ArtStreet Film Series

Explore contemporary issues through film, presented in collaboration with partners across campus. Free and open to the public. Most film screenings include a pre or post-film discussion. 

All screenings are held in ArtStreet Studio B screening room unless otherwise noted. Parking and directions >>

Fall 2015 film info coming soon!

Past Films


Presented in partnership with the Graul Chair in Arts and Languages as part of Rites/Rights/Writes.

MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM: Friday 2/27/15 at 1 p.m
A Campus Cultural Connections event. Guided discussion at 1 p.m.; film screening at 2 p.m. Discussion facilitated by Haimanti Roy (Department of History) and Joel Pruce (Department of Political Science). This 2013 film chronicles Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. Learn more >>

Discussion led by Art Jipson, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work and Director of the Criminal Justice Studies Program. Shot over the course of two years in three Louisiana prisons, Georgetown ethnomusicologist Ben Harbert weaves together interviews and performances of extraordinary inmate musicians. Presented with support from the Criminal Justice Studies Program. Learn more >>

CARANDIRU: Friday 3/20 at 7 p.m.
Hosted by Dr. Richard Chenoweth, Graul Chair in Arts and Languages. This 2003 Brazilian-Argentine film, directed by Hector Babenco, tells the story of events leading up to the 1992 massacre in the Carandiru Penitentiary in Brazil. Learn more >> 


Presented by the Dayton Human Relations Council; sponsored by PNC. Discussion facilitated by Anthony Barwick and Dr. Ty Stone of “The Conversation Piece." Pizza and refreshments provided.

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE: Friday 2/6/15 at 7 p.m.
Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival's Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, Dear White People is a sly, provocative satire of race relations in the age of Obama. Watch the trailer >>

CRASH: Friday 2/13/15 at 7 p.m. 
Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption. View the trailer >>

The first documentary about the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright August Wilson, bringing to life his seminal 10-play cycle chronicling each decade of the 20th-century African-American experience. Learn more >>

In conjunction with Native Peoples of the Americas Colloquium:

9/26/14 Reel Injun

Hosted by Dr. Tereza Szeghi (Department of English)
Reel Injun takes an insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through the history of cinema. Traveling through the heartland of America, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond looks at how the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world’s understanding – and misunderstanding – of Natives. Learn more >>

10/24/14 Smoke Signals

Hosted by Tom Morgan (Department of English)
An unlikely pair leave home on what becomes an unexpected unforgettable adventure of friendship and discovery. Directed and co-produced by Chris Eyre, with a screenplay by Sherman Alexie based on the short story "This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona." View the film trailer >>

11/7/14 The Business of Fancydancing

Hosted by Carlos Stewart (Office of Multicultural Affairs)
The Business of Fancydancing (2002) was written and directed by Sherman Alexie. The film explores the tension between two Spokane men who grew up together on the Spokane Reservation in eastern Washington state. Internal conflict between the main character's Indian heritage and his life as an urban gay man with a white boyfriend plays out in multiple cultures and relationships over his college and early adult years. His literary success as a famed American Indian poet, resulting in accolades from non-Indians, contrasts with a lack of approval from those he grew up with on the reservation. View the film trailer >>

12/5/14 Skins

Hosted by Dr. Scott West (University Libraries)
Skins (2002) is a feature film by Chris Eyre based upon the novel of the same name by Adrian C. Louis. The film is set on the fictional Beaver Creek Indian Reservation in South Dakota near the Nebraska border, a place very much like the actual Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Lakota Sioux tribal police officer Rudy Yellow Lodge struggles to rescue his older, alcoholic brother, Mogie, a former football star who was wounded in combat three times in Vietnam. View the film trailer >>

In conjunction with Citizens of the World:

Presented by the Center for International Programs and ArtStreet, with support from the Division of Student Development. Learn more about Citizens of the World >>

11/14/14 The Dialogue

Hosted by Amy Anderson (Executive Director, Center for International Programs).

This documentary follows four American and four Chinese university students as they travel together through Hong Kong and Southwest China. Their shared travel adventures, emotion of culture shock, honest confrontations and discoveries about each other become doorways to deepen their understanding of the world and of themselves. View the film trailer >>

11/21/14 Crossing Borders

Hosted by Sangita Gosalia (Center for International Programs) with student panelists Chinyi Chen, Joseph (Jed) Gerlach and Safae Sali. 
Crossing Borders is a documentary that follows four Moroccan and four American university students as they travel together through Morocco and, in the process of discovering “The Other” discover themselves. With group travels and frank discussions, the students confront the complex implications of the supposed “clash of civilizations” between Islam and the West. The relationships formed through shared experiences contrast sharply with the media-shaped views Americans and Muslims have of each other. Humor, honesty and a willingness to be challenged all bring individuals closer to each other and the relationships that develop disarm hidden stereotypes. View the film trailer >>


10/3/14 and 10/17/14 Dead Man Walking

Hosted by Dr. Meredith Doench (Department of English)
This 1995 film is based on the book of the same name by Sister Helen Prejean. Directed by Tim Robbins and starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, the film was nominated for four Academy Awards. As an adaptation of the renowned literary work by the same name, this film provides a vivid connection to both the book and the operatic version of the book-- which will be performed by the Dayton Opera on Feb. 25, 27 and March 1, 2015. Experiencing this film will provide background, depth and context for the opera and the Feb. 25-27 campus residency of Sister Helen Prejean, who will be a featured guest of the UD Speaker Series. Learn more >>

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