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Wednesday, Feb 24
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Discussion: Building a Plan for Social Equity
4:00 PM Film: Minari
5:30 PM A Conversation With Poet Kevin Young
7:00 PM Africa World Documentary Film Festival
7:00 PM Virtual Art Show: Icelandic Painter Frida Freyja
7:00 PM  Book Discussion: Caste - The Origins of Our Discontents
Thursday, Feb 25
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:00 PM Book Event: Ruth Druart
2:00 PM CSA for Fair Housing Workshop on Race
4:00 PM Film: Minari
Friday, Feb 26
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Black Nerds Expo
7:00 PM Movie: Tuskekee Airman
Saturday, Feb 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Sunday, Feb 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Monday, Mar 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, Mar 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
5:00 PM The Tempest Shakespeare Reading Part 1
Wednesday, Mar 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:30 PM Film: 1982
Thursday, Mar 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Friday, Mar 5
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Saturday, Mar 6
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Sunday, Mar 7
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Monday, Mar 8
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
All Day Dance Film: Dadu (Opening)
Tuesday, Mar 9
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events


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04/07/2021 - Film: Love is War

Foreign Language Film Night Series will screen the following films for the general public in The Languages of SoCal mini-series. Each film will be followed by a discussion with a San Diego university/college faculty and a neighbor about cultural aspects of the film and their immigrant experiences. The discussion will last about 30 minutes and include a Q&A open to all participants.

Admission/Cost: FREE
All the films via Zoom from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Email creative director, Stacy Nyikos (, for the viewing links.

Films, dates and discussants:

Wednesday, February 17 -
Mosul - After his life is saved by a rogue Iraqi squadron, a young police officer joins them in their fight against ISIS in a decimated Mosul.
Shak Hanish, professor of political science at National University, and Ghadah Al Saadi, instructor of Iraqi/MSA at SDSU-LARC (who was born in Mosul).

Wednesday, March 3 -
1982 - During the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, an 11-year-old boy tries to tell a classmate about his crush on her while their teachers try to hide their fear of the conflict.
Iman Bakour-Aziz, Levantine, MSA instructor at SDSU-LARC, and Maha Gebara-Lamb, biostatistician and instructor at MiraCosta College and member of AMEMSA+ (Arab, Middle Eastern, Moslem, South Asian, plus group).

Wednesday, March 24 -
Miriam Miente (Mirium Lies) - Miriam doesn't know how to explain to her family that the boyfriend she met online is black.
Cristian Aquino-Sterling, associate dean of diversity and international affairs SDSU College of Education, and Patricia McGregor, theater director, playwright and performer in San Diego, currently working on a piece at UCSD.

Wednesday, April 7 -
Love is War - In this Nigerian comedy, sparks fly as a husband and wife both win the nominations as the candidates of the two major parties in an upcoming gubernatorial election. Will their marriage survive this unprecedented event?
Niyi Coker, director of the School of Theater, Television, and Film at SDSU, and Ihuoma Nwaogwugwu, competency engineer for 3D printing at HP, and lead actor Richard Mofe-Damijo.

April 28 -
Based on a real-life story, this South Korean film focuses on Ahn Jung-in (Shin Hye-sun), a lawyer who decides to defend her mother after she is wrongly accused of killing someone at her husband's funeral.
Insook Kang, Korean instructor at SDSU, and Jimi Kim, South Korean film expert and lecturer.
02/26/2021 - Movie: Tuskekee Airman
The WorldBeat Cultural Center will present 3 online screenings in honor of Black History Month.

• American Skin: A war veteran seeks justice when police kill his unarmed son during a routine traffic stop.

• Marshall: Starring Chadwick Boseman as Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice, and focuses on one of the first cases of his career, the State of Connecticut v. Joseph Spell.

• The Tuskegee Airmen: A 1995 HBO television movie based on the exploits of an actual groundbreaking unit, the first African-American combat pilots in the United States Army Air Corps, that fought in World War II.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Online streaming event

Film dates:
Friday, February 12 - 7:00 PM (American Skin)
Friday, February 19 - 7:00 PM (Marshall)
Friday, February 26 - 7:00 PM (Tuskekee Airman)
02/11/2021 - 31st Annual San Diego International Jewish Film Festival
The 31st Annual San Diego International Jewish Film Festival returns to with a wide range of films including, documentaries, narrative feature films, comdedies, biographies, historical films and films about current affairs and issues as well a special online presentations and events. Please note that Limited-Time Screenings have specific dates of availability and a shorter time to view. All other films, with the exception of Private Screenings, are On-Demand throughout the duration of the festival

Admission/Cost: $12 for memeber, $15 for general public.

Online streaming event
For a complete list of films and viewing instructions, please visit HERE

Dates and times:
February 11 to February 21
02/11/2021 - Ongoing and Extended Events
31st Annual San Diego International Jewish Film Festival
February 11 to February 21

Online Gallery Showing: 'Anuncios'
Ongoing from February 13 until March 6, 2021
01/28/2021 - Persian Film Discussion: Winter Sleep
This event is free to attend for everyone and it is in Farsi & English.

