This film series, which takes place each summer, is designed to be an entertaining and critical introduction to the American South, and most films are accompanied by commentary from a topical expert. While intended especially for international students and scholars, the series is open to everyone. Many of the movies in this series are available at the Media Resources Center.

Summer 2018 Flyer * Previous SCMS Films

All screenings are:

Parking: Free parking is USUALLY available directly beneath the FedEx building after 5 PM. See here for a parking map, and check the parking reservations calendar before you arrive.

2018 Schedule

May 17

Truth Underground

Discussion facilitated by Gerret Warner, film director and co-owner and operator of Warner & Company

Truth Underground follows three spoken word poets as they harness the power of the word. CJ Suitt confronts racial injustice as a Southern black male. Kamaya Truitt-Martin competes in poetry slams across the country to heal a broken home. Jeremy Berggren employs art and poetry to cope with PTSD and to bear witness to the suffering of veterans. The 19th-century poet John Keats said, “Truth is beauty,” and beauty is harsh. [2018, 67 min]

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May 31

Talking Black in America

Discussion facilitated by Jeffrey Reaser, Associate Professor of English at North Carolina State University and Associate Director of the Language and Life Project

African American English is the most controversial and misunderstood variety of speech in America. Linguistic discrimination continues to affect speakers of the variety, and the ways it is linked to educational achievement and literacy are widely misunderstood by the public and by professionals in a number of allied fields. National discussions of language issues ranging from the proposed amendment to the Constitution to make English the official language of the United States to the public controversy about the decision of the Oakland Unified School Board to recognize Ebonics in their curriculum have indicated the critical, symbolic role of language differences in American society. With the perspectives of everyday speakers and the guidance of historians, linguists, and educators, Talking Black in America showcases the history and symbolic role of language in the lives of African Americans and highlights its tremendous impact on the speech and culture of the United States. The documentary addresses the persistent misinformation about African American speech and situates it as an integral part of the historical and cultural legacy of all Americans. [2017, 66 min]

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June 14

Granny’s Got Game

Discussion facilitated by Angela Alford, director, producer and editor of the film

Granny’s Got Game is an inspiring documentary film about a senior women’s basketball team in North Carolina. These fiercely competitive women in their seventies battle physical limitations and social stigma to keep doing what they love. [2013, 74 min]

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June 28

Nobel Nok Dah & This is My Home Now

Discussion facilitated by Mariah Dunn Kramer, filmmaker and instructor of Film Studies at UNCW
Additional financial support provided by the Carolina Asia Center and Carolina Seminars: Southeast Asian Approaches

Nobel Nok Dah offers an intimate view into the lives of three refugee women from Burma, whose migratory paths cross in Thailand and eventually meet when they resettle to central New York. [2015, 23 min]

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This Is My Home Now documents the lives of four Montagnard youths whose families have come to America in the past decade from Asia. They live in two worlds—that of their parents and grandparents, who lived in the highlands of Viet Nam but fled from government persecution for their Christian religion and desire for autonomy—and one of constant learning and adaptation to be Americans in North Carolina. [2015, 27 min]

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July 12

Un Buen Carnicero, Collards in the Cafeteria & Wok Next Door

Discussion facilitated by D.L. Anderson and Victoria Bouloubasis, filmmakers

Un Buen Carnicero (A Good Butcher) goes behind the courtesies of the butcher’s counter on the eve of Independence Day to explore the complex realities of immigrant life while celebrating America’s freedom and questioning its convenience. [2015, 14 min]

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Nestled in the agricultural heart of North Carolina, Gaston County schools are attempting to source 10% of their produce locally. Students love the addition of fresh, local strawberries and watermelons to their menu, but how about collards? Collards In The Cafeteria follows the journey of this nutrient rich leafy green from the fields to the county’s Central Kitchen, where they are cooked and processed in a Wonka-like fashion for cafeteria service the following day. [2014, 6 min]

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Joe lived next to Julia and Johnny for years and barely knew the couple — but the delicious fragrance of ginger and garlic coming from their kitchen window beckoned. Wok Next Door tells the story of how one day he knocked on their door to ask for cooking lessons. Turns out his love of Chinese food started in the womb — with these two very people. [2011, 11 min]

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July 26

First Language: The Race to Save Cherokee

Discussion facilitated by Ben Frey, Assistant Professor of American Studies at UNC-CH and a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Over fourteen thousand Cherokee remain in their ancestral homelands in the mountains of North Carolina, but few among them still speak their native language. Recognizing its imminent loss, the Eastern Band of Cherokee are now taking extraordinary steps in a fight to revitalize the Cherokee language. [2014, 56 min]

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Southern Culture Movie Series brought to you by:

The Writing Center

International Student and Scholar Services

The Media Resources Center

The Summer School