What if...' films focus on transformative power of the arts

The Gifford Foundation's spring "What if..." Film Series focuses on arts, youth and the power of change.

"Tocar y Luchar (To Play and to Fight)", will show from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday April 13, and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday April 25. The film studies the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra System, a network of hundreds of orchestras formed within most of Venezuela's towns and villages. (English subtitles.)

"Stages," the second film in the series, screens from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday May 10 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday May 23. The moving and surprisingly funny v rit focuses on the group of older Puerto Rican women and inner-city youth who come together to create an original play out of the stories of their lives in one of New York City's oldest community centers.

Both films are free and will be shown at Red House Arts Center and followed by a moderated discussion exploring how the films resonate with the Syracuse community.

For more information visit giffordfoundation.org or call 474-2489.

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