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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 spring semester:

Film: Marshall
(2017; PG 13)
When: Wednesday, February 13, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. (Black History Event)
Where: 109 Goodwyn Hall
Co-sponsor: AUM Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Film Introduction: Circuit Clerk, Tiffany B. McCord
Film Synopsis: The legal thriller “Marshall” is set during the 1940s when a young NAACP attorney from New York City and future Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman), is called to Bridgeport, Connecticut, to defend a black man, Joseph Spell (Sterling Brown). The charge is familiar: Spell is accused of the rape and attempted murder of a white upper class woman (Eleanor Strubing portrayed by Kate Hudson). The courtroom too is familiar; it features an all-white jury who has made up its mind and a grumpy old white male judge. The judge of course does not welcome outsiders to his courtroom, especially if they are outspoken and black like Marshall. Fortunately for the judge, unfortunately for Marshall and the accused, Connecticut only allows attorneys licensed to practice law in the state, to argue before the bench. Hence, Marshall is forced to use a co-counsel, Sam Friedman, a Jewish insurance lawyer without any experience in a criminal court. What follows is a moving, sometimes funny, story filled with plenty of suspense about power, racial, religious, and gender discrimination, but most of all, about a couple of guys who despite their differences work together and become a successful team. And the audience gets to know Thurgood Marshall, so accomplished at a young age, and who moved on to become one of the most significant figures in U.S. legal history and civil rights.

Film: Suffragette
(2015; PG 13)
When: Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. (International Women's Day)
Where: 109 Goodwyn Hall
Co-sponsor: AUM Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Film Introduction: Dr. Elizabeth Woodworth
Film Synopsis: “Suffragette”, directed by Sarah Gavron from a screenplay by Abi Morgan, is a thrilling historical drama tracking the courageous story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement in England. It takes place in 1912 in the city of London, at an important moment in the suffragist movement and very much in the middle of the long journey toward equal voting rights. Franchise to women in Britain was not fully extended until 1928. The film focuses not on the leaders of the movement (for example, Emmeline Pankhurst portrayed by Meryl Streep) but on the ordinary women whose life is changed by political engagement. One of these rank and file members is Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan), who along with her husband works in an industrial laundry where she faces dangerous work conditions, low pay, and sexual harassment on a daily basis. She becomes a suffragette almost accidentally, accompanying a co-worker to a clandestine meeting. Maud and her friends are required to make terrible sacrifices for the cause while battling a government that does not shy away from using brutal force. The final turns of the tale are rather suspenseful, but “also stirring and cleared – the best kind of history lesson” as The New York Times writes.

Film: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
(2017; PG)
When: Monday, April 23, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. (early Earth Day feature)
Where: 112 Goodwyn Hall
Co-sponsor: AUM College of Arts & Sciences
Film Introduction: Dr. Rosine Hall
Film Synopsis: The documentary which won the 2017 Critics’ Choice Documentary Award is the follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth (2006), which raised public awareness of climate change. The sequel shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. The film attempts to assess how much progress has been made to tackle the problem of climate change during the last ten years. The camera, capturing both private and public moments, then follows former Vice-President Al Gore as he attempts to persuade governmental leaders at home and around the globe to invest in renewable energy. His tireless fight culminates in the landmark signing of the 2016's Paris Climate Agreement. The victory, however, was short-lived as President Trump withdrew the United States last year. What does this decision mean for the agreement and the environment? These are some of the questions surely to be addressed in the discussion following the screening.


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.