Social Challenges of Our Times Film Series 2018-2019

Heather Booth: Changing the World

Featuring a LeaderStory and Q&A with Heather Booth
September 18, 2018 - 7pm - Gaines Auditorium
Co-sponsored by SUMMIT

The documentary Heather Booth: Changing the World is an inspiring look at how social change happens. Booth, a renowned organizer and activist, began her remarkable career at the height of the civil rights movement. Looking at Booth’s life, work and personal relationship with respected leaders, such as Julian Bond and Senator Elizabeth Warren, the film explores the most pivotal moments in progressive movements that altered our country’s history over the last fifty years.




Girl Rising

girl-rising.jpgOctober 23, 2018 - 7pm - Frannie Graves Auditorium
Co-Sponsored by Internship and Career Development and the Peace Corps

The movie tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices. Despite these obstacles, the brave girls offer hope and inspiration. By getting an education, they're able to break barriers and create change.





Singing with Angry Bird

singing-with-angry-bird.jpgNovember 15, 2018 - 7pm - Frannie Graves Auditorium
Co-sponsored by the Department of Music

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.







January 22, 2019 - 7pm - Frannie Graves Auditorium
Co-Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies

Dolores Huerta bucks 1950s gender conventions by starting the country's first farm worker's union with fellow organizer Cesar Chavez. What starts out as a struggle for racial and labor justice, soon becomes a fight for gender equality within the same union she is eventually forced to leave. As she wrestles with raising 11 children, three marriages, and is nearly beaten to death by a San Francisco tactical police squad, Dolores emerges with a vision that connects her new found feminism with racial and class justice.





Naija Beta

February 19, 2019 - 7pm - Frannie Graves Auditorium
Co-Sponsored by the Department of Physics and Astronomy

A team of Nigerian MIT undergraduates head home one summer to run the first ever robotics camp for high-schoolers in their country. Hoping to instill a love of creative problem solving in their new converts to robotics engineering, the MIT undergrads discover that they themselves have many lessons to learn about their country and about themselves, as they attempt to pull off an autonomous robotics competition in the final days of the program. Ultimately, the robotics camp becomes a portrait of an entrepreneurial generation of young Nigerians and the society they are attempting to change.





Bending the Arc

March 19, 2019 - 7pm - Frannie Graves Auditorium
Co-Sponsored by the Department of Public Health

The epic story of the global health movement is seen through the intimate narrative of Dr. Paul Farmer, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, and other courageous doctors and patients who led the fight, against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, to bring medical care to the poorest people and most neglected regions around the world.






Eating Animals

April 16, 2019 - 7pm - Frannie Graves Auditorium

How much do you know about the food that's on your plate? Based on the bestselling book by Jonathan Safran Foer and narrated by co-producer Natalie Portman, Eating Animals is an urgent, eye-opening look at the environmental, economic, and public health consequences of factory farming. Tracing the history of food production in the United States, the film charts how farming has gone from local and sustainable to a corporate Frankenstein monster that offers cheap eggs, meat, and dairy at a steep cost: the exploitation of animals; the risky use of antibiotics and hormones; and the pollution of our air, soil, and water. Spotlighting farmers who have pushed backed against industrial agriculture with more humane practices, Eating Animals offers attainable, common sense solutions to a growing crisis while making the case that ethical farming is not only an animal rights issue but one that affects every aspect of our lives.