Film shows what it’s like to be a Vt. teen of color


MIDDLEBURY — Director Bess O’Brien will discuss her documentary film “I Am From Here” at a Zoom Webinar on Tuesday, February 16, at 7 p.m. The webinar will be hosted by the Middlebury Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women).
O’Brien is an award-winning filmmaker and theatre producer. In 1991, she co-founded Kingdom County Productions with her husband Jay Craven. Joining O’Brien in the discussion will be Nicholas Leslie, Youth Program and Engagement AmeriCorps Member for Addison Central Teens and 2019 graduate of Middlebury College.
O’Brien was commissioned by the Vermont NEA to make the film “I Am From Here” about racism in Vermont schools. The film has been screened on VT PBS and is available to schools across Vermont as a teaching tool. O’Brien and Leslie will discuss the making of the film and the conversations they have had with teens of color in Vermont, educators and activists. They will also take questions from the audience.
It is recommended that webinar participants view the film in advance. Watch it on Vimeo here. The link to register for the webinar is

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