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Diversity Film Festival


Tacoma Community College’s Diversity Film Festival seeks to explore and celebrate individual and cultural differences through film.  We feature dramatic and documentary films that promise to both entertain and inspire. The festival is celebrating its twelth year of bringing together art, ideas, and people.  

Experience a great lineup of films in TCC’s 2024 TCC Diversity Film Festival! All showings have FREE admission for TCC students.

The Diversity Film Festival runs April 24 through May 5. Many of the films are hosted at The Grand Cinema, 606 Fawcett Avenue in Tacoma. There are also films shown on the TCC Tacoma campus.

A list of films, dates, times and trailers is below.

Stories of Us: Camp Second Chance

Poster of Stories Of Us

This documentary film aims to build a bridge of compassion by showing how much more we are connected to one another while putting a face to the homeless demographic through their personal stories that  Director Melinda Raebyne captured when she stayed at a homeless camp in Seattle in the winter. Homeless people are, at the very heart of this, people. In giving a voice to their stories, Raebyne hopes to humanize them, so society can identify more readily with what has become a nameless, faceless population.

Special Events at this screening:

  • In the spirit of giving back to the community, Food Drive donations are encouraged, and will be collected at the film screening.  All donations will go to the TCC Titan Food Pantry
  • Director Melinda Raebyne will be in attendance for a discussion and Q&A after the film showing.
  • Musician Dain Norman is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and audio producer. In 2013, he arrived in the Pacific Northwest with only $15. For a period of time Dain was living in his car and did street performances to survive.  Since its founding in 2015, Norman’s Tacoma-based band The Chrysalis Effect has released its full album “Lantern” and toured throughout Washington and Oregon. They are working on their second album, Shades of Blue. Dain's music can be heard on the radio in Washington, Europe and Australia.  Mr. Norman will give a performance and presentation before the film screening.

Wednesday, April 24, TCC Building 16 room 106 
12:30 PM - lunch, music, presentation
1:30 PM – film screening

Watch the Trailer

Ten of Us

Film poster for Ten of Us

A one of a kind Tacoma film experience that explores themes of belonging, community building, and what it means to make your home in a city. The Ten of Us is a multifaceted project rooted in collaboration, with more than fifty Tacoma-based emcees, musicians, visual artists, activists, and organizational leaders all building a patchwork story of this bright, beautiful, diverse community. The resulting 90 minute film guides the audience on a tour through the city via the sounds, places, and people that give Tacoma its color. Each scene in the film was shot on location at various iconic South Sound landmarks. The Ten of Us project weaves together elements of live theater, documentary filmmaking, and concert footage, giving the audience a sense of being part of the project along with the artists and storytellers.

1:30 PM, Thursday, April 25, TCC Building 16 room 106


Up film poster

A 78-year-old curmudgeonly balloon salesman, is not your average hero. When he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America, he finally fulfills his lifelong dream of adventure. But after Carl discovers an 8-year-old stowaway named Russell, this unlikely duo soon finds themselves on a hilarious journey in a lost world filled with danger and surprises.

5:00 PM, Friday, April 26, TCC Building 11 Cafeteria (family friendly)

The Farewell

Movie poster for The Farewell

A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies.

2:30 PM, Sunday, April 28, The Grand (606 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402) Opening Gala with dinner and beverages to follow


Movie poster of Nomadland

A woman in her sixties, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

7 PM, Tuesday, April 30, The Grand (606 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402)


Movie poster for Scrapper

Georgie, a dreamy 12-year-old girl, lives happily alone in her London flat, filling it with magic. Suddenly, her estranged father turns up and forces her to confront reality.

7 PM, Thursday, May 2, The Grand (606 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402)


Movie poster for Radical
A teacher in a Mexican border town full of neglect, corruption, and violence, tries a radical new method to unlock their students' curiosity, potential - and maybe even their genius.

2:30 PM, Sunday, May 5, The Grand (606 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402)

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