The Black Arts Alliance and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) New Hanover County chapter are teaming up once again for the conclusion of the Moral Mondays Film Series with the film “Inequality For All.” The film will show at the Cameron Art Museum Thursday, July 31, at 7 p.m. The screening is free to the public.
“[The series] brings awareness to the issues affecting North Carolina,” Charlon Turner, vice president of the Black Arts Alliance and director of the Black Film Festival, said. “The importance of all the films is to bring discussion and awareness. Each film is designed to bring that particular topic into the forefront and for people to be aware of the changes that are happening … and stand up for what is right.”
Robert Reich, professor of public policy at the University of California Berkeley and former Secretary of Labor during the Clinton administration, is featured in the film. Reich will demonstrate how the widening income gap is impacting the American economy. The documentary is an inside look of a man whose lifelong goal is to protect those who are unable to protect themselves.
“North Carolina, like the nation, is seeing increased barriers for too many to get ahead. ‘Inequality for All’ provides the important context for this experience and makes it clear that policy choices have built these barriers rather than a smoother path to a strong middle class,” Alexandra Sirota, Director of the N.C. Budget and Tax Center, wrote in a press release.
The Moral Monday Film Series kicked off in April with the final film’s showing on July 31. The film is also screening across North Carolina in places like Raleigh, Asheville and Charlotte.
“I think it affects us nationally. I think every city is affected,” Turner said about inequality. “There are a lot of people still unemployed, people who have families and are finding themselves in the position to ask for government help. … ‘Inequality For All’ is about the economic structure and how our economy is built to help the upper classes and leaves the under classes left to suffer. Instead of equal distribution of [wealth], they’re continuing to gain and those in the lower [socioeconomic class]are losing and losing.”
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