Press Release: ACCESS Screens Documentary

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ACCESS Screens Documentary “The Anatomy of Hate: A Dialogue for Hope”
Dearborn Arab American center to host free dinner, film, and discussion

DEARBORN, MICHIGAN (PRWeb) March 1, 2010 — As one of many events scheduled across the country in support of “The Night of 1000 Conversations”, the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) will sponsor an open dialogue following a free screening of the award-winning documentary, “The Anatomy of Hate: A Dialogue for Hope”.

“This event is part of a larger nationwide grassroots campaign launched by The Rights Working Group to raise awareness of the dangers of profiling,” explained Nadia Tonova, Advocacy & Policy Supervisor for ACCESS & NNAAC. “We chose Flint director Mike Ramsdell’s eye-opening documentary because it not only explores the ideologies of hate, but teaches ways to overcome them. This powerful film moved one critic to say, ‘like medical anatomy, [the film] cuts to reveal, and in deeply revealing it moves us toward healing’.”

The film will be shown at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn on Friday, March 5, 2010. Following the film, guests will be treated to a dinner and discussion with Mr. Ramsdell. The event will take place from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and must be reserved. There also will be materials from the 2010 U.S. Census available, and a speaker from the Census Bureau will speak about the importance of being counted.

“In today’s world the fear is palpable – used in politics, marketing, and media it saturates our collective ether and has driven a divisionary wedge through this world like never before – East vs. West, gay vs. straight, right vs. left, us vs. them, etc. My goal was to make a film that understands this process and how it leads to all acts of war, violence, and hate. Albert Einstein said, ‘Peace can only be achieved through understanding.’ I believe that, and I believe that such understanding is achieved through genuine engaged dialogue,” said Mike Ramsdell. “I have been honored to start that dialogue all over the world with this film. As a native of Flint, I am all the more honored to be working in my home state with such a significant organization as ACCESS. I spent five years entrenched in the exploration of hate, violence and war, and it has led me to a most unexpected conclusion – hope.”

Director Ramsdell is currently touring college campuses, film festivals and community events to animate community dialogue. In recent months, reactions to the film from screenings around the country include: ‘amazing’, ‘awesome’, and ‘intense’. Additional information on screenings can be found at: http://theanatomyofhate.com/category/screenings

About ACCESS
The Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) is a nonprofit agency committed to advocating for and empowering individuals, families, and communities. ACCESS provides a wide range of health and human services, employment services, youth programs, educational and cultural programs and civic engagement, advocacy, and social entrepreneurship services. www.accesscommunity.org

About Under The Hood Productions

A production company launched in January 2003 in Atlanta, GA by filmmaker Michael Ramsdell to develop and produce thought provoking, independent narrative and documentary films, like “Montclair” and “The Anatomy of Hate”. A native of Flint, Michigan, Ramsdell currently resides in Brighton, Michigan with his wife and children.

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Media Contact for UTH Productions:
Donna Lehman

MarketUP, LLC

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Media Contact for ACCESS:
Emiliana Sandoval
Communications Specialists
313-842-5128
esandoval@accesscommunity.org