Domestic Violence Awareness Program Oct. 21 in Gators

Published: October 16, 2009

The College’s M.A.N. Up Project and Student Activities, in association with Reel Vision Film and Video Productions, will present a domestic violence awareness program on Wednesday, October 21 on the Hampton Campus in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The 12:00 p.m. program will take place in Gators Cafeteria, Griffin Hall, featuring a panel discussion and a film on the topic entitled “Cycle.”

Panelists for the event include TNCC Police Sergeant Kelvin Maxwell, TNCC Adjunct Professor Veronica McMillan and Jennifer Dziura, Community Relations and Volunteer Coordinator for Transitions Family Violence Center.

The short film by local film producer/director Milciades M. Cedano Jr. explores the troubling and prevalent phenomenon of domestic violence showing how it impacts children – particularly emphasizing the fact that  boys who grow up in hostile environments have a greater chance of becoming victims or perpetrators of domestic violence when they’re older.

The film gives insight into the fear that abusers inflict on their victims while also delving into the various excuses women give for remaining in abusive relationships.

Cedano, who owns Reel Vision Film and Video Productions, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Norfolk State University. This summer he created a 20-minute action short entitled “For The Rush,” which premiered at the 1st Annual SOL Film Festival in Norfolk, Virginia, and filmed a music video for R&B artist Jon Bibbs entitled “Giving My Love Away.”

His background also includes on-set experience in major motion pictures such as “100 Feet,” “American Gangster,” “I Am Legend,” “Brooklyn To Manhattan” and “Be Kind Rewind,” among others.

The M.A.N. Up Project at TNCC was established last year through a grant from the College’s Educational Foundation to enhance male students’ ability to be successful in achieving in their educational, career, financial and family goals. The project provides speakers series, workshops and other helpful resources.

For more information about the Oct. 21 program, please contact Chad Smith of Student Development at 825-2887.

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