The Las Cruces Museums and the Las Cruces Bahai Committee are excited to host a screening of Changing the World, One Wall at a Time, a documentary feature film about Education Is Not A Crime – the world’s largest street art and human rights campaign. The screening will be held at the Rio Grande Theatre at 211 N. Main Street in Las Cruces at 7pm on Wednesday, April 25, doors open at 6pm. Linda Elkins, member of the Las Cruces Baha’i community will introduce the film at 6:30pm.
The international group Education is Not A Crime raises awareness about education apartheid by Iran’s government against tens of thousands of Baha’is in the country. The film was produced by Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari.
“Changing the World, One Wall at a Time, is the story of an ambitious campaign,” Bahari said. “We fought brutality with arts and creativity. The fact that we brought together so many artists – who did not know anything about the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran, and who then created amazing works of art all around the world – shows there is a willingness among people of many different backgrounds to join such a struggle.”
Forty-one murals have been painted in US and international cities as part of the project: Atlanta, Cape Town, Delhi, London, Nashville, Sao Paulo, Sydney, and New York City. Street artists and human rights activists teamed up to use art, social media and community outreach to build a new audience for their message of education equality in Iran. For more information about the movie, please visit http://www.notacrime.me/thefilm.
The museum is located at 501 N. Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: http://las-cruces.org/museums or call 575.541.2154.