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TOLERANCE WEEK IN SIOUX CITY: FACING FEAR

As a part of Tolerance Week, the film “Facing Fear,” will be shown on Monday, March 30 at 6:30 P.M. in the Cargill Auditorium. 

In this Academy Award®-nominated short documentary, worlds collide when a former neo-Nazi skinhead and the gay victim of his hate crime attack meet by chance 25 years after the incident that dramatically shaped both of their lives. Together, they embark on a journey of forgiveness that challenges both to grapple with their beliefs and fears, eventually leading to an improbable collaboration…and friendship. 

When he was 13, Matthew Boger’s mother threw him out of his home because he was gay. While living on the streets of Hollywood, he was savagely beaten by a group of neo-Nazi skinheads. Boger managed to survive the attack and escape life on the streets. Twenty-five years later, Boger was working at the Museum of Tolerance and found himself in conversation with a former neo-Nazi, Tim Zaal. The two men soon realized that they had met before... Zaal was one of the attackers who beat Boger and left him for dead. With their worlds turned upside down, the two embarked on a journey of forgiveness and reconciliation that challenged both to grapple with their own beliefs and fears. Neither could imagine that it would lead to an improbable collaboration…and friendship. 

Academy Award®-nominated “Facing Fear” retraces the haunting accounts of the attack and the startling revelation that brought these men together again. While delving deep into their backgrounds, the roots of the ideologies that shape how they handle the reconciliation process are exposed. Self-doubt, anger and fear are just a few of the emotions they struggle through as they come to terms with their unimaginable situation. 

The Institute for Lifelong Learning is proud and honored to have served as a host site for Tolerance Week activities since 2007. Tolerance Week is funded in part by grants from Humanities, Iowa and the Gilcrest Foundation. 

MONDAY, MARCH 30; 6:30 P.M. 
Location: Cargill Auditorium 
Fee: No charge / Max: 200
Lifelong Learning membership not required 

The Institute for Lifelong Learning is proud and honored to have served as a host site for Tolerance Week activities since 2007. Tolerance Week is funded in part by grants from Humanities, Iowa and the Gilcrest Foundation.

Jerry and Kathy Weiner have been sponsoring the events of Tolerance Week in Sioux City since 2005. It began when they saw a film in Florida called “Paper Clips” which had limited release in theaters. G.R. Lindblade & Co. arranged to bring the film to the Sioux City Orpheum Theatre.

Mr. Weiner invited Mr. Phil Gans, an Auschwitz survivor whom he met at the Florida Holocaust Museum, to come to Sioux City to speak after the film. The film showing was free and open to the public and about 1,000 attended. The next day, 1,800 eighth-grade students attended a showing of the film and heard Mr. Gans speak.

It became clear that Mr. Gans wanted to speak to as many students as possible and plans were made for him to return for a week so that he could give his full presentation to many area students. Since 2007, Tolerance Week has involved a film showing with special guests each year that is free and open to the public. Since 2005, Mr. Gans has spoken to more than 23,000 students. Tolerance Week has featured award-winning films including “The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler,” “The Reckoning: The Dutch Resistance,” “One Out of Ten,” “Inside Hanna’s Suitcase,” “Nicky’s Family,” and “Angel of Ahlem.” In 2014, the main Tolerance Week event was a live musical performance, “Rise - A Spiritual Resistance,” presented by Sioux City Symphony Music Director Ryan Haskins featuring vocal and cello solos, a string quartet performing

“Different Trains” by Steve Reich with video and still photos adding depth to the performance. An encore of Rise was presented in 2015 and a live performance of “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,” an original play, performed by the Sioux City Community Theatre Youth troupe in 2016. 

The Sioux City Community Theatre Youth Troup and Choir performed Terazin Camp Survivor Inge Auerbacher’s poems and songs for a live audience in 2017 and 2018. The guest of honor in 2019 was Linda Hooper, retired principal of Whitwell Middle School and founder of the Paper Clips Museum. A shortened version of Paper Clips was shown. This year, the film “Who Will Write Our History” will be the main event, followed by remarks from Roberta Grossman, the writer, producer and director of the film. 

 

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