NET’s June 16 Coffee and Conversation Film Is ‘The Quilted Conscience’

News Release Date: 
June 5, 2013

For Immediate Release

NET’s June 16 Coffee and Conversation Film Is ‘The Quilted Conscience’

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., is the “Coffee and Conversation in the Community” film June 16.

The film screens at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center at 13th and Q streets on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.

“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 discussion in UNL’s Van Brunt Visitors Center 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.

“Coffee and Conversation” is free and open to the public and is presented by NET Learning Services/NET Community Engagement and Educational Outreach. The films are shown in partnership with ITVS Community Cinema, Lincoln community radio station KZUM (89.3 FM), Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Southeast Community College. Additional partners for this screening include Nebraska Appleseed, Nebraska is Home, Center for People in Need, Sudanese Association and the Clyde Malone Community Center.

For more information on the series and NET Community Engagement and Educational Outreach, check the NET website at



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