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Wed, May 22


Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago Cultural Center Screening

Join us for a screening of "Belonging in the USA: The Story of Michael D. McCarty" followed by a community-driven discussion. The filmmaker, Michael D. & several guests will participate and lead the night. Please share with your friends & communities! Thanks to Chicago Film Office for hosting!

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Chicago Cultural Center Screening
Chicago Cultural Center Screening

Time & Location

May 22, 2019, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA

About the event

Join us for light refreshments starting at 5:30 outside of the Claudia Cassidy Theatre.

Doors open at 6:00pm--Open Seating so get here early to get the best seats

Film screening begins at 6:30pm and will be emceed by Maria Ines Zamudio.

Community discussion follows the screening at 7:30pm.

The panel will be led by filmmaker, Arielle Nobile; the film's subject, Michael D. McCarty, and his daughter, Carla McCarty; and the subject of an upcoming film, Lourdes Nicholls, and her daughter, Mari Kaczkowski. Discussion will cover topics reflected in the film such as racism, freedom, spiritual journeys, faith, resilience, overcoming addiction, family and so much more.

“Belonging in the USA: The Story of Michael D. McCarty” shares the journey of a man who even in the face of great obstacles spreads joy wherever he goes. Follow Michael as he evolves from aspiring scientist to the Black Panther Party, from FBI target to soldier, from drug addiction to an ashram. The twists and turns of Michael’s life will fill you with hope, laughter and a living example of resilience. Blending interviews with stop motion animation and archival footage, Michael’s story reminds us how we grow through the challenges life throws our way.

Suitable for people 13 years and older. Please see trailer to decide if this is appropriate for your child:

Film will include Closed Captioning.

Please note that this event is being filmed and/or recorded by Legacy Connections Films ("Legacy"). By your attendance, you consent to and authorize Legacy and its licensees to use this film or recording, including your still image and voice, for any lawful purpose on an irrevocable and unlimited basis in all media now known or here-after devised throughout the world in perpetuity, without any compensation or payment being made for any such use. You hereby waive any right which you might otherwise have to inspect or approve any such film or recording or use thereof. You release and discharge Legacy and its employees from any liability arising from the making or editing of such film or recording.

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