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Student Movie Night Featured Presentations

April 15, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. Lecture Room C

A fearless sea captain sails a ship through loopholes in international law, providing abortions on the high seas, and leaving in her wake a network of emboldened activists who trust women to handle abortion on their own terms.

Ken Burns Presents: CANCER: The Emperor of all Maladies, a film by Barak Goodman
Preview Screening and Conversation with Director Barak Goodman
Thursday, February 12, 2015  •  6:00 p.m.  •  JUNKER AUDITORIUM

A 60 minute highlight reel of the 6 hour PBS series.  The screening will be followed by a 30 minutes discussion with Barak Goodman.

About the Film

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is a three-part, six-hour major television event from preeminent documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, in partnership with WETA, the flagship public broadcasting station in Washington, D.C.

This “biography” of cancer – from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic “War on Cancer” in the last century – comes at a moment of inflection in the history of the disease, when scientific breakthroughs have put a cure within reach. The series matches the epic scale of the disease, reshaping the way the public sees cancer and stripping away some of the fear and misunderstanding that has long surrounded it. The story of cancer is a story of scientific hubris, paternalism, and misperception, but it is also a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance.

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective and a biographer’s passion. The series artfully weaves three different films in one: a riveting historical documentary; an engrossing and intimate vérité film; and a scientific and investigative report.

The Connection
January 29, 2015  •  6:00 p.m.  •  Lecture Room D

The Connection is a feature documentary that uncovers the latest science in mind body medicine and proves we have much more to say about our health than we thought possible.


AWAKENINGS      Starring Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro
December 4, 2014   •  6:00 p.m.  •  Lecture Room A

Based on a true story as related by neurologist Oliver Sacks, Awakenings stars Robin Williams as the Sacks counterpart, here named Dr. Malcolm Sayer. Something of a klutz and naif, Dr. Sayer takes a job at a Bronx psychiatric hospital in 1969. Here he’s put in charge of several seemingly catatonic patients who, under Sayer’s painstaking guidance, begin responding to certain stimuli. Apprised of the efficacy of a new drug called L-DOPA in treating degenerative-disease victims, Sayer is given permission to test the drug on one of his patients: Leonard Lowe (Robert De Niro), who has not communicated with anyone since lapsing into catatonia as a child. Gradually, Lowe comes out of his shell, encouraging Sayers to administer L-DOPA to the other patients under his care. Julie Kavner and John Heard also star.

In conjunction with the Second Society Night Events
NOVEMBER 4th – Mortel and Waldhausen Societies
NOVEMBER 5th – Bond and Vastyan Societies
6:00 p.m.  •  Lecture Room A 
(with food being served in C3621)
Code Black

In his vivid and thought-provoking filmmaking debut, physician Ryan McGarry gives us unprecedented access to America’s busiest Emergency Department. Amidst real life-and-death situations, McGarry follows a dedicated team of charismatic, young doctors-in-training as they wrestle openly with both their ideals and with the realities of saving lives in a complex and overburdened system. Their training ground and source of inspiration is “C-Booth,” Los Angeles County Hospital’s legendary trauma bay, the birthplace of Emergency Medicine, where “more people have died and more people have been saved than in any other square footage in the United States.” CODE BLACK offers a tense, doctor’s-eye view, right into the heart of the healthcare debate – bringing us face to face with America’s only 24/7 safety net.

October 23, 2014 • 6:00 p.m. • Lecture Room A
Maria Full of Grace

Maria (Catalina Sandino Moreno) is only seventeen years old when an unplanned pregnancy leaves her family in dire straits. Desperate to find a job, Maria agrees to transport cocaine to New York City as a drug mule. When she arrives, with seventy bags of cocaine in her stomach, trouble finds her almost immediately. Directed by Joshua Marston. With Virgina Ariza, Yenny Paola


September 11, 2014
Prayers for Bobby: A Mothers Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay Son  • 6:00 p.m.  •  Lecture Room A

Prayers for Bobby: A Mother’s Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay Son, by Leroy F. Aarons, which is itself based on the true story of the life and legacy of Bobby Griffith, a young gay man who killed himself in 1983 due to his mother’s and community’shomophobia. The film stars Ryan Kelley as Bobby Griffith and Sigourney Weaver as his mother, Mary.

August 28, 2014
Contagion • 6:00 p.m. • Lecture Room A

The world is sent into a pandemic as a deadly virus spreads from one person to another. The germaphobe’s nightmare watches people die left and right as a team of doctors rush to find a cure for an unknown disease that spreads like wild fire. 1 hr 47 minutes

April 24, 2014
Exposed: The Race Against Tuberculosis  •  6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  •  Room: C3621

Join us to watch this four-part series of short films on the deadly global TB epidemic and the race to develop new tools to prevent it. Sponsored by the Departments of Humanities and Plastic Surgery.

March 20th 2014
Saving Face  •  Stay tuned Time and Location TBD

Every year hundreds of people – mostly women – are attacked with acid in Pakistan. SAVING FACE follows several of these survivors, their fight for justice, and a London-based reconstructive surgeon who has returned to his homeland of Pakistan to help them restore their faces and they lives.

January 30, 2014

BEASTS of the SOUTHERN WILD  •  6:00-9:00 p.m.  •  Lecture Room A

Faced with both her hot-tempered father’s fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.


November 21, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in Lecture Room A
The Waiting Room
Join us for the presentation of this award winning film and discussion with the films producer/director, Peter Nicks.

The Waiting Room is an immersive documentary film that weaves together several stories that unfold in surprising ways in the ER waiting room. It is an intimate rendering of the story of our health care system at a moment of great change told through the eyes of people stuck — sometimes for up to 14 hours — in the waiting room. The film tells the story of a remarkably diverse population – as well as the hospital staff charged with caring for them – battling their way through the seismic shifts in the nation’s health care system, while weathering the storm of a national recession. It isa film about one hospital, its multifaceted community, and how our common vulnerability to illness binds us together as humans.

Sponsored by the Department of Humanities and the Department of Emergency Medicine.

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