The Quilted Conscience FIlm and Community Conversation

Date(s) - 08/21/2014
7:00 pm - 9:45 pm

Sie Film Center




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Contact: Nicole Melaku 720-581-4133, Welcoming Colorado

Press interviews available with  director John Sorenson via phone and in person 8/21.

Common Threads: Sudanese-American Girls Find Common Ground Through Art

New York based film director John Sorensen joins Denver Film Society’s Women + Film series and community partners for the Colorado debut of The Quilted Conscience next Thursday 8/21 at 7PM at the Sie Film Center.

Sorenson’s film takes place in the heartland of Nebraska and is an uplifting story of six Sudanese-American girls who participated in a quilt-making workshop with help from their local quilters guild in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Guided by nationally known African American quilting artist, Peggy Hartwell, the girls embark on a “Memories and Dreams” quilt to share memories of their homelands and express their aspirations for their futures here in the United States.  We see the transformation of the girls and their mentors as they share and learn from one another in new and surprising ways.

In a recent interview with Tammy Breslin, co-founder of Women+ Film, John notes that inspiration for The Quilted Conscience comes from ” the quote that is the ending of the film: ‘Justice for all children is the high ideal in a democracy.’ This credo comes from Grace Abbott, the great American champion of children’s, immigrants’ and women’s rights. Grace was born and raised in the same town that is now the home of the Sudanese students – and where I was born and raised, too.  TQC is a new expression of the unending ‘contrasts and connections’ that are at the heart of American culture.  When the audience leaves the theater, I hope they know that they have just met some beautiful new friends.”

Community partners from Welcoming Colorado, Denver’s Office of Community Support: Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships, and others will participate in the post-film Q&A. Nicole Melaku from Welcoming Colorado notes “Our hope is that the Denver audience comes away from the film inspired to work on our own community quilt-making project that will encourage our refugee and immigrant women and youth to share their compelling stories and in the process build connections with long standing residents in our own communities.”

The Quilted Consciences screens one night only, Thursday August 21, 2014 at 7PM at the Sie Film Center located at 2510 E. Colfax Avenue, Denver CO 80206

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Photo courtesy of John Sorenson



What: Denver Film Society Women + Film debut of The Quilted Conscience

When: Thursday August 21st 7PM

Where: SIE Film Center 2510 E. Colfax Ave Denver, CO 80206

Other: Tickets $15 for screening and post film reception with director John Sorenson.




Contact: Nicole Melaku, Director of Programs Welcoming Colorado and the Colorado Immigrant Righs Coalition