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BSU host screening of "Blindspotting" at Maya Cinema

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Domonique Echeverria and other moviegoers in their seats await the premiere of “Blindspotting.”

Domonique Echeverria and other moviegoers in their seats await the premiere of “Blindspotting.”

Anthony Martinez

Domonique Echeverria and other moviegoers in their seats await the premiere of “Blindspotting.”

Anthony Martinez

Anthony Martinez

Domonique Echeverria and other moviegoers in their seats await the premiere of “Blindspotting.”

Marc Lopez, @KaptainMarc

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“No matter what everyone has a blindspot,” said actor Rafael Casal from the critically acclaimed indie film “Blindspotting.” “You are always conditioned to see one thing before the other.”

LMC and Maya Cinemas held a special screening for the critically acclaimed film “Blindspotting” on March 14. The free event was open to all LMC students and was set to be a packed screening with a discussion after the viewing.

Faculty also joined in on the screening such as Sabrina Kwist, LMC’s Dean of Equity and Inclusion, and Sasha Brown, Coordinator of Social Justice at Mills College. Both facilitators assured students that the event was a safe space and they would be given an opportunity have their voices heard during the discussion.

“As a concept, “Blindspotting” requires you to slow down your thinking,” said Kwist. “Pay attention to your assumptions and see instances, communities, people in your life for more than your instinct.”

“Blindspotting” is the tale of Collin and Miles, two best friends on the last three days of Collin’s probation for a violent crime. Miles witnesses a police shooting during the movie and struggles with post traumatic stress disorder throughout the entire film alongside a variety of other topics.

The topics brought up throughout the film are important.

“Blindspotting” challenges viewers on their perception of racism, cultural appropriation, police brutality and gentrification. Most of the students and the faculty noticed this and when discussion began, everyone was on the same page on how well the movie portrays those issues.

“We really had a great dialogue,” said Brown. “To be in the theater and hear people’s reactions to the movie while it was happening, it made me more excited to talk about [“Blindspotting”] afterwards.”

In an interview with Vice news, both stars and writers of the film, Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal expressed that this film is meant to be a “love letter” to Oakland. Both Diggs and Casal grew up in the East Bay and made sure to gather an accurate image of what Oakland is.

“I currently live in Oakland,” said Brown. “The movie is like me watching my own neighborhood on the big screen. I can relate to the characters experiences very easily.”

“Blindspotting” is available on all streaming services and the special screening was a part of LMC’s Black history series of events. To find out more about events such as this for the spring semester, visit https://www.losmedanos.edu/blackhistory/index.aspx.

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