When I Rise

When I Rise

  • BY Mat Hames | IN Arts & Culture
    Premiered February 8, 2011

About the Film

A gifted black music student at the University of Texas is thrust into a civil-rights storm that changes her life forever. Barbara Smith Conrad is cast in an opera to co-star with a white male classmate, fueling a racist backlash from members of the Texas legislature. When Barbara is expelled from the cast, the incident escalates to national news, prompting unexpected support from a pop superstar.

This small-town girl, whose voice and spirit stem from her roots in East Texas, emerges as an internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano and headlines on stages around the world. When I Rise is a testament to finding forgiveness within oneself.

 

Have you ever been the object of discrimination? Have you ever stood up for someone who was being discriminated against? How did you handle it?
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Have you ever been the object of discrimination? Have you ever stood up for someone who was being discriminated against? How did you handle it?