Free monthly film series in Edmonds focuses on social issues

The Saturday movies highlight international adoption, immigration and special-needs children.

EDMONDS — A new film series kicks off here this month focusing on social issues, including international adoption, immigration and special-needs children.

There’s no charge to attend the monthly events, scheduled at noon on the third Saturday of the month.

The screenings at the Edmonds Theater, 415 Main St., will continue through April.

The first film, “Somewhere Between,” will be shown Oct. 21. It tells the story of four Chinese girls adopted by American families and their struggles to fit in as American teenagers.

“The goal is that citizens will take away new thought-provoking perspectives from viewing these films,” said Ed Dorame, co-chair of the city’s Diversity Commission.

Moviegoers have the option of staying for a short discussion after each movie.

Edmonds joins Tacoma, Berkeley, and Columbia University in sponsoring diversity film festivals.

It’s the first time such an event has been scheduled in Edmonds. “We’re very excited about the film series,” Dorame said.

“Swim Team,” the story of a team whose members are on the autism spectrum, is scheduled Nov. 18.

The next film, “A Stray,” is scheduled Jan. 20, the story of a young Muslim refugee in Minneapolis.

“Off and Running,” is scheduled Feb. 17, the story of an adopted African-American teen’s search for identity.

A controversial court case involving an illegal immigrant and the death of a young child is the theme of “Mi Vida Dentro,” translated as “My Life Inside,” scheduled for March 17.

The series concludes with “Out in America,” a film about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, scheduled for April 21.

The events are supported by Rick Steves Europe, the Edmonds Center for the Arts and the Edmonds Theater.

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