Love at Second Sight: An Evening of Storytelling and Film

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Scholarly level: 
Faculty/Staff
Date created: 
2016-09-08
Keywords: 
David Roche
Marlena Blavin
Inclusion
Facial differences
Abstract: 

"Love at Second Sight" is a 25 minute film that transforms attitudes about appearance and encourages acceptance of self and others. It's about difference and belonging, judgment and inclusion. This event featured the premier screening of the film, followed by a short Q&A period and a reception. Facially different David Roche and his wife, Marlena Blavin, share their stories with a spellbound middle school audience. As they explore themes of self-acceptance and accepting others, the students’ reactions move from discomfort and stunned silence to laughter, delight, and engagement. From their faces and feedback, it is clear that their perceptions have quickly shifted as they are encouraged to take that vital second look. The program also included house music from the Vancouver Adapted Music Society (VAMS) band, poetic invocation by Jeffrey Renn, songs by Ann Mortifee, “Moments of Grace” storytellers, and the premier of the original Love at Second Sight theme song.

Description: 

A public talk given at SFU Vancouver as part of the SFU Vancity Office of Community Engagement's lectures and events.

Language: 
English
Document type: 
Video
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