Filmmaker Byron Hurt to Headline MOST Club Film Festival

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Filmmaker Byron Hurt to Headline the Men of Strength Club’s 10th Annual Solutions Through Film Black History Month Film Festival at the AFI Silver Theatre Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland

Leading violence prevention organization, Men Can Stop Rape, Sponsors Day of Films and Workshops to Honor the African-American Experience

[Washington, DC January 29, 2013] – Men of Strength (MOST) Club, a program of the leading national violence prevention and youth development organization Men Can Stop Rape, is proud to announce the 10th Annual Solutions Through Film Black History Month Film Festival to take place on Saturday February 2, 2013 at the AFI Silver Theatre Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. The festival will take place 2:00 PM until 6:00 PM.

Solutions Through Film was originally conceived in 2002 as a MOST Club community service project to honor the traditions of the African-American experience through activism, leadership, and philanthropy. The film festival is a place where audiences have discussions, ask serious questions, and challenge themselves through youth-led workshops on the featured films. The festival is planned and led by area middle school and high school students as part of their MOST Club experience. Part of the day’s proceeds will go to Apne Aap Women Worldwide, an organization working to ensure girls in India go to schools, not brothels.

Solutions Through Film will feature two of the leading documenters of the African-American experience today. Headlining the festival will be writer, activist, lecturer, and filmmaker Byron Hurt (Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhyme, I AM A MAN: Black Masculinity in America) presenting his latest film, Soul Food Junkies, an exploration of the health advantages and disadvantages of soul food, a quintessential American cuisine. Hurt uses soul food as the lens to investigate the dark side of the food industry and the growing food justice movement that has been born in its wake.

The festival will also feature award winning documentarian Janks Morton (What Black Men Think) and his latest film, Hoodwinked. Hoodwinked is an analysis of the most recent data being released by the US Census, Department of Justice, and other agencies to highlight strides and achievements in the African American community. It examines the symbiotic relationship between media, government, and special interest as they exploit imagery, statistics, and data that too often presents a skewed perspective of the modern era African American experience.

Immediately following each film, the filmmakers will participate in workshops with the audience led by MOST Club members from Washington, DC, and Baltimore public middle and high schools. These workshops will be outcome-focused with a goal of creating community and school events around healthy bodies and healthy minds.

For more information about the films and purchasing tickets, visit www.mencanstoprape.org.

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About the Men of Strength Club

Men Can Stop Rape's youth development program, the Men of Strength Club or MOST Club, is the country’s premiere primary violence prevention program for mobilizing middle school and high school boys and men to prevent sexual and dating violence. MOST Club provides young men with a structured and supportive space to build individualized definitions of masculinity that promote healthy relationships. MOST Club also supports civic engagement through its focus on community service projects, known as Community Strength Projects, which are planned, executed, and evaluated by MOST Club members, the most notable being the annual Solutions Through Film Black History Month Film Festival.