‘Quilted Conscience’ documentary screening in Omaha June 20

News Release Date: 
June 5, 2013

For Immediate Release

‘Quilted Conscience’ documentary screening in Omaha June 20

LINCOLN, Neb. (June 5, 2013) -- “The Quilted Conscience,” an uplifting film about refugee girls finding a new life and friendship with local residents through art in Grand Island, Neb., screens at Omaha’s Aksarben Cinema, 2110 S. 67th St.,  June 20.

The free screening begins at 7 p.m. Prior to the screening, from 5:30-7 p.m., a networking reception hosted by NET, Omaha Public Schools, the Omaha Refugee Task Force, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Nebraska Appleseed and You’re Welcome in Omaha will occur at the theater. Culturally related foods, exhibits about the refugee task force and displays of the quilts and associated photos will be part of the reception.

“The Quilted Conscience” tells the story of 16 Sudanese girls who land with their families in Grand Island, far from the trauma of their war-weary homeland. Filmmaker John Sorensen documents their journey as new Americans as they participate in an arts project with a local quilters guild, guided by a nationally known African American quilt-maker, Peggy Hartwell. The girls create memory panels that depict their lives in Sudan, and dream panels that show their aspirations and wishes. With the help of the quilt guild, the panels become a work of art, and transform the girls and their mentors in ways that were unexpected and heartwarming.

Sorensen is a Nebraska native now living in New York. The film was produced in association with NET Television; Christine Lesiak was executive producer for NET.

A community discussion will follow the screening. Panelists will include Sorensen, Hartwell, Lesiak and several of the young women and one of the adult quilters featured in the film. Susan Mayberger, coordinator of English-language learning, migrant and refugee education for Omaha Public Schools, will moderate the discussion.

Marthaellen Florence, NET director of community education and outreach, is coordinating the project. “We are excited to showcase this Nebraska project especially because June 22 is World Refugee Day,” Florence said. “Nebraska is the new home of many refugees and our state is working to welcome them and help them succeed.”

For more information about  NET Community Engagement and Educational Outreach, check the NET website at http://netNebraska.org/engage

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CONTACT: NET Community Outreach director Marthaellen Florence, 402-470-6603 or  mflorence@netNebraska.org
RELEASE WRITTEN BY: Kim Hachiya, 402-470-6694, or khachiya@netNebraska.org