People identifying as Democrats and people identifying as Republicans sit face to face during a workshop put on by Braver Angels in this screenshot from “Braver Angels: Reuniting America.” (Screenshot courtesy Braver Angels)

People identifying as Democrats and people identifying as Republicans sit face to face during a workshop put on by Braver Angels in this screenshot from “Braver Angels: Reuniting America.” (Screenshot courtesy Braver Angels)

KPC lecture series to feature film and discussion about connecting across political divide

“Braver Angels: Reuniting America” is a nonpartisan documentary about a workshop held in the aftermath of the 2016 election of Donald Trump

The League of Women Voters of the Central Kenai Peninsula and the Kenai Peninsula College Arts and Sciences Lecture Series will host a film screening and discussion of “Braver Angels: Reuniting America,” starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Cathleen Rolph, president of the league, said Wednesday that the film — a nonpartisan documentary about a workshop held in the aftermath of the 2016 election of Donald Trump — is about listening respectfully and communicating across political divides without compromising personal values or changing points of view.

The film, which runs about 50 minutes in length and is available on YouTube, is something Rolph said she just stumbled upon — Braver Angels, a nationwide nonpartisan and nonprofit organization, has no presence in Alaska.

“I was moved,” she said. “It’s such an amazing documentary.”

The film depicts a roundtable discussion by people who identify with both political parties, sharing their views and asking questions of one another.

“What happened was that they changed their views of each other,” Braver Angels Co-Founder and President David Blankenhorn says toward the end of the film. “They formed a relationship with each other of respect, so they can find some ways to work together for the common good.”

Rolph said that the film has made a difference in her life — she said it showcases that “we are more than just our politics.”

After the screening, there will be time for discussion. Rolph said there’s value in the film for anyone with political views, who feels anger driven by politics, or who had experienced division with friends and family members over differing views.

The League of Women Voters, Rolph said, is similarly nonpartisan, and does not advocate for any political view — “we just want people to be educated and to vote.”

The screening will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the McLane Commons at KPC’s Kenai River Campus.

For more information about the local chapter of the League of Women Voters and the film screening, find “Central Kenai Peninsula League of Women Voters” on Facebook.

Reach reporter Jake Dye at jacob.dye@peninsulaclarion.com.

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