Pre-Conference with American Textures film director Arnd Wachter

Feature documentary American Textures 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 through 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 the heroes forge deeper understanding of themselves, each other and the world they live in.

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

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About the director

 Arnd Wächter 

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 professional 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. Arnd produced three feature documentaries, founded Crossing Borders Films and produced the cross-cultural landing page for National Geographic Education. His feature films were selected at over 20 intercultural conferences and 15 international film festivals, winning several awards. Arnd and his work appeared in the New York Times, NPR and Euronews, among others.

Arnd 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. Arnd presents regularly at conferences and campuses in the U.S. and Europe.