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Mount Holyoke to show and discuss 'Crash' for Black History Month

SOUTH HADLEY As part of its jam-packed Black History Month event schedule, Mount Holyoke College will present two screenings of Paul Haggis's acclaimed and controversial film Crash. Following the screenings, the College's White Privilege Awareness Project will facilitate a discussion on the film.

The first screening will take place on Feb. 9 at 10 p.m. in the Blanchard Campus Center Great Room. The second screening will take place Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. in Hooker Auditorium. The discussion will follow the second screening, occurring at 6:30 p.m. in Williston Library's Stimson Room.

Crash begins with a seemingly simple car accident in Los Angeles. The accident, however, brings together a very diverse group of people, from various races, social classes, cultures and sectors. Their lives collide and become intertwined, and the issue of racism and racial profiling is explored as they work through the own fears and inherent prejudices. The film is told through a series of dramatic, moving vignettes and offers a brave and unique frankness in its dialogue and confrontations.

Crash features an extremely accomplished and talented ensemble cast, with notable performances from Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Sandra Bullock, Ryan Phillipe, Brendan Fraser, Jennifer Esposito, Thandie Newton and Terrence Howard.

Everyone is welcome to attend either screening. The movie is rated R.