CitizenArts, a non-commercial film team, brought their most recent film, A More or Less Perfect Union, to Garrison Forest School Friday evening, April 7. To give voice to a broad representation of people across the United States, Jim Gabbe and Jeff Lewis interviewed and filmed 200 people of different races, religions, vocations, politics, and ages about what is important to them about the U.S. These voices included two Garrison Forest students, Ali Baratta '17 and Ryley Young '17, both of whom spoke eloquently about diversity in the United States and the importance of economic opportunity. After viewing the dynamic film students, parents and faculty from GFS as well as other schools contributed to the lively discussion moderated by Nick Burns with a panel of Ali, Ryley and Jim Gabbe.
CitizenArts' objectives are to inform and to engage people about important issues at home and abroad. A More or Less Perfect Union did both and generated a feeling that the young people in the audience had good ideas for sustaining democratic ideals and creating change in the United States.