To foster greater understanding among cultures, Lodi's Breakthrough Project will present a free movie, "My Name is Khan," at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lodi Public Library community room, 201 W. Locust St.
The 2010 film, open to people of all faiths and cultures, is being shown to foster communication in light of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks coming up next month, said Helen Mansfield, a Breakthrough Project member.
During an intermission in the movie, people attending will break up into small groups to discuss relations between Muslims and non-Muslims in America, said Linda Hammond, also a Breakthrough Project member.
"With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaching, there is fear on both sides about the possibility of violence," Mansfield said. "The Breakthrough Project wanted to be proactive in starting some dialogue in our community in a way that will get people to think."
Mansfield, pastor of Galt United Methodist Church, said she got the idea for showing "My Name is Khan" to the community through an article she read in Sojourners, a Christian magazine, that addressed using mainstream films that tell people's stories in a way that opens others to their experience.
Hammond said the film and subsequent discussion will give participants an opportunity to discuss issues involving during cultures and how they affect the community.
"Our faiths are concerned about the same things — jobs, education, taking care of their families, health," Hammond said.
The event is co-sponsored by Lodi Business and Professional Women, Friends of the Lodi Public Library, Soroptimist International of Lodi, Lodi Public Library Foundation and American Association of University Women.
For more information, call Hammond at 369-7122.
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