Humanities Institute

Announcing the Summer / Fall 2019 Controversy & Conversation Film Series

Mon, June 10, 2019
Announcing the Summer / Fall 2019 Controversy & Conversation Film Series
Summer/Fall 2019 Films

Since 2015 the Humanities Institute has partnered with the Austin Public Library to sponsor monthly Controversy & Conversation documentary film screenings that bring the Austin community together through meaningful dialogue about documentaries depicting controversial topics that affect us all. The films during the Spring 2019 semester examined issues such as race and the criminal justice system, migration and immigration, food waste and sustainability, politics and the world of sports, and campaign finance.  

The HI and Austin Public Library have chosen six award-winning documentaries for the Summer / Fall 2019 Controversy & Conversation series, and attendees can look forward to films and conversation about climate change, controversies in the scientific community, the post-Katrina political climate in New Orleans, the U.S.-Mexico border, legislation around abortion, and the medical device industry.

The season will begin on July 11 with Fisher Stevens’ Before the Flood (2016), which features Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic to document climate change firsthand. On August 1, we screen Merchants of Doubt (2014), directed by Robert Kenner. The film looks at pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities as they speak about topics like toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals and climate change. On September 5, we’ll continue with Getting Back to Abnormal (2013), which will feature a special session with one of the film’s directors and producers, Dr. Paul Stekler. The film is an intimate look at race, politics and culture in post-Katrina New Orleans. On October 3, we view The River and the Wall (2019), from director Ben Masters, which follows five friends as they come face-to-face with the human and environmental sides of the immigration debate. From the directing duo Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg, the November 7 film, Reversing Roe (2018), takes a historical look at the abortion debate across the history of America. To conclude the season, we’ll be viewing Kirby Dick's latest documentary, The Bleeding Edge (2018), on December 5. This film investigates the unforeseen consequences of advanced technological devices used in the medical field.

The Controversy & Conversation documentary screenings take place the first Thursday of the month at the Terrazas Branch of the Austin Public Library. They begin at 6:30PM and are followed by a 30-50 minute community conversation. Light refreshments are provided.

Sponsored by: The Humanities Institute and the Austin Public Library

 

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