The Smith Opera House will host a special double screening of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and Get Out on Thursday, Oct. 5. Sponsored by the Media and Society Department and the Office of Campus Life, the event will include a brief introduction by Visiting Assistant Professors of Media and Society Amanda Graham and Iskandar Zulkarnain. The first screening, Guess Who, will begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by a brief intermission and then the screening of Get Out at 9:55 p.m.
Released in 1967, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner tells the story of Joanna Drayton (Katharine Houghton), a white woman, and her fiancé John Prentice (Sidney Poitier), a black doctor, who travel to San Francisco to meet Drayton’s parents (Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn), who must confront their own racism despite beliefs of inclusivity.
Similarly, Get Out, a 2017 horror film produced and directed by Jordan Peele, portrays Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) travelling with his girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) to spend the weekend with her parents (Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener) at their home. Like Guess Who, Get Out explores themes of liberal ideologies in the face of racism, specifically in the context of relationships.
The event is free for students with an HWS ID. General admission is $10.