The Department of Mass Media’s third-annual See Me Series features the award-winning documentary, "Teacher of Patience." The See Me Series was created as one way for the department to emphasize identity and representation on campus, in the community, and as part of American culture.
"Teacher of Patience" is a 30-minute documentary about the Felter family. Over 20 years after Emily Felter is diagnosed with Down Syndrome, paramedic (and Emily’s father) Tom develops a presentation to share her story with other first responders. As the Felters work to raise disability awareness, they come face-to-face with the struggles and joys of their daily lives. This extraordinary film won the Audience Choice Award at the 2023 Fault Line Film Festival and has been screened at dozens of national and international film festivals.
The department will host a screening of the film at 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 17 in Rose Theatre (Grauel 225). Film director Carmen Vincent will be in attendance to discuss her documentary and the issues raised by the film. Her discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience. The film is also available for viewing on Kent Library’s Kanopy platform.
The Department of Mass Media, housed in the Holland College of Arts and Media, is asking the entire campus to consider making this documentary a part of their classes and encourage participation. As an accredited department, Mass Media prioritizes diversity and inclusion as one of its top priorities.