‘Mak­ing Of A Gangsta’ Film Screen­ing At MJC

The Oakdale Leader - - LIVING -

The Modesto Ju­nior Col­lege Civic En­gage­ment Project (CEP) in­vites the com­mu­nity to a free screen­ing of the film ‘Mak­ing of a Gangsta’ on Thurs­day, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in Fo­rum 110 on MJC’s East Cam­pus, 435 Col­lege Ave., Modesto. The event is part of the CEP Fall Film and Lec­ture Se­ries. Cam­pus park­ing is avail­able for $2 in stu­dent park­ing lots.

Through in­ter­views with clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gists, gang ex­perts, and for­mer gang mem­bers, ‘Mak­ing of a Gangsta’ presents view­ers with sto­ries of heart­break and mes­sages of heal­ing, not glam­or­ized me­dia im­ages. Emo­tional ac­counts of ad­verse child­hood ex­pe­ri­ences and in­di­vid­u­als shaped by pain, loss, re­jec­tion and dis­trust are dis­closed in the film, which aims to re­duce prej­u­dice, in­spire em­pa­thy, and raise hope by en­cour­ag­ing view­ers to see be­yond stereo­types.

MJC is ex­cited to wel­come the film’s di­rec­tor, Adam T. Ybarra, as the event’s guest speaker. Ybarra served as team chap­lain for the Oak­land Raiders and cur­rently heads The Tena­cious Group, which part­ners with youth or­ga­ni­za­tions to pro­mote pur­pose, hope, and vi­sion. Other guest speak­ers in­clude a cor­rec­tional su­per­vi­sor at Ju­ve­nile Hall in Modesto and a Stanis­laus County youth devel­op­ment fa­cil­i­ta­tor.

There will also be an op­por­tu­nity for ques­tions and an­swers.

For more in­for­ma­tion on MJC’s Civic En­gage­ment Project or the Fall Film and Lec­ture Se­ries, con­tact Ja­son Wohlstadter, pro­fes­sor of English, at wohlstadterj@mjc.edu.

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