Films for the Future:
Raising the Curtain on the Technology Gap
Virtual Screening: Available anytime!
Exclusive Short Documentary & Panel Discussion: February 18, 2021 | 5-6 p.m.
We are excited to announce film two in our Films for the Future series, Without A Net: The Digital Divide In America.
Released in 2017 by Verizon Wireless, Without A Net: The Digital Divide In America is a documentary exploring the importance of equitable technology education in America’s public schools. While examining the technological challenges students from economically deprived schools often face the film also looks at the transformative potential of fully equipping all students for a digital world. Together, we will see the need for a multi-faceted solution to closing the technology gap in public schools.
We will gather virtually on February 18 for a live viewing of, Connecting in a Digital World: A DPS Foundation Short Documentary, exploring perspectives from DPS educators, parents and students on triumphs and lessons learned during the pandemic and what connection means to student success overall. This will be followed by a panel discussion and live audience Q&A.
How would the viewing of the documentary work, virtually?
Without A Net: The Digital Divide in America was produced by DPS Foundation partner Verizon Wireless in 2017. It is available to stream anytime. We do recommend watching the film within a week of the panel discussion if possible to keep it fresh in your mind. The film is just under one hour.
Please note, Connecting in a Digital World: A DPS Foundation Short Documentary, will be shown as part of the hour-long panel on February 18 and attendees will not have access to this film prior to the panel.
How does the panel discussion work?
To join the panel discussion on February 18, please register for the event and you will receive an email confirmation with a link to join the panel. When you join the Films for the Future event on February 18 via Zoom, we will all view the DPS short film together. A panel discussion will then take place followed by a live audience Q&A.
Films for the Future, initially launched in 2018, is a DPS Foundation fundraising event that seeks to educate the community. It creates a space where we can shine light on relevant topics related to education while we strive to learn and grow together alongside topic experts so we can better understand and support today’s issues.
Thank you, 2020 Sponsors
THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FOR OUR FIRST FILM
Thank you to all who joined us for our virtual Films for the Future event! We are grateful to all who joined in the conversations and to those who leaned in so we could grow together.
November 17 & 18, DPS Foundation brought community members together virtually to shine light on racism through our third annual Films for the Future event. The event started with an at-home screening of the Point Made Learning documentary I’m Not Racist…Am I? which highlights a diverse group of teens through a year-long exploration to get at the heart of racism, with an intentional focus on equity and what it means to be anti-racist.
Catherine Wigginton Greene, DPS alum from George Washington High School Class of 1995 and filmmaker talked about her own experiences as a DPS student and what has—and also hasn’t– changed since she graduated more than 20 years ago.
“I was seeing things around the school, a framework, that no one ever gave us a chance to talk about. We parked our cars in different lots, everything from where we ate, who we spent time with…my world was still quite white. When I went back and showed the film for the first time in Denver at George Washington, the kids were talking about the same exact things that were going on when I was there. One thing I noticed is the kids are ready to talk about it now. It was a really passionate discussion and heartening that DPS was having these conversations.”
We heard from former student and panelist, Abigail Jean-Baptiste, who is biracial, about how growing up she always felt uncomfortable talking about race. Abigail joined the event for a behind the scenes discussion to provide additional insight to the film and its impact:
“These are conversations that every single human being has to have if we want to reach racial justice and equality in our lives. It’s going to be hard but everyone’s going to come out in a better place. Racial justice is so important and it’s events like this that will start to get us there. These are the kind of conversations that are going to fight white supremacy.”
The DPS Foundation is committed to hosting conversations and taking action to address systemic oppression and racism in the community. This film aims to inspire everyone to interrupt racism in their own lives.
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