understand modern day racism, and personal transformation. One of the family members in the film lives in Tucson and will speak after the film. We are so happy to welcome Jim Perry and his wife Shirley Dunn to this showing of Traces of the Trade. Not  only will Jim speak personally to us about his experience that the film portrays, he and Shirley will lead a discussion for all those gathered.

Last spring the YWCA in Tucson showed this film. This discussion that followed was full of personal stories and authentic discussion about race and racism. These are not easy conversations, but they open up the possibility of  making us a little more human and more connected.

This is not to be missed. Doors open at 6 pm. Film starts at 6:30 pm. Come early and eat. We’ll have food for sale by donations.


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