The Los Angeles-based entertainment news website The Wrap has featured photos from the premiere of the new documentary Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine. The event was part of Facing History and Ourselves’ Community Conversations series sponsored by The Allstate Foundation. Directed by Shepard’s friend Michele Josue and edited by Facing History alum Liam McNiff, the film introduces Shepard as he is remembered by his close friends and family.
Award-winning filmmaker Kimberly Peirce, director of Boys Don't Cry, spoke to Deadline Hollywood, endorsing the work of Facing History and Ourselves and celebrating new documentary Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine. Facing History hosts the film’s Los Angeles premiere October 8 at the Pacific Design Center.
On September 28, Facing History and Ourselves in Los Angeles hosted its second annual “Every Voice Matters” summit, which drew over 150 students, parents, teachers, and administrators from fifteen schools in Facing History’s Los Angeles Partnership Schools Network. Summit participants had the opportunity to screen the new animated short film Listening is an Act of Love, which depicts six stories from StoryCorps’ innovative ten-year oral history project. Each story reflects universal themes of identity, family, choices, and positive participation.
Facing History and Ourselves has partnered with several departments at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), including the Confucius Institute and the Center for Jewish Studies, as well as the Shanghai Foreign Affairs Office of Hongkou District to present “Jewish Refugees in Shanghai,” a first of its kind exhibit on view at the UCLA Hillel from October 27 through December 14.
It’s been 15 years since college student Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, beaten, and left for dead on a Wyoming prairie. Shepard was attacked because of his sexual orientation, and his story cast a global media spotlight on the issue of anti-gay hate crimes. This fall, two young filmmakers hope to help students worldwide learn from Shepard’s death with the new documentary, Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine.
Three veteran social studies teachers in the Los Angeles area had some advice for new teachers including integrating strategies and resources from Facing History and Ourselves. Facing History, they wrote, is “among great web-based resources that can help you help your students to think critically about historical sources and what they find on the Internet.”
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Schools are busy places this time of year. It is easy for the last few weeks to slip away without taking a moment to reflect and celebrate the year’s successes and innovations. On May 7, we brought together teachers, administrators, and students from our Carson Partnership Schools Network to take that pause to celebrate and share.
With the release of the critically-acclaimed documentary film BULLY on DVD in February, 2013, Facing History and Ourselves has introduced updated resources to accompany the film and to help educatorsdiscuss bullying and safe school communities in the classroom.