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Documentary’s impact felt a year later

A year ago in February 2023, I was packing my bags to head up to the Fox Valley Region to share my film, “The Exchange In White America: Kaukauna & King 50 Years Later,” with audiences in Kaukauna, Appleton, Oshkosh, Green Bay, Lawrence University and Fox Valley Technical College.

I never expected to show the film to more than 1,000 people and make connections that have lead to another screening in Northern Wisconsin in 2024.

See “Documentary’s roots go back to Kaukauna student exchange program”

On Feb. 15, I will show the film at the Waupaca Historical Society. Everyone is welcome. On top of that, PBS Wisconsin convinced the national PBS programmers to show the film on television!

Here is the link to watch it anywhere there is a PBS station. In Milwaukee, it will premier at 10 p.m. on Feb. 14 on Channel 10 WMVT.  It will also be shown on the WORLD Channel on PBS at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Feb. 7. It will be shown on PBS Wisconsin on Feb. 19.

All of this has been amazing. I am grateful to TDS Telecommunications, the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, Bank of Kaukauna, Kaukauna School District, Kaukauna Public Library, African Heritage Inc., the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, UW-Oshkosh, Lawrence University, the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center and the History Museum at the Castle for their faith and support in this film that shares empathy, optimism and hope.

Check out this video compilation of images from last year’s event:

Here is a link to the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region podcast on the project.

Joanne Williams is a filmmaker.

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