Film Series

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

All films are screened in Page Hall Auditorium, UAlbany Downtown Campus, 135 Western Avenue.

Spring 2017 Film Series


SACCO AND VANZETTI
Friday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Film screening with commentary by director Peter Miller and film editor Amy Linton

This documentary, winner of the American Historical Association’s best film award, tells the story of two Italian politically radical immigrants charged with the 1920 robbery of a Massachusetts shoe factory and the murder of two of its employees. As it recounts their trials, public protests, and appeals on their behalf the film offers insights into present-day issues of civil liberties and immigrant rights. Ken Burns called it “A wonderful film, as timeless as the struggle for human justice, as relevant as today’s headlines.”


THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION
Friday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m.
Film screening with commentary by director Stanley Nelson and producer Marcia Smith

This feature length documentary explores the remarkable history of the Black Panther Party, its formation and ultimate downfall, and its cultural and political significance to the broader American culture. Nikki Baughan of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, called the film “Compelling and incisive,” and said, “The most shocking aspect…is how painfully relevant its message still is.” The film premiered at Sundance, aired on PBS, and received awards for Best Documentary from the Image Awards and the National Board of Review.