Social Challenges of Our Time Film Series 2017-2018

The Social Challenges of Our Time (SCOOT) Film Series features documentaries and films focused on global social issues across the liberal arts. Screenings of films are typically a collaboration with academic departments across campus, featuring films that support courses and student learning outcomes. 

SCOOT Series for 2017-2018 

Sakthi Vibration
Thursday, September 28th, 2017
7pm - Frannie Graves Auditorium
*Includes Q&A with filmmaker and ethnomusicologist Zoe Sherinian*
This documentary film reveals how two progressive Indian, Catholic nuns reclaim the polluted drum of the outcastes/Dalits to empower young female dropouts at the Sakthi Folk Cultural Centre in Tamil Nadu. The liberating tools of music and dance make the earth tremble with change.

Schooling the World
Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
7pm - Frannie Graves Auditorium
If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it? You would change the way it educates its children. The U.S. Government knew this in the 19th century when it forced Native American children into government boarding schools. Today, volunteers build schools in traditional societies around the world, convinced that school is the only way to a 'better' life for indigenous children. But is this true? What really happens when we replace a traditional culture's way of learning and understanding the world with our own? Schooling the World takes a challenging, sometimes funny, ultimately deeply disturbing look at the effects of modern education on the world's last sustainable indigenous cultures.

Tuesday,  November 14, 2017
7pm - Frannie Graves Auditorium
Falafelism follows the iconic Palestinian croquette made from ground chickpeas and fava beans as it rolls its way through world history, cultural identity, class struggle, and international politics. There is no doubt that the world enjoys this humble sandwich as a Middle Eastern food favorite but some Israelis now claim it as their own. What is the origin of this dish? What is the difference between the Egyptian Tamieh and the Palestinian Falafel? Who is winning the Falafel wars? Can this delicious yet humble sandwich bring people together or is it yet another example of Israeli appropriation of Palestinian food and culture? Filmed in North America, Europe and the Middle East, with leading scholars, restaurateurs, and everyday people, Falafelism tries to answer all these questions and more as filmmaker Ari Cohen gains 20 pounds in search of cultural coexistence between Israel and Palestine, Jews and Arabs.

Climate Change Documentary from the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival
7pm - Frannie Graves Auditorium
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Telluride Mountainfilm uses the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world. During the 2017 Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, Mountainfilm launched a new initiative called ‘The New Normal’ to bring awareness to the global and local impacts of climate change through their films. 

A Trek to the River's Edge
January - Date TBD
6:30pm - Frannie Graves Auditorium
*Will include a panel discussion with the film's director and several former student activists*
A Trek to the River’s Edge is a documentary film about the Atlanta Student Movement of the 1960’s. This film outlines the strategy, planning and actions of the students and the support from the larger community striving to overcome the oppression of segregation in contemporary America. Hear the firsthand accounts of the struggles and triumphs from the Atlanta University Center student leaders who organized, strategized, sat-in, marched and went to jail again and again in the fight to achieve full citizenship, justice and equality for African Americans.
Music of Strangers
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
7pm - Frannie Graves Auditorium
Over the past 16 years, an extraordinary group of musicians has come together to celebrate the universal power of music. Named for the ancient trade route linking Asia, Africa and Europe, The Silk Road Ensemble, an international collective created by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, exemplifies music’s ability to blur geographical boundaries, blend disparate cultures and inspire hope for both artists and audiences. The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble follows an ever-changing lineup of performers drawn from the ensemble’s more than 50 instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
7pm - Frannie Graves Auditorium
María, a seventeen-year-old Mayan (Kaqchikel) girl, lives on the slopes of an active volcano in Guatemala. An arranged marriage awaits her, but her suitor must first spend months working in the city. It is a world María knows nothing of but is forced to grapple with when problems arise. She does not want to stay in this modern world until it saves her life during a pregnancy complication.

The Guangzhou Dream Factory
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
7pm - Frannie Graves Auditorium
Guangzhou, a.k.a. Canton, is southern China’s centuries-old trading port. Today the booming metropolis of 14 million is a mecca of mass consumption, its vast international trading centers crammed with every “Made in China” good imaginable. Every year more than half a million Africans travel to Guangzhou where they buy goods to sell back in Africa. Over time, some have chosen to stay, and for these Africans, China looks like the new land of opportunity, a place where anything is possible. But is it?
Featuring a dynamic cast of men and women from Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda, Guangzhou Dream Factory weaves the stories of Africans chasing alluring, yet elusive, “Made in China” dreams into a compelling critique of 21st century global capitalism. Following a filmmaker’s journey from Ghana to China and back to Africa, Guangzhou Dream Factory provides a rare glimpse of African aspirations in an age of endless outsourcing.