Read or Restrict Premiere Screening - SOLD OUT
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Read or Restrict Premiere Screening - SOLD OUT

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Date and Time

Sunday, March 10, 2024 4 p.m. (ET) calendar reminder


Location

Kan-Kan Cinema
1258 Windsor St.
Indianapolis, IN


Cost

Free, pre-registration is required


About the Event

Both screening are now sold out. Email events@wfyi.org to be added to the wait list. 

See the premiere of the new local documentary Read or Restrict, presented by WFYI News on Sunday, March 10 at 2:30 or 4 p.m. at Kan-Kan Cinema. States across the country have enacted laws to restrict the types of content available to children in education settings — including here in Indiana. Experts label it an unprecedented censorship movement. WFYI News investigative education reporter Lee Gaines has spent the last year following these efforts — in Indiana’s Statehouse and in the Hamilton County library system. Read or Restrict dives into what’s driving these challenges and state legislation, as well as the impact of book restrictions and censorship efforts on students, librarians, educators and communities.

Following the 2:30 p.m. screening, Lee Gaines will host a panel discussion featuring:

• Kenya Anderson, Senior Director of Client Services for the Indiana Youth Group
• Micah Beckwith, Pastor for Life Church Noblesville and Former Hamilton East Public Library Board member
• Deb Lambert, Chief Collection Management Officer for the Indianapolis Public Library
• Diane Rogers, President of the Indiana Library Federation

Confirmed panelists for the 4 p.m. screening are:

• Tiffanie Ditlevson, Former Hamilton East Public Library Board President
• Deb Lambert, Chief Collection Management Officer for the Indianapolis Public Library
• Chris Paulsen, CEO of Indiana Youth Group
• Diane Rogers, President of the Indiana Library Federation

 

More about the film:

Over the last several years, conservative activists and parents have put pressure on local schools and library boards to remove certain books from their collections, claiming that they’re housing pornographic material. Many of the targeted titles feature LGBTQ and other minority characters. A lot of these books are beloved by young adult readers who want to see themselves reflected in literature. But critics of these titles label them as obscene or inappropriate for kids. This movement, to restrict what young readers have access to, has turned normally sleepy government meetings into tense affairs, with community members fighting back against what experts describe as coordinated censorship efforts. This new documentary explores the debate and how it has played out in Indiana’s libraries, schools and statehouse and includes perspectives from librarians, authors, censorship experts, conservative politicians and policymakers, as well as students. Read or Restrict premieres on WFYI Thursday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.

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