Boston Beyond Single Stories

Posted: September 29, 2011 by Donna Bivens in Uncategorized

We see the film Can We Talk? Learning from Boston’s Busing/Desegregation Crisis as a discussion-starter and nowhere near the last word. The voices in the film are the voices of those who convinced us that for some in Boston, this is an era we must return to and learn from . In terms of the diversity of individual and community stories that will need to be brought forth in a real and open truth-seeking process, these voices are just the tip of the iceberg.

Padriac Farma is a filmmaker from South Boston who has been working on a film that begins to capture the voices of his community about the busing/desegregation crisis and about South Boston in general. Padriac is still seeking people for his film that will be completed in segments over the next few years. He can be reached though his website at if you want to be considered for an interview. This film is a labor of love that he’s been working on for over 10 years. A real truth-seeking process cannot be done without all voices!

With UMN’s film, the work of Padriac, and so many other amazing resources we’re discovering or envisioning as we do this project, the Boston Busing Desegregation Project can help Boston move beyond “ the single story” to an understanding of the era that includes its full diversity and complexity.

  1. […] work we are doing here. This TED talk makes a great companion to an earlier talk we posted on the danger of a single story AND it features an organization doing great work here in Boston – City Life/ Vida Urbana.   […]

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