Making Democracy Work

Appreciating Diversity Film Series

The Appreciating Diversity Film Series is a collaborative program of the Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee, DiversityWorks, and the Piedmont Chapter of the League of Women Voters. We endeavor to show six documentary films a year, each followed by some form of community dialogue. The mission of the Appreciating Diversity Film Series is to bring powerful documentaries that examine issues of diversity to community audiences. We aim to provide a venue that stimulates community dialogue about institutionalized power imbalances, broadens awareness, challenges assumptions, and encourages attendees to work towards a more just world.


Alive Inside

What happens when elders with dementia listen to the music of their youth? THEY WAKE UP!

Two Free Screenings:

December 7th at Ellen Driscoll Playhouse 6:30pm Reception, 7:00pm Screening, 8:15pm Special Guest & Discussion

December 10th at The New Parkway Theater 474 - 24th Street, Oakland 3pm Screening, 4:15pm Special Guest & Discussion

ALIVE INSIDE is a joyous cinematic exploration of music's capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.

This stirring documentary follows numerous visionaries in healthcare including social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music's ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones. ALIVE won the Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

The Appreciating Diversity Film Series is sponsored by the Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee, Piedmont Adult Education, Piedmont League of Women Voters, and the City of Piedmont.

3-1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets