The Southern Culture Movie Series, sponsored by the UNC Writing Center, continues on June 9th with a screening of the 2008 documentary Moving Midway.
Here’s how the film’s website describes it:
“When New York film critic Godfrey Cheshire returns home to North Carolina in early 2004 and hears that his cousin Charlie Silver plans to uproot and move the buildings of Midway Plantation, their family’s ancestral home, an extraordinary, emotional journey begins…. Cheshire and Dr. Hinton examine how the Southern plantation, a crucial economic institution in early America, generated a powerful, bitterly contested mythology that was at the center of a string of American cultural milestones, from Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Birth of a Nation to Gone with the Wind and Roots. After the old manor house and outbuildings reach their new foundations, Cheshire makes contact with the some of the African American cousins whose existence he had never suspected. Their interest in the past they share with Cheshire’s relatives means that, by the time of its reopening, Midway’s ‘family’ has been forever redefined, its past illumined in ways that cast a new light on the South’s (and America’s) status as a mixed-race society.”
This film, which will be screened in 116 Murphey Hall, is free and open to the public.
The Southern Culture Movie Series, sponsored by the UNC Writing Center, continues on May 26th with a screening of the 2010 documentary Miss Nancy Minds Their Manners.
Here’s how the film’s website describes it: “[This] earnest and heartfelt documentary film… follows 79-year-old “Miss Nancy” Rascoe through the engaging task of teaching manners to children in her 200-year-old home in rural Hertford, NC. It’s a five-day and four-night summer etiquette camp like no other and the mix of activities are all rich with Miss Nancy’s true Southern gentility and grace from an era gone by.”
Disclaimer: No etiquette tests will be given during or after this film screening. This event, which will be held in 116 Murphey Hall, is free and open to the public.
Our friends at the UNC Writing Center are preparing to host another season of their popular Southern Culture Movie Series. This summer, the series will focus on documentary films created in and about North Carolina. The series begins with A Will for the Woods, a 2014 film about a man’s dying wish for a “green burial.”
As the film’s website describes it: “What if our last act could be a gift to the planet? Determined that his final resting place will benefit the earth, musician, psychiatrist, and folk dancer Clark Wang prepares for his own green burial while battling lymphoma. The spirited Clark and his partner Jane, boldly facing his mortality, embrace the planning of a spiritually meaningful funeral and join with a compassionate local cemetarian to use green burial to save a North Carolina woods from being clear-cut.”
This screening, which is free and open to the public, will be held in 116 Murphey Hall at 6:30 pm.
Join us in the FedEx Global Education Center for a film screening and conversation with former Mississippi Governor William Winter and former North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt. This Southern Documentary Project film received the 2015 Emmy for Best Historical Documentary from the Southeast division of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Governor Winter was awarded a 2008 Profile in Courage award for his efforts to sponsor, promote, and sign into law Mississippi’s Education Reform Act of 1982. Among other reforms, the act mandated statewide public kindergarten, compulsory school attendance, higher standards for teacher and student performance, and the creation of a lay state board of education.
This event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and MFA|EDA at Duke as well as UNC’s Center for Global Initiatives, Global Research Institute, Carolina Center for Public Service, Southern Historical Collection, Center for the Study of the American South, and Hunt Institute. A trailer for the film can be viewed here.
This event is sponsored by UNC GRITS, a student organization from the Gillings School of Public Health devoted to “Graduate Research and Intervention in The South.”