Five1Four9 Productions, sponsored by Villanova University and The Waterhouse Foundation, invites you to the premiere of Rise and Shine.
Rise and Shine, a student-produced documentary, focuses on the important social justice issue of education. The movies parallels the lives of two students: one living in Ghana and attending The Heritage Academy, and the other living in North Philadelphia and attending Strawberry Mansion High School. Topics in this documentary, including school closures, economic struggles, and racial inequalities, intend to spark dialogue about the lasting effects of slavery and colonialism.
After the screening, filmmaker and author MK Asante Jr. will address some of these issues as he discusses the larger themes of the documentary. The crew will be on hand to address the audience and discuss the experience of creating a film that unites the education systems of Ghana and The United States.
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Five1Four9 Productions was recently established in August 2012 by a group of passionate and devoted undergraduate students in the Social Justice Documentary Program at Villanova University. Our name refers to the distance in miles between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Cape Coast, Ghana. We are trying to show that, despite the immense geographic distance between the two areas, they are connected by individuals who have the intense desire to better the quality of education.