You’re invited to the screening of “A Very Special Christmas: Global Impact”

Friday, March 2, 2018 | 6 p.m.

Otto G. Richter Library, 3rd Floor Conference Room
University of Miami | 1300 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146

This event is free and open to the public.

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Join us for a film screening and talk with four UM graduate students in the School of Communication who travelled the world during the fall 2017 semester as part of a class project to document the stories of athletes and communities who have benefited from “A Very Special Christmas“—a holiday album series that benefits Special Olympics’ athletes with intellectual disabilities. The exhibition features screen captures from their video interviews.

A question-and-answer session will follow the screening. Light refreshments will be served after the session at a reception in the Digital Media Lab on the first floor of Richter Library.

Images from A Very Special Christmas: Global Impact are on view in the Lab through the end of the spring 2018 semester.

“Mphatso’s Medals”
Athlete Mphatso Chipwanya displays her gold medals after an interview. Mphatso is the only Special Olympics tennis player in the landlocked African nation of Malawi. Thanks to the A Very Special Christmas Record Grants, Mphatso proudly plays tennis with her peers, both with and without intellectual disabilities.

All images on exhibit were shot on assignment using a Canon 5D Mark iii for the film A Very Special Christmas: Global Impact.

From left to right: Marwan Alenezi, Julia Hienz, Emmy Petit-Frere, and David Aaro, University of Miami graduate students in the School of Communication and co-producers of A Very Special Christmas: Global Impact. The students created this film while enrolled in Journalism and Media Management 692 course, Special Topics In Journalism and Media Management. Photo by Morgan McKie

Special Olympics and A Very Special Christmas

Nearly 50 years ago, the Special Olympics was founded with a bold idea–use sports to help transform the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. People with intellectual disabilities make up three percent of the global population, yet all over the world they are denied a fair chance at life due to stigma, intolerance, and injustice.

Special Olympics now reaches 172 countries and five million athletes. This global reach is made possible by a venture that began in 1987 when an album series called A Very Special Christmas raised more than $126 million dollars for the Special Olympics, making it the most successful benefit recording of all time.

About the Digital Media Lab

The Digital Media Lab is the Create area of the Learning Commons which supports learning at the University of Miami. We provide expert support and consultation in the use of digital audio, video, and graphic design technology, as well as web development and image creation techniques. Every semester we showcase student work in our gallery space.

Questions? Please send an email to richterevents@miami.edu or call 305-284-4026.

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