American Textures: Film screening and discussion with the director

2:00 - 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 19, 2017
PSU Theater


American Textures, a feature documentary, follows six young Americans of black, white and Latino origin on a road trip through diverse communities in the southern United States to confront race though dialogue. The journey pushes them to risk sharing their own stories, struggles and hopes. The honest confrontations, powerful dialogues and growing empathy between them create vibrant doorways through which heroes forge deeper understanding of themselves, each other and the world they live in.



Presenter

Founder & CEO Arnd Wachter

Arnd Wachter

Founder & CEO
Crossing Borders Education

Arnd Wächter is an award-winning filmmaker, intercultural educator and social entrepreneur. He founded the non-profit organizations Crossing Borders Education and Morocco Exchange as a creative response to 9/11.

His passion for intentional cross-cultural interactions lead him to produce feature documentary films, following his conviction that film, through well-crafted storytelling, has the power to put a human face on abstract, complex social issues and make them accessible to large groups of people, build empathy and inspire individuals to engage, dialogue and act.

Wächter produced three feature documentaries, founded Crossing Borders Films and produced the cross-cultural landing page for National Geographic Education. His feature films have been recognized at intercultural conferences and international film festivals, winning several awards. His work appeared in the New York Times, NPR and Euronews, among others.

Wächter was born in East Germany and grew up next to the Berlin Wall. His awareness of national responsibilities to confront historic violence, racism and experiences of outer and inner walls between people and cultures lead him to live for two decades abroad and travel across the world, looking for ways to deepen his own understanding of the world, its diversity and the nature of separation and conflict facilitation. Wächter presents regularly at conferences and campuses in the U.S. and Europe.