Generation Engage has its work cut out for it. The nonpartisan youth-civic-engagement initiative is successful in other big American cities – in Washington DC and New York, Raleigh and Charlotte, the organization has found its feet and is actively working to get young people all shook up about politics, and raring to get involved. We wish them all the best as they come up against the apathetic party-and-bullshit façade that so many Miamians under 30 so proudly brandish.
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But hope is in the air -- South Florida Outreach Coordinator Ali Ingersoll is smart and energetic, and she’s trying to plan the kind of events that thinking locals would get behind. To kick things off, tonight the group is presenting a free screening of The Kite Runner, the controversial film version of Afghanistani American author Khaled Hosseini’s best selling novel. The film is already earning glowing reviews, but it’s also creating strife for the young Afghani actors who had to act through some of the film’s most difficult scenes. Following the film, speakers from the local Afghani-American population will host a thoughtful Q&A session.
See it tonight at 6:30 at the Colony Theater on Miami Beach, 1040 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach). GenGage is also looking for feedback from savvy locals who know the kinds of events they’d like to attend, so visit their website to make your suggestions. --Patrice Yursik