August 21, 2013

Erica Even, Student Assistant

VSU Kicks Off Third Annual Social Issues in Film Series Aug. 26

VALDOSTA — The third year of Social Issues in Film Series at Valdosta State University begins at 7 p.m. on Aug. 26 in the University Center’s Room 1161 with a showing of “Trouble the Water” and continues with new films every other Monday during fall semester.

VSU students and sponsors Dr. Thomas Hochschild, Dr. Suzanne Slusser and Dr. Dana Williams of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice at VSU compiled nine films in the series to inform students about social issues.

“Our objective with the series is to create a venue where students can learn about, discuss, and critically analyze social issues in a fun and relaxed atmosphere,” says Hochschild, professor of sociology.

The first film in the series, “Trouble the Water” is a documentary that shows the struggles of the Louisiana poor after the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina and their cry for help that was left unanswered.  According to the film’s trailer, “It’s not about a hurricane. It’s about America.”

Films following “Trouble the Water” are “Made in L.A.” (Sept. 9), “Surviving Progress” (Sept. 23), “Harvest of Empire” (Oct. 7), “The House I Live In” (Oct. 21), “A Place at the Table” (Nov. 4), “Finding Sarah” (Nov. 18), and “In Tahrir Square” and “The History of Occupation” (Dec. 2). The films aim to address topics such as women’s issues, race and ethnicity, poverty, immigration, social activism, environmental issues and the criminal justice system.

Social Issues in Film Series is geared towards VSU students, but is open to the public. All admission is free. After the film, viewers are invited to an open discussion at which they can voice their thoughts and feelings on the film and social issues in an open atmosphere.  

Contact Dr. Thomas Hochschild at for more information.

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