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Screening  |  Beyond Boundaries: Foster

Thursday, October 21, 2021, 7–9:30 pm

Foster,   Director, Mark Jonathan Harris; Producer, Deborah Oppenheimer, 2018

Thursday, October 21 at 7:00 pm.

Featuring an in-person appearance by Academy-Award Winning Producer and Buffalo State College alumna Deborah Oppenheimer   

Filmmakers Mark Jonathan Harris and Deborah Oppenheimer  provide a revealing first-hand look at the foster care system as seen through the eyes of those who know it best. With extraordinary access to the inner workings of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Oppenheimer and Harris go beyond the sensational headlines and stereotypes to take an unprecedented look at an often misunderstood world and upend some of the most enduring myths about foster care and those involved in the system. The film shows that it only takes one adult to have a positive impact on a child in foster care.


Beyond Boundaries Screening & Discussion Series is a distinctive program at Buffalo State that has been running since 2014.  This annual, six-part film series is organized around categories of diversity including, but not limited to race, gender, class, sexuality, and abilities, with an emphasis on intersectionality.  It creates an opportunity for open dialogue on social justice issues among college students, staff, faculty and members of the greater Western New York community. 

Beyond Boundaries is sponsored by the Office of Equity and Campus Diversity, the Communication Department, and the Burchfield Penney Art Center.  All screenings are held in Burchfield Penney Art Center and are free and open to the public.

The series is curated by Professors Ruth Goldman and Meg Knowles and Chief Diversity Officer Crystal Rodriguez-Dabney.