CARBONDALE — SIU's Multicultural Resource Center and the Carbondale Community Arts are presenting a free community screening of "Finding the Gold Within," a movie about four African-American college men.
The film will be screened from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 11 at 304 W. Walnut St. The film was screened at the Big Muddy Film Festival in 2015 and won the prestigious John Michaels Award.
This feature-length documentary is directed by Karina Epperlein, and is being screened as part of Black History Month at SIU.
"Finding the Gold Within" follows six black men from Akron, Ohio, through their first years of college. Each of them is determined to disprove society’s stereotypes and low expectations, according to a news release from organizers. In the intimate circle of Alchemy — which has been their “family” since sixth grade — they speak of their disappointments, despairs, trials and triumphs with a disarming honesty.
Alchemy Inc. and its leaders have been working in the school system in the Cleveland area, mentoring young black urban youth from middle through high school, according to a press release from the organizers. Exploring ancient stories from diverse cultures, as well as drumming and writing, this innovative program gives the youth a chance to grow into self-knowledge, discipline and confidence.