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“Columbus Day Legacy": A Film Screening and Dialogue Series, #5

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Trinity Episcopal Church

503 Asbury Avenue

Asbury Park, NJ 07712

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Join us for a free screening of the compelling documentary, "Columbus Day Legacy", in the gym of Trinity Episcopal Church in Asbury Park!

"Columbus Day Legacy" explores the quintessential American issues of free speech and ethnic pride against the backdrop of the ongoing Columbus Day parade controversy in Denver, Colorado. Navajo filmmaker Bennie Klain takes viewers into this very personal yet very public conflict, asking tough questions about identity and history in America.

Excerpted from the review in NewWest:

"Thirty years before FDR made it a federal holiday, Colorado decided a celebration of Christopher Columbus was in order. [This film] picks up 100 years after that, during the charged runup to the 2007 Denver Columbus Day Parade. For years, Native Americans and their supporters have protested the parade for reasons best summed up in the first few minutes of the film by one of those leading the fight: "Why is there a holiday to an Indian-killing slave-trader?"

They put a stop to the event in '92, before George Vendegnia of the new generation of Sons of Italy promised his dying father he'd bring it back. And he did, kicking it off again in 2000. Before and since, Vendegnia and his fellow Italian Americans have maintained the parade is a hard-fought celebration of their heritage and history. And besides, says Vendegnia, "It's two hours once a year. What's the big deal?" ...call it Italian-American Day. Take Columbus out, since any history beyond sailing the blue in 1492 shows ol’ Chris was a tricky [devil], saved by the natives he found so pleasant, only to kidnap them, take them to Spain and turn them into Christians, among many other indignities.

But in Denver, Columbus isn’t even the worst of it. The Third Colorado Calvary is. Reenactors of that unit have, in the past, led the parade on horses and in uniforms reminiscent of those worn during the late 1800s. They still have a spot, if they want it, each year. The “big deal,” to use Vendegnia’s words from the movie, is the Third Colorado Cavalry is responsible for the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre in Eastern Colorado, where 133 Indians were brutally killed, 105 of them women and children.

So, why...are we celebrating its perpetrators? This film doesn’t answer that. But it doesn’t purport to."

2010, 34 min.
United States, Documentary
Director: Bennie Klain (Navajo)
Producer: Leighton C. Peterson
Co-producer: Vision Maker Media
Executive Producer: Shirley K. Sneve (Rosebud Sioux)

Discussion Guides

https://www.visionmakermedia.org/sites/default/files/resources/edu_vdg_codl.pdf

http://www.teachingforchange.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/ZEP_AbolishColumbusDay_Packet.pdf

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6:30pm Welcome and Opening Comments by The Racial Justice Project

6:45pm Film Screening, Runtime 0:34

7:15-9:15 Community Discussion


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Is there a cost for this event?

This event is FREE! Your donations towards our expenses are always welcome, but not required :)

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No, there is no ID or age requirement. However, please take note of the film rating, subject matter, and adjust accordingly.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Walk, bike, or take the NJ Transit to Asbury Park station. Then walk a few blocks north to Asbury Avenue. Go right (east) on Asbury Avenue a few blocks. The Trinity Church gym will be on your left at the intersection of Asbury Avenue and Grand Avenue, three blocks before the beach. Street parking is ample and free.

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This is an indoor venue. Please bring water or other non-alcoholic beverages if the weather is warm.

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