This documentary by Kim Snyder explores one community's struggle to integrate newcomers from other countries into its rural culture, asking the question, who is American and exploring the idea of American identity. A panel discussion afterwards will include speakers from groups who help refugees and immigrants adjust to new lives here in Columbia. Co-sponsored by Missouri Immigrant & Refugee Advocates as part of the photo exhibit "The Missouri Immigrant Experience: Faces and Places" April 5–25 at the Columbia Public Library. (Film is 50 min., rated PG.)
This documentary written and directed by Ann Fessler (author of "The Girls Who Went Away") combines footage from educational films and newsreels to trace the history of what happened to over a million young women who surrendered their children in the '50s and '60s, and kept it secret. The film will be followed by a panel discussion including an adoptive parent, an adoptee, birth parents involved with an open and closed adoption and a social worker. Co-sponsored by the Adoption Triad Connection of Mid-Missouri.