Film as a tool for public discourse: race and gender

Films provide a lens for us to connect more intimately with the world. Presenters will address how this powerful form of storytelling can give us opportunities to learn about other’s lived experience, facilitate overcoming prejudice, lead to genuine bonds of friendship, create meaningful conversations, and inspire us to be agents of change, walking a path of service towards a just society. They will also touch on aspects of academic discourse related to representation and homogenizing in film, critical race theory, and feminist film theory in terms of exploring race and gender in cinema.

  • Tara Jabbari

    A digital media consultant, Tara has a BA in Electronic Media from Bradley University and an MA in Communication, Culture & Technology from Georgetown University. She worked in documentaries, serving in New Zealand as an editor and producer for Baha'i on Air and similar like projects.

  • Christina Wright

    Christina Wright is a freelance screenwriter, Adjunct Faculty member in Film and Television at De Anza College, Online Instructor at University of San Diego’s Character Education Resource Center and Faculty member for the Wilmette Institute in the area of film and public discourse. Christina is also the Founding Director of Lights, Character, Action!, a K-12 educational program which uses film and theater as tools to teach character and leadership development. She works as a member of the Content Team for Growing Leaders and is currently serving on the Advisory Boards for Bauman Wellness and the Children's Theatre Company of New York. Christina holds a M.Phil in Film Theory & History, a B.A. in Theatre Arts/Drama, an A.A. in Speech Communications and Certificates in Character Education and Leadership Coaching.

  • Derik Smith

    Derik Smith is a professor in the Department of Literature at Claremont McKenna College; he is currently chair of the Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies at the Claremont Colleges. His work is anchored in the analysis of American culture and, particularly, African American literary culture. He is the author of many articles, and the book, Robert Hayden In Verse: New Histories of African American Poetry and the Black Arts Era.

  • Anne Gordon Perry

    Anne Perry (PhD Aesthetic Studies/Humanities) teaches writing and history of media at the Art Institute of Dallas. With her husband Tim Perry she has produced films including "Luminous Journey: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in America, 1912," serving as researcher, scriptwriter, producer, and production coordinator, among other roles. Her commitment to bringing aspects of Bahá’í history to life through writing, drama, and film spans decades. She currently teaches a film course through the Wilmette Institute.


45th Annual Conference

In the Footsteps of ʻAbdu’l-Bahá: Contributing to the Discourses of Our Time


The views expressed in this recording are those of the presenters and do not necessarily represent the views of the Association for Bahá’í Studies, nor the authoritative explications of Bahá’í writings.