Jan 7: Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Film Festival presents “UNNATURAL CAUSES”
Dance Mission’s COMHAR Festival presents
Art, Healing, and Public Health: A film festival
Jan 7-10, 2021
COVID-19 has magnified almost every existing structural inequality in our society. And yet, when it comes to health, people are still speaking about wellness as a question of personal rather than social responsibility. Presented by Dance Mission’s COMHAR Festival, this four day film festival examines the intersection of health and socio-economic / racial inequities, and how art plays a critical role in the path towards wellness. Art does more than deliver a message. It is itself medicine.
Each day we will host a different free, online screening of a film that dives into these topics of art, healing, and public health. Films will be shown via Zoom and also on Dance Brigade’s Dance Mission’s Facebook page. Note: Zoom is recommended for best screening experience. Registration is required (see below). Tickets are free. Donations are gratefully accepted.
Jan 7 at 7pm PST: Unnatural Causes… Is inequality making us sick?A documentary by California Newsreel. Tickets.
Jan 8 at 7pm PST: reimagining the city as our own. A film by Skywatchers and Irene Gustafson. Tickets.
Jan 9 at 7pm PST: This Ain’t Your Mother’s Theater Company! A documentary by Bruce Schmiechen featuring the Medea Project. Tickets.
Jan 10 at 7pm PST: FREE: The Power of Performance.A documentary on Destiny Arts. Tickets.
This festival is made possible in part with support from Kenneth Rainin Foundation and Grants for the Arts.
Unnatural Causes… Is inequality making us sick?
“In Sickness and In Wealth” – 56 min
Thursday, Jan 7 at 7pm PST
Opening up our film festival is UNNATURAL CAUSES.
Produced by California Newsreel, UNNATURAL CAUSES is the acclaimed documentary series and broadcast by PBS and now used by thousands of organizations around the country to tackle the root causes of our alarming socio-economic and racial inequities in health.
The multi-episode series crisscrosses the nation uncovering startling new findings that suggest there is much more to our health than bad habits, health care, or unlucky genes. The social circumstances in which we are born, live, and work can actually get under our skin and disrupt our physiology as much as germs and viruses.
On January 7th, we will screen the opening 56-minute episode, “In Sickness and In Wealth,” which presents the series’ overarching themes. What are the connections between healthy bodies, healthy bank accounts and skin color? The opening episode travels to Louisville, Kentucky, not to explore whether medical care cures us, but to see why we get sick in the first place, and why patterns of health and illness reflect underlying patterns of class and racial inequities.
To learn more about the series and the other episodes, visit https://unnaturalcauses.org/.
REGISTER to watch this film via Zoom.
The film will also be shown on Dance Brigade’s Dance Mission’s Facebook Page. (Note: Zoom is the preferred method to view film.)
The film is free, although donations are gratefully accepted to support the work of the featured artists and Dance Mission.
This program is made possible by support from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation and Grants for the Arts.