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Cranberry film series to highlight diversity

| Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, 8:30 p.m.

The Cranberry Area Diversity Network will debut a film series it calls Matinee, Mumble and Munch at noon Jan. 30 in the Franklin Station meeting room at Cranberry Public Library.

The series will feature a showing of the film “English Vinglish,” about an Indian woman who moves to New York and finds her inability to speak English is a major source of insecurity.

After the 134-minute film, guests will share an assortment of Indian hors d'oeuvres and participate in a discussion led by Yasmin Purohit, a Sewickley resident and chief diversity and inclusion officer at Robert Morris University in Moon.

“I think this is a movie people will really enjoy,” Purohit said. “It offers a realistic portrayal of an Indian family, but also shows the difficulties they face when integrating into a new environment.”

Purohit said she hopes the discussion following the movie will touch on issues such as inclusion and acceptance, but said that will depend on the audience.

“I don't want to go into it with preconceived notions of what people should take away from the film,” Purohit said.” I am hoping for an open and enlightening discussion.”

Gary Winterhalter of the Cranberry Area Diversity Network said the area is becoming more diverse, and the film series is a way to spread the network's message of tolerance and inclusion. Other films tentatively are scheduled for March 5 and April 23.

“This is another way to reach out to the community and hopefully get people talking about these issues,” Winterhalter said, referring to the film series. “We have found that food and entertainment are great ways to get people's attention, and with this series we can offer both.”

He said he is grateful for Purohit's effort to bring the film to a Cranberry audience.

“For someone who does not even live in the community to go out of her way to do this is extraordinary,” Winterhalter said

Purohit said she has a passion for international films, and hopes to be involved in the rest of the film series.

“Cranberry is a very interesting and diverse community,” Perohot said. “I would love to maybe help them choose future movies to show, or be involved in any way I can.”

The event is co-sponsored by the diversity network, Cranberry Public Library, Cranberry Township and the Sister Cities Association. For more information about the Diversity Network, email

Vince Townley is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. He can be reached at 724-772-6364 or

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