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Shakti Butler: Stimulating Dialogue among Diverse Film Viewers

Shakti Butler: Stimulating Dialogue among Diverse Film Viewers janice r. welsch in october 2012, depaul universit y in chicago hosted the premiere of Shakti Butler's latest film, Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity. Thanks to the su perb organization of the event by numerous campus cosponsors, an audience of over five hundred students, faculty, staff, and commu nity members was on hand to see the film and participate in the discussion it sparked. And it did spark discussion, not only because of the issues it brought to the fore but also because Butler, the founder of World Trust Educational Services Inc., invited audience members to en gage those issues and prepared them to do so. One aspect of Butler's presentation that can disarm an audience, one she uses regularly in her workshops and talks, is the brief breathing/ focusing exercise she asks audience members to participate in before she begins. This may take just five minutes, but sitting up straight, breathing deeply, and clearing one's mind pays dividends when people respond by directing their attention to the task at hand: seeing and hearing with open minds and hearts what they are shown. Beginning a presentation in this way, however, carries a certain risk since http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Film and Video University of Illinois Press

Shakti Butler: Stimulating Dialogue among Diverse Film Viewers

Journal of Film and Video , Volume 68 (1) – Mar 9, 2016

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Abstract

janice r. welsch in october 2012, depaul universit y in chicago hosted the premiere of Shakti Butler's latest film, Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity. Thanks to the su perb organization of the event by numerous campus cosponsors, an audience of over five hundred students, faculty, staff, and commu nity members was on hand to see the film and participate in the discussion it sparked. And it did spark discussion, not only because of the issues it brought to the fore but also because Butler, the founder of World Trust Educational Services Inc., invited audience members to en gage those issues and prepared them to do so. One aspect of Butler's presentation that can disarm an audience, one she uses regularly in her workshops and talks, is the brief breathing/ focusing exercise she asks audience members to participate in before she begins. This may take just five minutes, but sitting up straight, breathing deeply, and clearing one's mind pays dividends when people respond by directing their attention to the task at hand: seeing and hearing with open minds and hearts what they are shown. Beginning a presentation in this way, however, carries a certain risk since

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Journal of Film and VideoUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Mar 9, 2016

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