Movies That Matter
Movies That Matter is a new film series curated and presented in a collaborative partnership with Caltech Public Programming, Caltech Center for Inclusion and Diversity, Caltech Sustainability, and the student-led Caltech Y. The films in this series address current concerns in various realms of science as well as important matters of social justice.
Manzanar Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust
Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. PT (In recognition of Earth Week)
This is a virtual, one-time, free screening.
Sitting at the foot of the majestic snow-capped Sierras, Manzanar, the WWII concentration camp, becomes the confluence for memories of Payahuunadü, the now-parched "land of flowing water." Intergenerational women from Native American, Japanese American and rancher communities come together to form an unexpected alliance to defend their land and water from Los Angeles.
Join filmmaker Ann Kaneko and Max Christman, Caltech manager of sustainability programs, in a live Q&A as they discuss relevant issues brought forth in the documentary and the significance of Earth Week. Click here to view the film trailer!
Earth Day, held annually since 1970, has offered a continuing opportunity to recognize the human role in environmental protection. Caltech Sustainability hopes that collaboration with other Caltech groups with seemingly distinct missions will illustrate the interdisciplinary nature with which the world's greatest sustainability problems must be addressed. Environmental justice must be a leading theme as we look to address the climate crisis and other sustainability challenges.
A live Q&A will follow with:
- Ann Kaneko, Filmmaker
- Max Christman, Caltech manager of sustainability programs
A link to the film and Q&A will be emailed to all registrants 48 hours prior to the start time.
Registration is required. Click here to reserve your spot!
Watch past Q&A discussions.
100 Years From Mississippi
Friday, February 11, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. PT (In recognition of Black History Month)
This was a virtual, one-time, free screening.
100 Years From Mississippi is a true story of resilience, forgiveness, memory, and hope. Mamie Lang Kirkland still remembers the night in 1915 when panic filled her home in Ellisville, Mississippi. Her family was forced to flee in darkness from a growing mob of men determined to lynch her father and his friend. Mamie's family escaped, but her father's friend, John Hartfield, did not. He suffered one of the most horrific lynchings of the era. Mamie vowed to never return to Mississippi – until now. After 100 years, Mamie's youngest child, filmmaker, Tarabu Betserai Kirkland, takes his mother back to Ellisville to tell her story, honor those who succumbed to the terror of racial violence, and give testimony to the courage and hope epitomized by many of her generation. Click here to view the film trailer!
A live Q&A will follow with:
- Filmmakers Tarabu Betserai Kirkland and Barry Shabaka Henley
- Allen Edson, President of the NAACP, Pasadena Branch
- Caltech's Danielle L. Wiggins, assistant professor of history, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences
Watch the post screening Q&A. (click here)