Sociology Film Fest Runs Again

Posted on October 30, 2010 by


By Kelly Harder

Managing Editor

On October 4, the Worcester State Sociology Department hosted the second installment of a continuous Film Festival that began in the spring of 2010.  The Festival features documentaries and creative films about various subjects related to sociology.

The first film for the Fall 2010 semester was Pieces of April, which tells the story of a young woman having to rely on the kindness of strangers in order to create a perfect Thanksgiving memory.  The second installment in the series of films, The Letter, documents rallies that took place in 2003 because of a letter sent by the Mayor of Lewiston, Maine concerning the immigration of Somali refugees.  Kitchen Stories, the third film shown, was about an unlikely friendship between a Swedish researcher and a Norwegian farmer.

The next film, In America, to be shown on Wednesday, November 10, tells the emotional story of an Irish family’s move to America in search of a better life.   The final film in the fall series is a story about people in crisis.  It is titled Rails and Ties, and it will be presented on Thursday, December 2.  Each film that will be shown this semester was made fairly recently.  After the showing of each movie, there is a discussion held where the audience is welcome to interact with other attendees.

Dr. Matthew Johnsen, the Sociology Department Chair, spoke fondly of the program.  He said the Festival is meant to generate an atmosphere that will bring the subject of Sociology and community members together, helping people understand other cultures and social movements.

“The messages among the films are about reaching beyond narrow boundaries and narrow definitions and embracing diversity,” said Johnsen

A Sociology Film Festival for the Spring semester is already in the works.  Worcester State students can expect the Festival to be around for awhile.


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