Seats at the Table-Books Behind Bars

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Sunday, November 4 at 2pm at Newcomb Hall Theater

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion including a UVa student and correctional center resident in the movie; filmmaker Chris Farina; Andrew Block, Director of Virginia’s Dept. of Juvenile Justice; and Andrew Kaufman.

Trailer, ticket information, and other details can be found here:
http://virginiafilmfestival.org/films/seats-at-the-table/

Books Behind Bars: Life, Literature, and Leadership is a class I started in 2009, in which university students meet with incarcerated youth at a maxim-security juvenile correctional center to explore questions of meaning, value, and social justice through life-changing conversations about Russian literature. In May the Today Show aired a feature on the class, and in July the Washington Post published a story about it.  

Seats at the Table, produced and directed by Charlottesville native Chris Farina, follows the journey of UVa students and correctional center residents through a semester of this class. Using the literature of Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and others as a prism through which to share the stories of their lives, students on both sides convey their most intimate human experiences. As both groups break down their preconceptions about one another, they establish meaningful relationships and are transformed by their discovery of their shared humanity in such an unexpected place. 

Seats at the Table had its world premiere in September at the Global Peace Film Festival in Orlando, and received a wonderful audience response. In October Seats will be shown in Palo Alto, California as part of the United Nations Association Film Festival.  And a few days after the Virginia Film Festival presentation, the film will have its first university screening at Florida International University in Miami.