The “Other” in Focus, a new UNC Asheville film series, will screen Jordan Peele’s Get Out and the documentaries With All Deliberate Speed and Yemanjá on upcoming Tuesday evenings at the Highsmith Student Union Grotto on campus. The films begin at 7 p.m. and will be followed by short discussions, and they are free and open to everyone.
March 19 – Get Out – When Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young African-American man, visits his white girlfriend’s (Allison Williams) family estate, he becomes ensnared in the more sinister, real reason for the invitation. This speculative thriller from Blumhouse (producers of The Visit, Insidious series and The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele (Key & Peele) is equal parts gripping thriller and provocative commentary. The film is rated R. UNC Asheville Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies Angel Kaur, who also directs the university’s Neuroscience Program, will lead the post-screening discussion.
April 2 – With All Deliberate Speed – This documentary is presented as part of UNC Asheville’s observance of the 65th anniversary of the Brown v Board of Education decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down the “separate but equal” justification for school segregation. The high court’s order to carry out its ruling contained the phrase “with all deliberate speed,” rather than any setting a deadline, and as this documentary by Peter Gordon shows, many communities kept their schools officially segregated long after the ruling and order.
April 19 – Yemanjá – This documentary by Donna C. Roberts and Donna Read, and narrated by Alice Walker, is about the Candomblé spiritual culture in Bahia, Brazil. Earth-based and grounded in strong community, this tradition evolved from the ways of enslaved Africans. The film explores Candomblé’s history, social challenges and triumphs through the voices of extraordinary women leaders.
The “Other” in Focus film series is sponsored by UNC Asheville’s Interdisciplinary Studies Department and other departments and programs at the university. For more information, please contact Associate Professor Agya Boakye-Boaten, chair of the Interdisciplinary Studies Department, at firstname.lastname@example.org.