Saturday: Edmonds Diversity Commission to present free screening of ‘The Florida Project’

The Edmonds Diversity Commission will continue its free screening of films on themes related to diversity, inclusion and equity with The Florida Project, showing at noon Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Edmonds Theatre, 415 Main St.

The film tells the story of Halley, who lives with her 6-year-old daughter Moonee in a budget motel along one of the commercial strips catering to the Walt Disney World tourist clientele outside Orlando, Fla. Halley, who survives largely on welfare, has little respect for people, especially those who cross her, it an attitude that she has passed down to Moonee, who curses and gives the finger like her mother. Although the motel’s policy is not to allow long-term rentals, Bobby, the motel manager, has made arrangements for people like Halley to live there while not undermining the policy as he realizes that many such tenants have no place to go otherwise.

The series is sponsored by Rick Steves’ Europe, MyEdmondsNews, Edmonds Center for the Arts, Edmonds Theatre and the Edmonds Diversity Commission.

Learn more about the film series and see a list of other upcoming films here.

3 Replies to “Saturday: Edmonds Diversity Commission to present free screening of ‘The Florida Project’”

  1. I saw the movie and was disappointed with the talk afterwards. One woman decided it was an appropriate time to rant about how Democrats are Republicans in disguise, and everyone should be equal on all counts. She criticized people who have worked hard to be able to afford 2 homes, etc. She went on and on, using the time needed for others to give an opinion on the movie. It was not the time or the place for her political rant.
    Regarding the movie, it seems to me that the main character only wanted money. There was no desire on her part to improve herself. Giving more money to a person such as this character, will do no good. What I believe she needs, is education in how to manage her money, her anger, her appearance, and lessons in child rearing. You cannot help anyone, unless they want to help themselves. She has to want to change.


  2. Limiting the time allocated to each speaker might help.

    But people like that generally do more to harm their cause than convincing anyone of their views.


  3. It’s not the only political point that could be made… Some like to say it it takes a village to raise a child, unless you’re a single mom then “you go girl”. So much child poverty is connected to single-motherhood. Find a man [partner of same sex whatever] develop a family unit if you have kiddos. As Dawn says, in the long view, you get out of life what you put into it. The movie is great though (seen half of it).


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