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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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