Film and Speaker Series

Films presented in the UHCL Film and Speaker Series not only provide entertainment, but also address relevant issues in the world today. Speakers have expertise in at least one of the issues raised by the movie.

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Spring 2018 Films

  January 20 - Loving Vincent

Loving Vincent film poster

Loving Vincent (PG-13)

Saturday January 20, 2018
7 p.m., SSCB Lecture Hall
Speaker: Jeff Bowen, Director, UHCL Art Gallery

Free with UHCL Student ID. All others, $4.
Free parking.
YouTube trailer

Loving Vincent is an animated biographical drama film about the life of painter Vincent van Gogh. It is the first fully painted animated feature film.  Each of the film's 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of 125 painters. It was awarded Best Animated Feature Film Award at the 30th European Film Awards in  Berlin. Join the discussion on how this film was made.

  January 27 - Marshall

MarshallMarshall (PG-13)

Saturday, January 27, 2018
7 p.m., SSCB Lecture Hall
Speaker: Comeka Anderson Díaz, Program Chair - Public Service Leadership, UHCL College of Human Sciences and Humanities

Free with UHCL Student ID. All others, $4.
Free parking.
YouTube trailer

Based on the early life of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American to serve on the Supreme Court, Marshall also provides a glimpse of life in a segregated America. In a tight, courtroom drama, Marshall defends a black man accused of killing a white employer, the case which lead to the establishment of the  NAACP legal Defense and Educational Fund. 

  February 3 - Dolores

Dolores film posterDolores (NR)

Saturday, February 3, 2018
7 p.m., SSCB Lecture Hall
Speaker: Dr. Christina Cedillo

Free admission.
Free parking.
RottenTomatoes trailer

Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized.

Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century - and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change.  

  February 17 - The Breadwinner

film poster The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner (PG-13)

Saturday, February 17, 2018
7 p.m., SSCB Lecture Hall
Speaker: Maria F. Curtis, PhD

Free with UHCL Student ID. All others, $4.
Free parking.
YouTube trailer

A courageous and unsparingly realistic depiction of life under the rule of religious fundamentalists, The Breadwinner is an inspirational film that celebrates female empowerment. An 11 year old Afghani girl cuts her hair and wears boys clothing in order to work to support her family, after her father is wrongfully arrested.

  February 24 - Coco

coco film posterCoco (PG)

Saturday, February 24, 2018
3 p.m., SSCB Lecture Hall
6 p.m., SSCB Lecture Hall

Free to groups with any UHCL ID. All others, $4.
Free parking.
RottenTomatoes trailer

The visually captivating animation in Coco is matched by the its focus on the importance of family, ancestors and culture.

Miguel dreams of being a musician, like his long lost father. Against his family's wishes, Miguel plans to enter a music contest. He ends up in another realm, the Land of the Dead, providing a metaphysical slant while maintaining respect for Mexican culture

  March 3 - The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water poster

The Shape of Water (R)

Saturday, March 3, 2018
7 p.m., SSCB Lecture Hall
Speaker: Stephen Cherry, Ph.D.

Free with UHCL ID. All others, $4.
Free parking.
RottenTomatoes trailer

An amazing film that won numerous Golden Globes in several categories. An otherworldly drama, bathed in nostalgic mid-century style, set against the backdrop of the Cold War-era America circa 1962, will win your heart and mind. Trapped in a life of isolation and loneliness,  Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment. 

  March 24 - The Post

The Post film poster

The Post (PG-13)

Saturday, March 24, 2018
7 p.m., SSCB Lecture Hall
Panel Discussion: 
 - Diana Bowen PhD
 - Brandon Peña,  Managing Editor, The Signal

Free with UHCL Student ID. All others, $4.
Free parking.
RottenTomatoes trailer

The Post is a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post's Katharine Graham the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee as they expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents and help bring long-buried truths to light. --rotten tomatoes

In an era in which journalistic outlets are increasingly accused of delivering "fake news," this film is a reminder that few things are as precious - and vital - as the truth. - St. Louis Dispatch

  April 14 - The Mask You Live In

the mask you live in film poster

The Mask You Live In

Saturday, April 14, 2018
SSCB Lecture Hall 6:00 p.m.

Presented in partnership with Bay Area Turning Point (BAPT) 

Free admission.
Free parking.
RottenTomatoes trailer

BAPT Panel: 

  • Carrie Enriquez, Advocacy Manager
  • Shannon Nevol, Primary Prevention Coordinator
  • Corey Phillips, Grants and Compliance Manager

The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, boys confront  gender stereotypes, which are interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.


  April 28 - Hostiles

Hostiles film poster

Hostiles (R)

Saturday, April 28
SSCB Lecture Hall 7:00 p.m.
Speaker: William Powers, PhD

Free with UHCL Student ID. All others, $4.00
Free parking.
RottenTomatoes trailer

Hostiles is a thoughtful and complex Western that evokes the spirit of the genre while having a modern conversation about the cost of brutalizing those not like us. Set during the waning days of the American Indian Wars, it is a start at confronting the United States' violent, blood-soaked legacy. The striking cinematography enhances the stellar performances of Christian Bale and Rosemund Pike.

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