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Parham Policy Day to feature screening of ‘The Throwaways’

Students from the School of Social Work will host a screening of The Throwaways, an award-winning documentary about the challenges faced by impoverished people of color living on the fringes of society.

The film will be shown Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. in the Griffith Auditorium of the Georgia Museum of Art. Following the screening, film co-directors Ira McKinley and Bhawin Suchak will discuss the film and answer questions. The film and discussion are part of Parham Policy Day, an annual event that highlights the impact of social policy on society.

Described by the filmmakers as “a gritty, firsthand look at a reality most would rather turn away from,” The Throwaways depicts the daily struggles and frustrations of slum residents trying to improve their living conditions. It is also the story of filmmaker McKinley, a homeless activist and ex-felon, and his efforts to affect positive change on inner-city communities in upstate New York.

“The film focuses on issues such as mass incarceration, stigmatization of former prisoners, marginalization of people of color and unequal access to resources,” said Sharda Fields, a social work graduate student involved in organizing the event.

The film has been honored at numerous regional film festivals.

Beginning at 8:45 a.m. in the museum’s Grand Hall and running until 12:30 p.m., this year’s Parham Policy Day also will include a “poverty” breakfast and lunch featuring cold cereal and sandwiches. Students also will present posters on domestic and international social issues including police misconduct, racial disparities in gifted education programs and human trafficking, among others. All events are open free to the public.