Watching the film before the Q&A is not required, but highly recommended! You can watch this film on different channels such as YouTube, Amazon Prime, iTunes and Google Play.

Guest Speaker: Tanya Ahmadi

Winter Sleep - خواب زمستانی

A hotel owner and landlord in a remote Turkish village deal with conflicts within his family and a tenant behind on his rent..

Admission/Cost: FREE

Online Streaming Event
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Thursday, January 28 - 7:30 PM
01/16/2021 - Lecture: Qing Dynasty Ceramics
Allie Arnell will talk about the beauty of Qing Dynasty porcelain.

The Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) in China was a time of great change and innovation, especially in the field of ceramics. Several early rulers of the Qing dynasty reinvigorated the ceramic industry. These rulers celebrated both the colorful glazes of several great moments of Chinese ceramic history and fresh approaches to color and glaze technique. Additionally several changes to the structure of the industry allowed innovations to flourish at this time. The result was an elegant array of colorful vessels that are still celebrated today. This talk will focus on the fascinating output of this artist ferment and will focus on the monochromatic, underglaze and polychrome decoration of Qing Dynasty porcelain ceramics

Admission/Cost: FREE but please Register

Online Streaming Event
(See link above)

Saturday, January 16 - 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
11/20/2020 - SD Filipino Cinema Sine Kwento Lokal Shorts
Watch, support, and celebrate 15 short films made by our very own emerging Filipino American filmmakers here in San Diego. Lokal Shorts is part of Sine Kwento: Filipino Stories in Film, a month-long art exhibit and online film screenings in November hosted by the Bonita Museum and Cultural Center in collaboration with San Diego Filipino Cinema.

Admission/Cost: Free - $10

Location: Streaming Online

Friday, November 20 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
11/13/2020 -  Global Game On
Game on! Join the San Diego Diplomacy Council for their Signature Event, co-hosted by the San Diego chapter of the International Game Developers Association, to learn how digital diplomacy and video games help close divisive gaps around the world. Citizen diplomats, grandparents, parents, and children are encouraged to attend to help promote peace and playing together!

Panelists include Lual Mayen, who fled war-torn South Sudan and spent 22 years in a refugee camp. Today, he creates video games that build peace. He will be joined by Kate Edwards, a specialist in content culturalization and 27-year veteran of the gaming industry who currently serves as executive director of the Global Game Jam, the world’s largest annual game creation event; and Dr. Constance Steinkuehler, an American professor of informatics at the University of California, Irvine, who currently researches the cognitive and social aspects of video games and gaming, and previously advised on policy matters about video games and learning in the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House Executive Office. The event will also feature two representatives from the U.S. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, with welcome remarks from Assistant Secretary of State Marie Royce and moderation by Joshua Shen, a strategic designer for interactive media and games.

Then, attendees will witness the concept in action, as high school students participate in the video game Among Us that promotes global dialogue and collaboration.

Local guests will have the option to purchase dinner from IRC MAKE. The Project is a social enterprise catering and food company. It was created to provide low-literacy refugee women the opportunity to learn critical job skills and vocational English in a real, on-the-job setting. The event will also feature virtual door prizes, a live video game demonstration, and much more!
Your ticket/donation directly supports the San Diego Diplomacy Council’s mission: “To create professional, cultural and educational experiences that connect people and organizations, driving positive changes in themselves, their community and the world.”

Admission/Cost: Free - $25, Add-ons range from $20-$73.

Location: Online (Register using link above)

Friday, November 13 - 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

10/10/2020 - Music: Trio Gadjo and Besos de Coco
The groups Trio Gadjo and Besos de Coco will perform outside at Bird Park. They advise: "Bring your own Dance Partner and instruments. We are wearing masks and social distancing in order to continue to play and be safe outdoors . Please only stay within your pod and don’t gather in large numbers"

Admission/Cost: FREE

Bird Park
28th and Thorn
North Park
San Diego, CA
Saturday, October 10 - 4:30 PM
10/09/2020 - Film Bangla (SDIFF)
Phaim, a young Muslim of Bangladeshi origin born in Italy 22 years ago, lives with his family in Rome’s multiethnic Torpignattara neighborhood. He works as a museum steward, and plays in a band. At a concert, he meets Asia, his exact opposite: pure instinct, and no rules. The attraction between them is immediate, and Phaim will have to figure out how to reconcile his love for the young woman with the most inviolable of Islam’s rules: no sex before marriage.

Join the SDIFF for our live Q/A on October 11th at 11am PDT with screenwriter Vanessa Picciarelli.

Admission/Cost: $16

Click HERE for link.

Dates and times:
From Friday, October 9 to Sunday October 10

Sunday at 11:00 AM there will be a live online Q&A with the movie's screenwriter Vanessa Picciarelli
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