Free film series looks at Southern culture

Aug. 29, 2014 @ 06:18 PM

The Southern Culture Movie Series, which features films on the culture and history of the U.S. South, will present three films during the fall. Films will be screened Sept. 4, Oct. 2 and Nov 20.

The series is free and open to the public and aims to introduce international students and scholars to local history and culture.

The screenings for the 2014 fall semester will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium in the FedEx Global Education Center at UNC. Each screening will be followed by a discussion and refreshments.

Elizabeth Barnum, director of the Office of International Student and Scholar Services, said the series began this summer and has “been a great way for our international students and scholars to learn more about the culture and history of the U.S. South. At the same time, our local community has enjoyed seeing these films and meeting our international students and scholars on campus.”

The films and dates are:

-- Thursday. “Looking for Ms. Locklear” (2008, 57 minutes). Using only word of mouth, two lifelong best friends and Internet comedians, Rhett and Link, embark on a search for the long-lost teacher of the first grade class in which they met. Their journey leads them deep into the heart of a tribe of Native Americans, the Lumbee of North Carolina.

-- Oct. 2. “Soul Food Junkies” (2012, 64 minutes). Through interviews with soul food cooks, historians and scholars, as well as doctors, family members and everyday people, “Soul Food Junkies” blends history, humor, and stories to address the consequences and the benefits of soul food.

-- Nov. 20. “The Quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend” (2005, 60 minutes). This Emmy-winning film documents a group of internationally acclaimed African-American quiltmakers from Gee’s Bend, Alabama.