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Drury’s humanities film series to resume Saturday with “Selma”

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 21, 2019 — Drury’s Humanities and Arts Film Series will resume this weekend at the Moxie Cinema with a showing of the 2014 civil rights film “Selma,” Saturday, February 23. This seventh film season, which began in 2018, carries the theme “Humanities and Democracy.” Each film shown offers its own perspective on the nature and foundations of democracy in the United States and abroad.

The partnership between Drury and the nonprofit Moxie Cinema places a spotlight on films that ask enduring questions about the human condition and adds an open, facilitated discussion to the mix. After each showing, a Drury professor leads a group discussion about the movie’s themes. The post-film discussions are about 30 minutes each. Tickets are $5 and all screenings begin at 1 p.m.

“Selma” (2014), examines the events surrounding the passage of the Voting Rights Act, a critical moment in the Civil Rights Movement and for Dr. Martin Luther King. The film reveals the debates within the Civil Rights Movement and the challenges activists faced in getting federal and state officials to move forward with desegregating American society. Following the film, Drury English professor Dr. Richard Schur will lead a discussion that explores how the film speaks to a generation of Americans who were not alive to witness King and the Civil Rights Movement.

“Selma is the perfect film for the Moxie Film Series on Humanities and Democracy,” says Schur. “It depicts how Dr. Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement used non-violent resistance to persuade President Lyndon Johnson to support the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The post-film discussion will explore how the film examines and extends the legacy of Dr. King.”

The remaining films in the spring lineup will screen in April and include:

  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), directed by Frank Capra and hosted by Dr. Dan Ponder, professor of political science.
  • No (2012), directed by Pablo Larraín and hosted by Dr. Tim Robbins, associate professor of Spanish.

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