Sept. 20, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces the campus will present a Global Film Series this fall, which will feature three documentary films. The first film will be presented on Tuesday, Sept. 26, with a second film to screen in October. The third and final film of the series will be offered in November.
All of the screenings will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Murdock Hall room 218, on the MCLA campus. Each event is free and open to the public.
“I am Not Your Negro” will be screened on Tuesday, Sept. 26. This 2016 film was directed by Raoul Peck, and was based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, “Remember This House.” Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin’s reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as his personal observations of American history. “I am Not Your Negro” was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards.
On Tuesday, Oct. 24, MCLA will offer a screening of “14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim and Vanessa Lopez, which explores the recurring question about who has the right to be an American citizen. Written and directed by documentary filmmaker Anne Galisky, “14” tells the story of three American families. Descendants of Dred and Harriet Scott, as well as those of Wong Kim Ark, tell the stories of how their ancestors fought all the way to the Supreme Court. Rosario Lopez and her daughter Vanessa are both activists in the immigrant rights youth movement.
Finally, a screening of “Fire at Sea” will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 29. “Fire at Sea,” which also was nominated for an Academy award for “Best Documentary Feature,” is a 2016 Italian documentary film, with English subtitles, directed by Gianfranco Rosi, who intended to heighten awareness of migrants. Shot of the Sicilian island of Lampedusa during the European migrant crisis, the film’s main characters include a 12-year-old boy from a local fishing family and a doctor who treats the migrants upon their arrival.
The “Global Film Series” is co-sponsored by MCLA’s English/Communications Department, the History Department, and the Multicultural Education Center. For more information about the series, contact Dr. Jenna Sciuto, assistant professor of English/Communications, at .

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