Social Challenges of Our Times Film Series 2019-2020

Time to Choose

September 10, 2019 - 7pm - Frannie Graves Auditorium
Co-sponsored by the Center for Sustainability

Academy Award®-Winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson (Inside Job, No End in Sight) turns his lens to address worldwide climate change challenges and solutions in his new film Time to Choose. Featuring narration by award-winning actor Oscar Isaac, Time to Choose leaves audiences understanding not only what is wrong, but what can to be done to fix this global threat. Ferguson explores the comprehensive scope of the climate change crisis and examines the power of solutions already available. Through interviews with world-renowned entrepreneurs, innovators, thought leaders and brave individuals living on the front lines of climate change, Ferguson takes an In-depth look at the remarkable people working to save our planet




Embrace of the Serpent

embrace-of-the-serpent-alt.jpgOctober 15, 2019 - 7pm - Frannie Graves Auditorium
Co-Sponsored by the Department of Spanish

The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of forty years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.  






Neither Wolf Nor Dog

November 5, 2019 - 7pm - Frannie Graves Auditorium
Co-sponsored by McCain Library

A white author is summoned by a Lakota Elder who asks him to write a book about his perspective. After a blundering false start, he is all but kidnapped and sucked into a road trip through the heart of the contemporary Native American landscape.







code-girl.jpegNovember 19, 2019 - 7pm - Frannie Graves Auditorium
Co-sponsored by the Department of Physics and Astronomy

Five years ago, a Korean opera singer started a children's choir in a slum in India. Frustrated by the lack of support from the parents of his choir children, he decides to train the parents to sing for a joint concert. But it may be the toughest challenge of his life.




Real Value

January 21, 2020 - 7pm - Frannie Graves Auditorium
Co-Sponsored by the Social Innovation Master's Program

Real Value is an award-winning economics documentary that delivers a refreshing meditation on how business can be used to create real value beyond profit; connecting motivational stories from social entrepreneurs working in agriculture, apparel, insurance, and biofuel, with the captivating science behind our perception of value from world-renowned professor of psychology and behavioral economics, Dan Ariely. The film serves as inspiration for any business owner, entrepreneur, or customer who is looking to better understand what happens when a business puts people, planet, and profit on equal footing. 





The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

February 18, 2020 - 7pm - Frannie Graves Auditorium
Co-Sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Destroyed in a dramatic and highly-publicized implosion, the Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex has become a widespread symbol of failure amongst architects, politicians and policy makers. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth explores the social, economic and legislative issues that led to the decline of conventional public housing in America, and the city centers in which they resided, while tracing the personal and poignant narratives of several of the project's residents. In the post-War years, the American city changed in ways that made it unrecognizable from a generation earlier, privileging some and leaving others in its wake. The next time the city changes, remember Pruitt-Igoe.  





Suppressed: The Fight to Vote

March 24, 2020 - 7pm - Frannie Graves Auditorium
Co-Sponsored by the Department of Political Science

Voter suppression has become one of the biggest dangers of American elections. During the 2018 midterm elections, millions of voters in Georgia experienced suppression ranging from voter purges, to poll closures, to long lines of over 4 hours, to strict voter id issues that disproportionately block Brown and Black citizens from their constitutional right to vote.
For the past several months Brave New Films has been on the ground in Georgia talking with and interviewing voters as well as experts on this issue.  They have also worked with Fair Fight Action which was founded by Stacey Abrams, as well as the ACLU, the Brennan Center and many grassroots organizations.  The result is an emotionally gripping look at Georgia’s citizens that also lays out compelling and irrefutable evidence of voter suppression.




Becoming Incurable

April 14, 2020 - 7pm - Frannie Graves Auditorium
Co-Sponsored by the Department of Public Health

Becoming Incurable is a documentary feature film that explores the transformation of three individuals who became diagnosed with chronic, incurable illnesses. The film documents Leo Suan, a father and husband, who became diagnosed with severe Dystonia in his late 30s; Sofia Webster, a young woman living with Chronic Lyme Disease; and Charis Hill, a disabled activist living with Ankylosing Spondylitis.

The film’s mission is to empower, educate, and surprise viewers through three affecting narratives shaped by their chronic illness journey.