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The Political Film Series


The Political Film Series, sponsored by the Department of Political Science and Public Administration and the College of Public Policy and Justice, is offering three films during the fall semester:

The Secret State of North Korea (2014; NR)
When: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 7:00 P.M.
Where: 112 Goodwyn Hall
Co-sponsor: AUM Office for Global Initiatives
Film Introduction: Dr. Kalu N. Kalu, Political Science
Film Synopsis: Every year the United Nations International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21. One of the currently salient threats to global peace is the state of North Korea under Kim Jong-Un’s leadership. Just during the past twelve months, North Korea has carried out multiple tests of nuclear weapons. In July, the North Korean Government announced that its nuclear capabilities allow attacks “anywhere in the world”. Is this true? How belligerent are the North Koreans? Answers to these questions are hard to come by as North Korea is one of the world’s most isolated countries. Its leader since 2011, Kim Jong-Un,  is the world's youngest dictator. Like his father and grandfather, he wants to maintain tight control over what North Koreans see of the world - and what the world sees of North Korea. But with unique access, a very brave PBS FRONTLINE team of journalists was able to shed some light on the secret state. Using new footage smuggled from inside and never-before-told stories from recent defectors living in South Korea, the film offers a rare glimpse of how some North Koreans are defying authority in a country where just being caught with illegal DVDs could mean immediate imprisonment. Upon viewing the documentary the secret state will be less secret to the audience.

The Other Side of Immigration (2009; NR)
When: Monday, October 16, 2017 at 7:00 P.M.
Where: 112 Goodwyn Hall
Co-sponsor: University Honors Program
Film Introduction: Dr. Silvia Giagnoni
Film Synopsis: Regardless of whether the current administration of President Donald Trump will manage to build an actual wall along the U.S.-Mexican border, immigration will remain a highly salient issue on the political agenda. Any effective approach to immigration policy reform, however, must be comprehensive and look beyond the border control issue. Why are so many people every year running the risk of losing their lives by crossing the border? The Other Side of Immigration tries to answer this question by visiting several Mexican towns were about half of the population has taken this risk. The documentary further looks at what happens to the families and communities left behind. Through an approach that is both subtle and thought-provoking, director Roy Germano provides a perspective on undocumented immigration rarely witnessed by American eyes, challenging audiences to imagine more creative and effective solutions to the problem. 

When Trumpets Fade (1998; R)
When: Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 7:00 P.M.
Where: 112 Goodwyn Hall
Co-sponsor: College of Arts & Sciences
Film Introduction: Dr. Ben Severance, History
Film Synopsis: Our belated commemoration of Veterans Day features a gripping WWII drama set amid the carnage and slaughter of the Battle of Hürtgen Forest, which was a series of fierce battles fought from 19 September to 16 December, 1944 between American and German forces east of the Belgian–German border. It was the longest battle on German ground during World War II, and is the longest single battle the U.S. Army has ever fought. The film revolves around the actions of Private David Manning, a soldier in the 28th Infantry Division who, in order to survive, does just enough to stay out of trouble, but not enough to actually make a difference. HBO’s When Trumpets Fade is one of the most underrated war movies; a movie that provides the audience with a close-up look at the brutal reality of combat and insights to what war does to man.


The Political Film Series is made possible through a grant from the Ida Belle Young Special Projects Fund and is free and open to the public. Complimentary popcorn and soda will be served. For more information, please contact: Dr. Pia Knigge at pknigge@aum.edu or 334-244-3834.