How Hollywood is spotlighting social change

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    Josh Singer accepts the award for best original screenplay for “Spotlight” at the Oscars last month. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

    Josh Singer accepts the award for best original screenplay for “Spotlight” at the Oscars last month. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

    “Spotlight” tells the story of the Boston Globe team that exposed the Roman Catholic Church’s coverup of sexual abuse of children by priests.  The film won this year’s Academy Award for best picture and best original screenplay.

    “How Hollywood is Spotlighting Social Change” will be discussed Wednesday  afternoon by a panel at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Moderator Marci Hamilton of Yeshiva University’s Cardozo School of Law will discuss the movie with “Spotlight” Oscar-winning producer and screenwriter Josh Singer and actor Neal Huff who played survivor Phil Saviano in the film. They’ll be joined by Steven Berkowitz, associate professor of clinical psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine and director of Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery, and Peter Decherney, Penn professor of English and cinema studies. 

    Hamilton and Singer spoke with WHYY’s Dave Heller.

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