College Screening new version of film, ” I’m not Black, I’m Coloured” with visit by director and actress

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon is screening a new version of the film, ” I’m not Black, I’m Coloured,” directed by Kiersten Chace. Joining Chase will be actress and the film’s star, Lesley Ann Brandt.
When: Tuesday April 26, 2011
Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Location: Coon Rapids Campus
When: Wednesday April 27, 2011
Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Location: Cambridge Campus
About “I’m Not Black, I’m Colored”
In the wake of one of the greatest failed social experiments in the history of mankind, ‘I’m not Black, I’m Coloured’ is one of the first documentary films to look at the legacy of Apartheid from the viewpoint of the Cape Coloured. A people who in 1994, embraced the concept of Desmond Tutu’s all encompassing ‘rainbow nation’, but soon thereafter realized that freedom, privilege, economic growth and equal representation would not include them. A people who for more than 350 years has been disregarded, ignored, belittled, and stripped of anything they can call their own enduring a complex psychological oppression and identity crisis unparalleled in South African history.     

‘I’m Not Black, I’m Coloured’ explores the rich history of the majority population of Cape Town, the Cape Coloured, and their complex existence in a country still struggling with racial identity. Local elders, community leaders, members of Parliament, pastors, educators, and college students give first hand accounts of their past experiences under Apartheid and discuss their concerns for the future as tensions continue to build. Witness the discovery of their ancestral roots through a ground breaking genetic DNA project in South Africa.

Special Guest : Lesley Ann Brandt
Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Lesley-Ann Brandt is fast becoming one of the hottest South African exports via New Zealand. Brandt immigrated with her parents and younger brother to Auckland New Zealand in 1999. She started her career as a model and soon drew the attention of local casting directors who encouraged her to get into acting classes. In 2008, Brandt landed her first lead role in the hit television series ‘Diplomatic Immunity’, starring opposite Craig Parker (of Spartacus, Lord of the Rings and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans), quickly moving her into the hearts of the nation.

Brandt is now commanding the world take notice with her role as “Naevia” in the breakout Starz hit, Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010). Working with producers Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and actors John Hannah ( The Mummy), Peter Mensah (300 and Avatar), Lucy Lawless (Xena), Brandt captivated audiences with her performance, and has become one of the shows break out stars.