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Filmmaker to present holistic healing study

As an actress, S. Pearl Sharp has been cast repeatedly as a nurse.

An independent filmmaker, her award-winning documentary on the residual effects of the slave trade is titled "The Healing Passage: Voices from the Water."

Also a practitioner and student of holistic healing, Sharp will present workshops today in two different venues.

"Reclaiming Your Ancestral Power" will be presented from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Regis Room of Canisius College's Richard E. Winter Student Center.

"It's a spiritual workshop -- not to be confused with religion," Sharp said in a telephone interview Friday. Among other things, the workshop explores strengthening intuition.

Tonight at 6:30, Sharp will talk about healing consciousness through art. And she's not talking about artists as most people think of them.

"Everybody has their artistic part of their spirit," she said.

That session is part of the Paul Robeson Theatre Artists Workshop Series at the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave.

Both workshops are free and open to the public.

Sharp presented her documentary Friday night at Canisius College. Earlier in the day, she appeared before students at a forum at Erie Community College's City Campus. Also sponsoring her appearances were the Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier, Buffalo's Elegant Urban Essentials, Buffalo Public Schools/Department of Social Studies Education, Buffalo Chapter of the NAACP, Tradition Keepers: Black Storytellers of Western New York and the University at Buffalo.

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