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During the past 13 years the One World Films has shown over 80 films to almost 10,000 festival attendees. Our films are shown at a variety of venues that have included the historic Kentucky Theater, the Lexington Public Library Theater, the University of Kentucky, and Transylvania University. We follow some screenings with discussions about the issues brought up in the films. Festival highlights have included film participants and directors discussing their work with audiences and panelists who are experts on the issues raised in the films. Numerous community organizations, like the Japan-American Society of Kentucky and the Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice, participate in the film showings with receptions and panel discussions. And since 2009 OWF has sponsored a film each year as part of the official Martin Luther King Day celebrations for the city of Lexington. We look forward to continuing our education and involvement in the community via film.
While One World Films has been in operation since 1998, over the past several years we have increased attendance at each film showing as well as increased the number of films. With the participation of more civic and social organization, such as the Bluegrass Indo-American Civic Society and the Sustainable Communities Network, we have brought different segments of the community together. In turn this has helped to broaden our community's awareness of the growing cultural diversity of Lexington.
One World Films (OWF) exceeded its goal for 2011 to reach new audiences. Average attendance at each of the 10 films was 240. In addition to OWF's festival in February and March, we also sponsored the filmSoundtrack for a Revolutionon Martin Luther King Day in January, that was attended by more than 650 individuals.In the coming year we are looking forward to helping more organizations in the planning of their programs and sponsoring films that speak to their missions.
We also hope to reach more people in the community who have not yet attended our screenings, especially teens and young adults. Not only are they an integral part of the community, but when they broaden their own minds and understanding of our region and of the world they in turn can help promote understanding in their families and friends.
When people attend our films, we hope not only to promote the understanding and acceptance of other cultures and customs, but to demonstrate the non-threatening nature of those cultures. We show films that explore and engage in cultures from around the nation and the world in order to help promote a deeper understanding of the cultures and customs that people in our own community practice.
In the next year, our main goal is to procure screening rights to films that are relevant to our diverse community and heighten awareness of social, cultural, and community issues.
We have a small board of ten members, but often consult with and invite advice from members of the community and community organizations. When screening a film that speaks to a specific demographic we often talk to members of that community and invite organizations related to that culture to our screenings. For example, when we screened our Martin Luther King film in 2010, we invited a couple of members of the MLK/UK committee to a private screening for their input and advice before our public screening.
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