DERRY — A screening of the 1962 film "To Kill a Mockingbird" is set for Oct. 19, at Pinkerton Academy's Stockbridge Theatre.
The film is presented by the New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education, NHICE, and starts at 10 a.m., followed by a post-movie discussion.
The event is made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities, part of a multi-year statewide program to foster conversations with the public on law, justice and civics.
New Hampshire Humanities awarded NHICE the Community Project Grant for film screenings in all 10 New Hampshire counties to start multigenerational conversations through film about law, justice, and civics.
A community discussion accompanying the film will be led by Heidi Parenti, Pinkerton Academy English teacher; Dina Michael Chaitowitz, NHICE trustee and former federal prosecutor; and a Pinkerton Academy high school student.
In discussing "To Kill a Mockingbird," panelists and audience members will likely discuss racism, intolerance, and segregation — the movie’s central themes — as well as how personal opinion affects legal decision-making, and whether and what procedures are in place in the criminal justice system to protect against personal opinion taking hold of a criminal case.
“Movies help us to experience and understand each other and the world around us. They educate and enlighten us. And, they can lead to a meaningful and much-needed civil discourse,” said Martha Madsen, NHICE’s executive director. “They can serve as a catalyst for meaningful and thought-provoking conversations.”