Movies that Matter: Film Screening for Schools

Change the Name Q&A with Cai Thomas, director and Bianca Jones, educator and film subject


Thursday, May 18, 2023
11 am – 12 pm EDT
Zoom, Virtual Program

Change the Name (2021)
Film run time: 16 minutes
Advance viewing is recommended; film will not be shown during Q&A. 

Middle and high school students are invited to view award-winning documentaries that examine current social issues such as representation and identity, immigration, and civil rights followed by Q&A sessions with filmmakers.

Change the Name is an intimate portrayal of Black youth organizing on the west side of Chicago. The film follows a campaign by student activists and educators from Village Leadership Academy in Chicago to change the name of a local park to honor abolitionists Anna Murray and Frederick Douglass, instead of the enslaver for whom it was originally named. Over three years the group takes on governmental bureaucracy, patronizing adults, and obstacles created by the global pandemic.

Live virtual Q&A May 18, 11 am EDT with Cai Thomas, director and Bianca Jones, educator and film subject. 

Film will be available upon registration.

To register, complete the registration form or email [email protected]

This program is presented with live CART interpretation. The Jewish Museum is committed to making its programs accessible to all. For inquiries and requests for additional accommodations please email [email protected] or call 212.423.3200 ext. 0.

Film still: Change the Name.