Auburn University at Montgomery’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences will feature a pair of World War II-focused movies, as well as a documentary on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in its 2019 Political Film Series.
The screenings are free and open to the public. Complimentary popcorn and sodas will be available for attendees. The film series schedule includes the following:
“Miracle at St. Anna”
Monday, February 4, 7 p.m.
Goodwyn Hall 109
As part of Black History Month, Auburn University at Montgomery will screen a 2008 movie that represents a departure from the usual Spike Lee fare. Based on a true story chronicled in James McBride’s novel of the same name, the film is set in 1944 Italy and follows four African-American soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 92nd Infantry Division – the segregated unit known as the “Buffalo Soldiers” – trapped in a Tuscan village. “Miracle at St. Anna” explores their bravery in combat and the soldiers’ daily experiences with racial prejudice from their white commanding officers. Faculty members Dr. Ben Severance and Dr. Pia Knigge will introduce the movie to audience members.
Thursday, March 21, 7 p.m.
Goodwyn Hall 109
During Women’s History Month, AUM will screen the 2018 documentary by Julie Cohen and Betsy West exploring Justice Ginsburg’s life and career. While the “Notorious RBG” has emerged as a pop cultural icon, her biography may not be as well known. This film chronicles the personal journey of a diminutive, “quiet warrior” in her rise to the nation’s highest court. Faculty member Dr. Theresa Pelfrey will introduce the documentary.
“Woman in Gold”
Thursday, April 11, 7 p.m.
Goodwyn Hall 112
Based on a true story, the 2015 movie starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds will serve as a Holocaust Memorial Day feature. Maria Altman (played by Mirren), with the help of her nephew (played by Reynolds), seeks to regain the portrait of her aunt painted by Gustav Klimt in 1907 and plundered by the Nazis in World War II. In addition to taking on the legal battle to regain the portrait, she also fights to obtain a measure of justice for the death, destruction and art theft perpetrated by the Nazis. Faculty members Dr. Eric Sterling and Dr. Naomi Slipp will introduce the feature. Woman in Gold trailer
The Political Film Series is supported by Auburn University at Montgomery’s Office of the Provost and its Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.