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Political documentary that explores political identities shown Oct. 18 at MSU

October 15, 2012

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The Montana State University chapter of Sustained Dialogue will screen a pre-release version of the political documentary, "Follow the Leader," at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in MSU's Procrastinator Theater. The event, held in recognition of De-stereotype Me Day, is free and open to the public.

A question and answer Skype session with Jonathan Goodman Levitt, who made the film, will follow the screening of the 74-minute film. Free popcorn will be provided.

"Follow the Leader" is a real-life coming-of-age story of three traditional American boys who all have dreams of becoming the U.S. president. At age 16, Ben, D.J. and Nick are all high school class presidents and conservatives who plan to continue leading their peers as president one day. Over three life-changing years, they split into Republican, Democratic and Independent camps as each reconsiders his ambitions.

De-Stereotype Me Day is an event to catalyze re-examination of the stereotypes perpetuated daily by providing an opportunity for discussion. According to Phenocia Bauerle, one of the organizers of MSU Sustained Dialogue, the theme of this year's MSU De-Stereotype Me Day is political identity, "given the context of election year, and considering the flurry of polarizing assumptions and stereotypes doled out by all sides during the election.

"The event, as well as weekly dialogues hosted by MSU Sustained Dialogue, aims to equip students with the communication tools necessary to explore and share experiences, and challenges students to replace stereotypes with more meaningful, humanistic facets of identity," Bauerle said.

Sustained Dialogue addresses social and community issues through organized discussion and resulting action campaigns. MSU is one of 16 campuses internationally to be members in the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network, and the only campus west of the Mississippi. SDCN seeks to both transform campus climates and develop everyday leaders who engage differences as strengths to improve campuses, workplaces, and communities.

For more information about the film, including the trailer, visit http://www.followtheleaderfilm.com.
For more information about the event, contact the Diversity Awareness Office at 994-5801.

This event is sponsored by MSU Sustained Dialogue, the Diversity Awareness Office, ASMSU and the MSU Leadership Institute.

Phenocia Bauerle (406) 994-5801, phenocia.bauerle@montana.edu