GV Human Rights Commission Debuts “HRC Conversations” With A Movie Night

Movies often prompt commentary and discussion, which is why the Golden Valley Human Rights Commission (HRC) chose film as the medium for rolling out its new “HRC Conversations” program. The first HRC Movie Night event is set for Nov 21 at 6:30 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers.

The movie “MN Nice?” is a documentary featuring interviews with students across Minnesota, most of whom have been victims of bullying. Directed by Edina native Alec Fischer, the movie includes insights from dozens of students, ranging from a teen who has a fascination for Barney the dinosaur to several young gay or bisexual men and women.

“Minnesota has this reputation of being nice,” Fischer said in a 2012 StarTribune article, “but spend a week walking the halls of schools and you will hear things that are truly disgusting.”

Fischer is currently a sophomore at the University of Minnesota. He made “Minnesota Nice?” when he was 17, and for the past two years he has traveled across the Midwest giving bullying and anti-discrimination presentations to schools and communities. The movie has been shown in schools internationally and is currently being re-edited to be submitted to film festivals.

The HRC’s Nov 21 showing of “MN Nice?” will be followed by a facilitated panel discussion with the audience. Fischer will be part of the panel, which will also include a social worker, a representative of  OutFront Minnesota, a licensed family therapist, and a Robbinsdale School District representative.

The mission of the Golden Valley HRC is to help promote and nourish a safe, respectful, and welcoming community. The Commission is developing the “HRC Conversations” program as a way to build awareness and facilitate dialogue within the community about human rights and social justice issues.

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