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Movie shows Charlotte at a crossroads

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A movie meant to help Charlotte make a better future for itself premieres tonight in six locations around the region. Crossroads Charlotte was born several years ago when a survey of 40 communities across the country found Charlotte-Mecklenburg among the worst when it came to trust between races. Local leaders built a coalition to address the issue and today they unveil their efforts with four short films that illustrate different paths for Charlotte's future. Two are grim, two more hopeful. Crossroads Charlotte Executive Director Patricia Zoder says tonight's screenings will end with a call to action. "We'll show the initiatives that people are doing," says Zoder. "There'll be a variety of ways for people to get involved. But they may also choose, and we hope they will, to get involved in other organizations that are doing some really wonderful programming." Crossroads Charlotte is funded by a three and a half million dollar grant from the Knight Foundation. Zoder says programs inspired by the effort include the Friday Friends fellowship activities by Mecklenburg Ministries and Presbyterian Health Care's Mobile Care Unit.