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Screening of documentary short “The Test”

June 30 @ 9:45 am in Stone Hall

Attend in person in Stone Hall, or view on our Watch page.

Claudia Myers, Filmmaker and Associate Professor of Film and Media Arts, School of Communication, American University, Washington, DC will present The Test, which includes the themes of immigration, older adult living, and building community.

The Test tells the story of Eric Frimpong, a Ghanaian maintenance technician at a Virginia retirement community, Goodwin Living. He dreams of becoming an American citizen to provide a better life for his family, who he hopes to bring to the US. With their future, as well as his own, at stake, he enlists the help of two elderly Goodwin Living residents, Jill and Carl, to prepare for the highest-stakes challenge of his life: the US Citizenship test.

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A microcosm of the Great American Experiment, the employees at Goodwin House Alexandria represent a host of nations who have left family and community in their countries to pursue a life of freedom in the U.S. In contrast, the retirees who serve as tutors are everyday heroes. The destinies of Eric, Jill and Carl unfold along a shared journey as the retirees discover new purpose while empowering a future citizen to start a new life in America.

Claudia Myers (B.A., Yale University; MFA, School of the Arts, Columbia University), in addition to her position on the faculty of American University, is a highly recognized writer, director and producer of film. She was named one of “10 Filmmakers to Watch” by Independent Magazine in 2015. She has written and directed four features, won multiple awards, was twice a finalist for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, and is an alumna of the Hamptons Screenwriters Lab. She was co-director of the film we will watch and discuss.

Date
June 30 @ 9:45 am in Stone Hall
Location
4101 Nebraska Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016 United States

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