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Follow the film

Intrigued by Google art commemorating the April 16, 1889 birthday of Charlie Chaplin, I decided to learn a bit more about the man I know only as a comedic talent from black and white film days. I was still in my teens when Chaplin died on Christmas Day of 1977, and I’ve seen very little of his work.

One of the first articles I found had a scholarly bent, exploring in greater detail than most the mental illness that plagued Chaplin’s mother for most of her life — and the likely impact of her illness, supposedly related somehow to the ravages of syphillis, on his life and career.

I was particularly struck by references to the “Cane Hill Lunatic Asylum” and the “Lambert Hospital Register of Lunatics.” No one wishes to be on such “lists” or to see their mother battle the dual inhumanity of illness and inhumane treatment.

Chaplin’s father died when Chaplin was just 1o years old. By 14, Chaplin had his first legit acting gig — and he went on to earn awards and accolades for his film work.

Chaplin worked as a performer and film producer, but also wrote several books and scripts. Chaplin, who played violin and cello, was a composer as well.

You can learn more about Charlie Chaplin, his family and his career by visiting www.charliechaplin.com.

But if contemporary cinema is more your style, you’ll also want to check out www.thefilmbarphx.com — the website for a 21 + film and wine/beer venue located in “Roosevelt Row.”

I first learned of the Film Bar from Denise Kronsteiner with Scottsdale Community College, my contact for all things wonderful at SCC — including “The Many Faces of Hate” film series they present with the Anti-Defamation League.

Kronsteiner alerted me to a screening for the film “Afghanistan: Between Light and Darkness,” directed by Penelope Price, founding director of the film school at SCC — which led me to an organization called PARSA and their program titled “Children of Afghanistan.”

I’ve learned some pretty fascinating things just following these films. Check out current and upcoming fare at the Film Bar — including “Idiots and Angels,” “Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story” and “Eat the Sun” — and you just might feel the same way.

— Lynn

Note: Click here for details about the April 27 film being presented in “The Many Faces of Hate” series from SCC and the ADL.

Coming up: Parents meet prose, If you build it…


Art speaks louder than words

Though the official 2011 “No Name-Calling Week” has come and gone, every day should be a no name-calling day — so I’m pleased to share some artwork with an anti-bullying theme.

The works were created by Valley youth, many of whom know the ugliness of being bullied firsthand.

These artists include students from South Pointe High School in Phoenix and youth from YEP! House — a Phoenix center for LGBT youth and “allies” ages 14 to 24.

YEP! House is a program of “1 in 10” — a non-profit organization “dedicated to serving LGBTQ youth” through “empowering social and service programs.”

The art in this post was exhibited at SCC last week as part of their "Bullied" film event with the Anti-Defamation League

One of several posters displayed outside the Turquoise Room at SCC last week

If you enjoy the work, you can experience plenty more at an upcoming exhibit titled “Unknown: Artwork by Queer, Undocumented and Homeless Youth” — taking place February 4 and 11 at the “Release the Fear” studio in Phoenix. 

 — Lynn

Note: Photos taken by Lynn Trimble at the recent “Bullied” film event presented by the Anti-Defamation League and Scottsdale Community College during “No Name-Calling Week.”

Coming up: Tough choices, Valentine’s Day gifts for art lovers, Stage daughter musings on “This”

Mothers and sons

I went to Scottsdale Community College recently to see the latest offering in the anti-hate film series they present each year with the Anti-Defamation League.

The film, titled “Bullied,” recounts events leading up to a court case involving a Wisconsin student who’d been brutally harassed during middle and high school because of his sexual orientation.

A title can be a telling thing. Given the name of the film, I expected to learn more about bullying and the challenges facing LGBT youth — and I did.

"Mother & Son" by Stephen Armstrong

But titles rarely reveal the whole story, for I found this film to be first and foremost a profound glimpse into the precious relationship of a mother and her son.

After the film, someone commented that “coming out is really something that happens for the whole family.”

The film “Bullied” beautifully portrays the impact of bullying on Jamie Nabozny’s entire family, and everyone around him — including other targets, bullies and bystanders.

We’re often reminded that “it takes a village to raise a child.” But “Bullied” reminds us that “it takes a village to protect a child.” If you’re not doing something to prevent bullying in our communities, you’re part of the problem.

The film offers ways that those who experience and witness bullying can stand up and reach out. During a post film Q & A session, a tall and slender young man from Africa stood to recount his family’s own experience with brutality.

We spoke a while near the close of the evening about his mother, Rose, and a film sharing their story — which I’ll feature in a future post.

I was especially moved by comments he shared earlier with the 100 + people gathered at SCC, noting that objections simply shouted in the street are easily ignored.

The real key, according to John Moise, is for parents to discuss bullying in their homes — even with their very young children.

Bullying will be banished only when each of us take responsibility for teaching our children that it is wrong to hurt others or to simply stand by as others cause harm.

I shared with Moise some of the words I’d helped my young children formulate when they were barely knee-high, so they’d know how to advocate in the moment for kids being teased or harrassed.

Telling our children they have to stand up to injustice is all good and fine, but too often we fail as parents to actually give them the concrete tools they need to do so.

Parents and teachers eager to learn more about bullying prevention have plenty of resources — including the Anti-Defamation League, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.

As folks from the ADL pointed out after the film, bullying that goes unchecked too often escalates to violence — even genocide.

I was also moved during the Q & A session by a father who spoke of his work as a Christian minister, and how often he’d preached hatred toward homosexuality before learning that his own son was gay.

Life is plenty challenging for LGBT youth. But imagine what it’s like for those rejected even by their own parents.

As the mother/son story in “Bullied” makes clear, it’s our job to love and protect our children — and the other children of the world — no matter what.

— Lynn

Note: I also chatted after the film with a woman who does “Holocaust tracing” for the American Red Cross — who told me about the recent reunification of family members from Poland. I’ll share more of her story in a future post as well.

Coming up: Art speaks louder than words