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Award-winning gay rights documentary to screen at BHSU

A screening of Out In The Silence, "a stunning documentary” according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, and an Official Selection of the 2010 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, is scheduled for Tuesday, April 27 at 4 p.m. in Jonas Hall 304 on the Black Hills State University campus as part of the Voices of the Heartland Independent Film Series.

The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with filmmakers Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer aimed at engaging the audience in a conversation about fairness, equality, and inclusion for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people in small towns and rural communities in South Dakota and across the country. Joining the filmmakers for the discussion will be special guest Robert Doody, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of South Dakota.

Exploring topics ranging from religion, safe schools and economic development to discrimination, tolerance and understanding, Out In The Silence offers a compelling model for civic engagement and dialogue and brings people of all ages together to begin the process of building bridges rather than walls on issues that divide communities.

After Wilson’s own same-sex marriage announcement ignites a firestorm of controversy in Oil City, the small western Pennsylvania hometown he left long ago, Out In The Silence follows the stories of a mother who takes a courageous stand for her gay teenage son, an evangelical pastor and his wife who befriend Wilson and begin to rethink their most deeply held beliefs, and local residents who must decide what their cherished small town values really mean.

“What better places to promote dialogue and mutual understanding,” said Wilson, “than in public libraries, churches, schools, colleges and universities, community centers and local theaters, those great institutions where families, friends and neighbors in small towns and rural communities come together to talk about and develop solutions to the most challenging issues of the day?”

Out InThe Silence was produced in association with the Sundance Institute. The screening is sponsored by the ACLU of South Dakota, Black Hills Center for Equality, Voices of the Heartland Independent Film Series, and the BHSU Multicultural Committee.

For more information about the screening contact Jane Klug, director of Student Services, at 605-642-6080 or Jane.Klug@BHSU.edu.

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