Films with a Social Conscience

Examine how eight important films offer moving, memorable stories that illuminate the injustices evident in cultures and communities. These films address homelessness, racism in both the South and the North, the Hollywood blacklist, sexist restrictions on the lives of women and girls, conflicts on the U.S.-Mexico border, the impact of homophobia, and the struggles of people who are deaf. We will study Sullivan’s Travels (1941), The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968), The Front (1976), Do the Right Thing (1989), Lone Star (1996), Monsoon Wedding (2002), Mustang (2015), and Moonlight (2016). Students will watch these films on their own; all will be available on popular streaming platforms. Active participation in class discussions is encouraged. Questions? Contact us at The Center for Applied Liberal Arts (CALA). Email sps.cala@nyu.edu or call 212-998-7289.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Greater exposure to films that address social and political issues
  • Increased cultural literacy

Ideal for

  • Anyone who loves movies
  • Those who care about injustice in the world
  • Students who use and appreciate critical thinking
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