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King University News :: Buechner Institute Series Adds Documentary Film Screening of "Your Name is My Name" on March 13 at the Bristol Public Library

On Wednesday March 13th at 6 p.m., the Buechner Institute at King University will showcase a documentary film screening of “Your Name is My Name.”  The documentary’s Director, Osato Dixon of New York, and Editor, Peter Galassi of Chicago, Ill., will be present for a QA session following the film.  The film is being screened as a part of the King University Buechner series as a Buechner Bonus and will be shown at the Bristol Public Library located on 701 Goode Street in Bristol, Va.  The series is co-sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier. 

“Your Name is My Name” is the story of young people living through a period of immense turmoil and transformation in Zimbabwe.  Two albino orphans, Kefas, 13, and Panashe, 9, take opposing trajectories; one child overcomes family betrayal and disease while the other is lost to a broken social welfare system and false promises of adoption.  Their lives speak to the larger struggles of albinos throughout sub-Saharan Africa. 

“This is a great opportunity for students and the community to see a great film and ask questions to the artists who made it,” said Tammy Mercure, assistant professor of Photography.   “Osato Dixon, who also has albinism, explores the issues with great compassion.  The director will be able answer questions on the process of applying for a Fulbright Fellowship, which funded his trips to Zimbabwe.  He will also be able to discuss how to relate art and activism through his fundraising to send sunscreen to organizations such as the Zimbabwe Albino Association.

“Your Name is My Name” is a story told by those actually living in Zimbabwe, who are struggling to survive as their country collapses.  The documentary engages contemporary adult struggles through the lives of children with the hope for a better future. 

The documentary film “Your Name is My Name” will be shown at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13 at the Bristol Public Library.  The event is open to the public and free to attend.  For more information, contact Dale Brown at 423.652.4156 or visit www.buechnerinstitute.org.  For more about the film or filmmakers, please visit http://yournameismyname.com/.

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