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Southern Culture Movie Series: ‘The Chance to Live’ (2018), ‘Santuario’ (2018) and ‘I, Destini’ (2016)

May 30, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Chance to Live (2018, 30 min.), which explores a day in the life of a Triangle Area family who sought asylum from violence in Colombia, is the first installment of the Triangle Refugee Film Project.

Santuario (2018, 30 min.) tells the story of Juana Luz Tobar Ortega, who, in April 2017, was told without warning that she had 30 days to leave the country or be deported. Instead, she entered sanctuary at St. Barnabas Episcopal in Greensboro, North Carolina. This film is a story about radical faith, one family’s fight to stay together and the true meaning of church in today’s immigration climate.

Delicately animated in black and white, Destini Riley’s affecting account of the impact of the prison-industrial complex on African American families like her own was submitted as evidence in her brother’s trial (2016, 14 min.).

Discussion will be facilitated by a panel of experts following the films. Refreshments will be served.

These films are being held in conjunction with the Royster Global Conference on Borders.

This film series, which takes place each summer, is designed to be an entertaining and critical introduction to the American South, and most films are accompanied by commentary from a topical expert. While intended especially for international students and scholars, the series is open to everyone.


May 30, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium
301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States


Writing Center
(919) 962-7710
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