This fall, a film series titled “The Culture of Respect” will shine a spotlight on issues of race, class, gender, sexuality and ability. Open to the HWS community, each screening will feature an HWS faculty or staff presenter who will contextualize the film, highlight topical themes and discuss historical and contemporary resonances with the audience.
“For a culture of respect to be truly inclusive, our pedagogy has to move beyond established dichotomies (black-white; gay-straight, etc.), and not only incorporate other forms of oppression that are also obstacles for the construction of a culture of respect, but do it from an integrated and interconnected perspective,” says Associate Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies Juan Liébana, who organized the series as a campus-wide extension of his first-year seminar of the same name.
Through these “issues that, historically, have been the cause of miscommunication and violence between people and nations,” Liébana says, both the film series and the seminar explore both the differences and the common bonds that connect human beings to one another.
The series begins on Wednesday, Sept. 7 with a screening of Spike Lee’s 1997 film, “4 Little Girls” followed by a conversation on racism. Presenter: HWS Chaplain Maurice Charles.
Offering insight into the topic of ageism, Yasujirô Ozu’s 1953 film, “Tokyo Story,” will be screened on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Presenter: Associate Professor of Asian Studies James-Henry Holland.
On Wednesday, Oct. 5, the 2012 Polish film “Aftermath,” directed by Wladyslaw Pasikowski will engage the audience in a conversation surrounding anti-Semitism. Presenter: Professor of Religious Studies Michael Dobkowski.
A screening of “The Times of Harvey Milk” (1984), directed by Rob Epstein on Wednesday, Oct. 19 highlights issues around homophobia. Presenter: Professor of Media and Society Linda Robertson.
Classism is the theme of the Wednesday, Nov. 2 screening of the 2012 documentary “A Place at the Table,” directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush. Presenters: Assistant Professor of Economics Keoka Grayson and Associate Professor of Economics Elizabeth Ramey.
On Wednesday, Nov. 16, the series explores ableism with “Including Samuel,” directed by Dan Habib (2007). Presenters: Associate Professor of Education Mary Kelly and Assistant Professor of Education Diana Baker.
The final screening of the semester, on Wednesday, Nov. 30, will look at sexism and transphobia with “All About My Mother,” directed by Pedro Almodóvar (1999). Presenter: Associate Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies Juan Liébana.
The films will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.