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The Appreciating Diversity Film Series: An Evening of Short Films

April 20, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Calling all film fans!

The Appreciating Diversity Fim Series will kick-off the Piedmont Food Fest’s celebration of Bay Area diversity by exploring the many flavors of families with five short documentary films on Thursday, April 20.

Please bring your own family and friends to more fully experience the range of family diversity through themes such as adoption, homelessness, women’s issues, education, and gender identity. The films are appropriate for children ages 10 and up. As always, ADFS films are FREE.

Join ADFS for one or all five of these documentary films which will be screened starting at 7:00pm, in the following order. The five films have a total running time of about one hour.

Absolutely No Spitting. A Jewish mother and her multiracial 4-year-old adopted daughter explore their DNA profiles and what it means to have many identities and cultures in your genetic heritage. From Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand.

A Concerto Is a Conversation. A virtuoso jazz pianist and film composer traces his family’s lineage through his 91-year-old grandfather from Jim Crow Florida to the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Short Film.

Almost Famous: The Silent Pulse of the Universe. In 1967, a young astronomer, Jocelyn Bell, made a breakthrough discovery in astronomy, but as a woman in the sciences her role was overlooked and unfairly ignored.

What You’ll Remember.  The story of young Bay Area parents determined to give their four children a good life despite moving in and out of homelessness over a period of fifteen years.

Texas Strong. Kai Shappley, a 6-year old trans child in Texas, fights to be recognized and accepted by her devout Christian family. Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Short Documentary.



April 20, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Ellen Driscoll Playhouse
325 Highland Ave.
Piedmont, 94611
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