Baton Rouge natives touch on controversial topics in new documentary

Baton Rouge natives touch on controversial topics in new documentary
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POSTED: Monday, April 15, 2013 - 4:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 11:17am

Two Baton Rouge filmmakers are getting ready to release a brand new documentary discussing tolerance in East Baton Rouge. It's called "The Inclusion Illusion: One Baton Rouge."

Director Cleve Bailey and producer Philip Smith explained their vision for the documentary at the Baton Rouge Press Club meeting Monday.

The film looks at acceptance in the city regarding different lifestyles.

They group got the idea from a failed Baton Rouge metro council resolution called the "One Baton Rouge Resolution", which called for accepting people no matter their race, religion, gender or sexual preference.

The filmmakers say they are three main topics discussed in the video. The first topic is the high rate of aids in the Baton Rouge community. Second, they say the city has a lack of tolerance to different life styles. Third, young people continue to leave the city causing "brain drain."

"So it seems as if any minority group that wants to be a part of the main stream has a real fight in order to be a part of that mainstream," Cleve Bailey, the film's director, explained. "It may happen but it's not something where people say ok come on it well be glad to have you even though you're different."

"I hope people will see this and be inspired to do something about some of the major issues that we have that are not necessarily being discussed at the forefront of conservation from some of our city leaders," Philip Smith, the film's producer, described.

The documentary premiers Saturday April 20, at the Louisiana International Film Festival. The movie starts at 10 a.m. at the old state capitol.

For more information on the film click here.

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Maybe its my age. Maybe my Christian faith. Maybe it's just me being me, a person who opposed discrimination after I saw restrooms labeled Men Women and Colored at the age of 7. It certainly was not my upbringing, not in Birmingham for sure. But I see no reason to discriminate against anyone based on who they are. But the churches, media and politicians will have to, just like in the 1960s, lead the way into acceptance of everyone.

What they need to say is not "Come in even though you are different" but "Welcome (period)".

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