The Writing Center at UNC is presenting Southern Culture Movie Series, on select Thursdays, at 5:30 p.m,. this summer (2019.) The movies are free to attend, open to the public, and take place in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium of the FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill.
Here are some campus maps that should help you find the building.
The Writing Center offers some advice on parking:
The film series is designed especially for international students and is meant to be an introduction to the American South. Most films are accompanied by commentary from a topical expert. While intended especially for international students and scholars, the series is open to everyone.
Here’s the remaining schedule:
Discussion facilitated by Dr. Steven Channing, filmmaker
Through lively first-person stories, Remarkable Journey explores the ‘pioneer’ generation of Indian immigrants to North Carolina, as the world’s oldest and largest democracies met here in the midst of the Civil Rights movement and beyond. These energetic newcomers helped fuel the expansion of opportunities in science and business in our region, as they met the challenge of passing the “essence of India” on to their children. [2017, 60 min]
Discussion facilitated by Paolo Tosini, film restoration expert and instructor at CHICLE Language Institute
The Spanish-speaking population in the Southeastern US has been growing at an unprecedented rate. This movement has led to major language change issues about the co-existence of English and Spanish in the American South. People from all walks of life contribute to the American story of Spanish and English and its relationship to movement, identity, and community. [2011, 55 min]
Some of the content in this film may not be appropriate for children.
Discussion facilitated by Jeremy Lange, Director
Home from three combat tours in Iraq, Alex Sutton forges a new identity as a farmer, hatching chicks and raising goats on 43 acres in rural North Carolina. He dives into life on the farm with his new love Jessica, but cannot shake the lingering traumas of war. The stories he tells about battlefield experiences become unmoored from reality as he cycles between states of heightened awareness and “feeling zombified” from a cocktail of prescriptions meant to keep him stable. For the viewer, as for Alex, what to believe about his past is uncertain. The farm becomes a terrain to unearth what is buried, what it really means to be “the perfect soldier,” and where to find the way forward. [2016, 65 min]