MCLA to Present Free Screening of Award-Winning Film Tuesday


NORTH ADAMS, MA - Filmmaker Anne Macksoud will show her award-winning film, "Grandmother to Grandmother," at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) on Tuesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. in Murdock Hall room 218.

The event, sponsored by MCLA's Freel Library, is free and open to the public.

"Grandmother to Grandmother," a winner of the Cine Golden Eagle Award, describes the problem of 13 million children orphaned by AIDS, who live in Sub-Saharan Africa. A number of these children are themselves infected with HIV. With no one to care for them, many live on the streets, begging for food in the day and sleeping in trash-filled lots at night.

However, between 40 and 60 percent of these orphaned children are being raised by their grandmothers, who are impoverished themselves. These older women now have the total responsibility for raising another generation. Few can afford the books and uniforms required to send their grandchildren to school.

"Grandmother to Grandmother" proposes a practical solution as it tells the stories of grandmothers and grandchildren from two model projects - one in Tanzania and the other in the Bronx, N.Y. The film shows how inspired partnerships can transform people's lives with opportunities for renewal and hope.

According to Macksoud, she uses her productions "as tools for education and activism in the name of social change." In addition to the screening of her film, Macksoud will speak briefly to answer questions about the film and her work. 

This presentation of "Grandmother to Grandmother" is supported in part with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

For more information, contact Linda Kaufmann, MCLA public services librarian, 413-662-5325.