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CCflyerSeattleSeattle, WA — Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, a new racial equity documentary, visits Seattle as part of its multi-city tour with a film & community dialogue event on Wednesday, March 13th in the Campion Ballroom at Seattle University.

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Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. The film includes moving personal accounts that illuminate the system that perpetuates structural inequity. The film features 23 leaders in the equity movement including many from Seattle including Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo, Joy DeGruy, Ericka Huggins, Connie Heller, Humaira Jackson, Yuko Kodama, Ise Lyfe, Suzanne LePeintre, Tilman Smith and Tim Wise.  A critical mass of stories is supported by original music by recording artist Amikeayla Gaston and spoken word by Oakland Poetry Slam finalist Y. Jelal Huyler.

“Cracking the Codes is designed to deepen and shift the framing of racial disparities in this country,” said Shakti Butler, PhD, director of the film and founder of World Trust Educational Services in Oakland. “The current conversation is not only shallow, but actually harmful.  When we talk about solving the issues of violence and poverty, we often focus on individuals, when institutional and structural inequities are the bigger problem.”  Cracking the Codes is Shakti Butler’s fourth documentary film with cinematography by her husband, EMMY award-winner Rick Butler.  Her films reach both head and heart with a critical mass of stories intertwined with music, art and poetry.

At the event, film clips will be braided with dialogue facilitated by Shakti Butler. The event is ideal for anyone yearning for change yet wary of conversation about race. “In these divisive times, one of our goals is to deepen the conversation,” says Dr. Butler, “Film lends support by allowing folks to see the multiple ways we walk through the world. Dialogue rekindles our connection to one another and enables us to hold paradox: Your experience is different than mine. The world is not only the way I see it.  To heal the wounds of racism and dismantle systemic inequity, we must be able to hold that paradox. And we can, for in our heart of hearts we all want to create a world that works for everyone.”

The film/dialogue event is open to the public and is sponsored by Seattle University and promises to be an event that will engage the community at large. Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo, Social Justice Advocate and Radio Producer, explains her commitment to bringing this film to the Seattle University community, “The power of Cracking the Codes is its ability to circumvent the often distorted and constricted stories of the mind and bring us profound, rich and truthful narratives of the heart, which, by virtue of its transformative power, unites us and escorts our journey of understanding together.”

Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity Film and Community Dialogue Event

WEDNESDAY March 13th 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Campion Ballroom, Seattle University Campus 901 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA
Tickets are $18.00, Students w/ID $5.00
Advanced Purchase Recommended

Shakti Butler will also be facilitating a follow-up Cracking the Codes workshop on March 14th entitled Connecting the Head and the Heart: Building the Case for Equity.  This day-long forum will focus on deepening the experience of the film-dialogue event and examining how systems of inequity effect health and education.  “Seattle University is excited to serve as the host for this presentation of Cracking the Codes because of our commitment to social justice says Pamela Taylor, Director of the Center for the Study of Justice in Society at Seattle University, “Shakti Butler inspires her viewers towards democratic action by promoting understanding and thought-provoking dialogue.“

Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity premiered to a standing room only crowd in Chicago on September 27th with other successful tour stops in Boston and Oakland. In 2013 Cracking the Codes will be featured in Washington, DC, New York City and Los Angeles. For film clips and more information visit

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