Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North

More than 60 racially diverse community people attended Create CommUNITY’s first Movie-Night “Traces of the Trade” held at the beautiful St. Cloud Public Library on June 18, 2009 and about 30 people stayed for a deeply engaged discussion on the film. 

The book “Inheriting the Trade” by Thomas DeWolf was also made available to participants by Create CommUNITY’s generous supporters. This event was a further opportunity for the community to come together to talk about race and its implications in our society.

The film is Winner of the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film & Digital Media from the Council on Foundations and Grantmakers in Film & Electronic Media. It documents a unique journey of one family’s discovery into the history and legacy of slavery in the United States. This documentary “is an important historical corrective to America's view of slavery and its consequences, and a probing essay into divergent versions of a history that continues to divide black and white in America in both the North and South.”

Color of Fear

On August 18, 2009, twenty-nine people (50% people of color) viewed this insightful, ground- breaking film about the state of race relations in America as seen through the eyes of eight North American men of Asian, European, Latino and African descent. It was produced in 1994, directed by Lee Mun Wah, to have a dialog about the state of race relations in the USA which today can still be emotionally charged.

Made in LA

On April 20, 2010, about thirty people attended this Emmy Award winning film about immigrant women, workers’ rights and justice. Two organizations co-sponsored this showing with Create CommUNITY – National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum and Perseverance.