Curated screenings including limited series, one-night-only presentations, and more.
DocNights with Thomas Jefferson University
Presented with Thomas Jefferson University, DocNights showcases celebrated contemporary documentaries exploring vital issues that affect our world, followed by enriching post-screening Q&As featuring the documentary subjects, filmmakers, and university conversation partners.
During 2021-2022, DocNights will present films that engage with facets of environmental justice, including how it relates to health, race, gentrification, food sovereignty, and more. Stay tuned for information on how to join us at our two fall screenings and talkbacks!
In an effort to bring these important and enlightening stories to members of the Philadelphia community, DocNights with Thomas Jefferson University is FREE to attend.
Cecilia Aldarondo | USA | 2020 | English, Spanish | 93 MIN
March 28 | Talkback at 7:00 PM via Zoom
Through shard-like glimpses of everyday life in post-Hurricane María Puerto Rico, LANDFALL is a cautionary tale for our times. Set against the backdrop of protests that toppled the US colony’s governor in 2019, the film offers a prismatic portrait of collective trauma and resistance. While the devastation of María attracted a great deal of media coverage, the world has paid far less attention to the storm that preceded it: a 72-billion-dollar debt crisis crippling Puerto Rico well before the winds and waters hit. LANDFALL examines the kinship of these two storms—one environmental, the other economic—juxtaposing competing utopian visions of recovery. Featuring intimate encounters with Puerto Ricans as well as the newcomers flooding the island, LANDFALL reflects on a question of contemporary global relevance: when the world falls apart, who do we become?
Join us on March 28 at 7:00PM for a special discussion with LANDFALL Associate Producer & Collaborator Lale Namerrow Pastor.
LANDFALL will be available to screen virtually from March 18-April 1. A link will be provided upon registration
Registration Available Soon
INHABITANTS: INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES ON RESTORING OUR WORLD
Costa Boutsikaris, Anna Palmer | USA | 2021 | English | 76 MIN
January 25 | Talkback at 7:00 PM via Zoom
INHABITANTS: INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES ON RESTORING OUR WORLD follows five Native American communities as they restore their traditional land management practices in the face of a changing climate.
Join us on January 25 at 7:00PM for a special discussion with Inhabitants directors Costa Boutsikaris and Anna Palmer, producer Ben-Alex Dupris, and Dr. Michael Johnson, Program Director of The Native American Agriculture Fund. The talkback will be moderated by Susan I. Frostén, who has been teaching architecture full time at Jefferson since 1996. Ms. Frostén’s funded and unfunded research is focused on sustainability, ecological design and technology, digital techniques, and integrative learning across the curriculum.
Sanjay Rawal | USA | 2020 | English | 74 MIN
November 16 | Talkback at 7:00 PM via Zoom // Screening options below
GATHER is an intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty, while battling the trauma of centuries of genocide.
Join us on November 16 at 7:00PM for a special discussion with Gather subjects Nephi Craig and Twila Cassamore, with moderator Rabiya Bower, MHSc, RD, LDN, Coordinator, MS in Nutrition & Dietetic Practice Program, Teaching Instructor, Jefferson College of Health Professions, Thomas Jefferson University.
MOSSVILLE: WHEN GREAT TREES FALL
Alexander Glustrom | USA | 2019 | English | 76 MIN
September 7 | 7:00 PM
Bluemle Life Sciences Building, Room 101, 233 S 10th Street
Mossville, Louisiana: A once-thriving community founded by formerly enslaved and free people of color, and an economically flourishing safe haven for generations of African American families. Today it’s a breeding ground for petrochemical plants and their toxic black clouds. Many residents are forced from their homes, and those that stay suffer from prolonged exposure to contamination and pollution. Amid this chaos and injustice stands one man who refuses to abandon his family’s land – and his community.
Following the screening, MOSSVILLE: WHEN GREAT TREES FALL director/editor Alexander Glustrom and producer Daniel Bennett will join us for a virtual conversation moderated by Denine Crittendon, MPH, PhD(c), Instructor, Master of Public Health Program, Jefferson College of Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University
Tickets currently available to Thomas Jefferson University students, faculty, and staff as well as PFS members. Tickets will be able to public Monday, August 30.