Documentary and Discussion at MCL: ‘Stay Human’

Documentary and Discussion at MCL: ‘Stay Human’

Documentary and Discussion at MCL: ‘Stay Human’

Manchester Community Library (MCL) will screen the documentary, ‘Stay Human,’ on Wednesday, September 4, at 7 p.m. A discussion will follow the 95-minute film, led by Julie Freebern of the Burr and Burton Academy music department and Reverend Claire Longtin North.

In ‘Stay Human,’ award-winning musician Michael Franti takes the audience on a personal journey during which he meets extraordinary humans around the world who inspire him to overcome cynicism with optimism in today’s challenging times. Among the tales thathe shares are those of Robin Lim, a midwife who opened a birthing clinic in the aftermath of a devastating typhoon in the Philippines; Steve and Hope Dezember, a young couple whose love carries them through Steve’s battle with ALS; and Sive Mazinyo and Busisiwwe Vazi, who help inspire their community of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, through music and education.

Franti is a gifted and much-heralded musician, singer-songwriter, spoken word artist, documentarian and political activist. He is the creator and lead vocalist of Michael Franti and Spearhead, a band that blends hip hop with a variety of other styles including funk, reggae, jazz, folk and rock. Through his music and poetry, Franti tackles a range of peace and social justice issues.

Freebern received the Distinguished Music Educator Award from the Yale School of Music and was the recipient of Burr and Burton Academy’s Bigelow Fund for Excellence Faculty Grant in 2007. She was honored by BBA with the 2017 Rowland Faculty Chair Award. Her choirs have performed at both Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.

North is a writer, minister of spiritual science, ceremonialist, and founder of A Community Ministry in the Mountains. Over the past seven years, she has been involved in initiating poetry events and programming for National Poetry Month in Vermont and New York State.

The film screening and discussion are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. MCL is located at 138 Cemetery Avenue in Manchester Center. For more information, contact the Library at 802-362-2607.