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06.28.2017 | Screening and discussion of Sandra Pfeifer’s award-winning documentary AGAINST ALL THE ODDS – a chance to learn histories of racial conflict, cultural richness, and decline in East St. Louis | Free

June 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Categories: Class Workshops, Film, Storytelling


This documentary is your chance to learn astounding local history through the lens of East St. Louis community members themselves. Historical photographs, archival footage, and interviews of locals who have lived through the tumultuous, rich history of their community leave a lasting, personal impression. East St. Louis exemplifies the ability of a disadvantaged community that has suffered so much strife, including racial conflict such as the riots of 1917 and economic decline from population and industrial shifts, to maintain a strong community that produced incredible contributions to American culture through jazz, blues, dance, and more. This documentary, which has also been screened at film festivals and colleges across the country and received numerous awards, will be followed on the 28th by a participatory discussion, led by director Sandra Pfeifer, giving attendees the chance to network with like-minded citizens and learn more about local history.

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