Southern Culture Movie Series Announces Spring 2015 Screenings

January 16, 2015
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Learn about the diverse culture of the American South through free film screenings at the Southern Culture Movie Series.

The Southern Culture Movie Series seeks to further introduce international students and scholars to local history and culture. All films are open to the general public.

The series begins January 29 and continues through April 16. Screenings will be held at 6 p.m. in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium at the FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill. Screenings are followed by a facilitated discussion and refreshments.

The Spring 2015 lineup includes:

Jan. 29 | Cedars in the Pines: The Lebanese in North Carolina (2012, 56 min.)

Cedars in the Pines represents the first in a series of cultural projects undertaken by the Khayrallah Program for Lebanese-American Studies to research, document, preserve and publicize the history of the Lebanese-American community in North Carolina. This documentary weaves an intimate narrative of immigration, family and memory.

Feb. 19 | deepsouth (2012, 72 min.)

deepsouth is a documentary about the rural American South and the people who inhabit its most quiet corners. The documentary follows four Americans attempting to redefine traditional Southern values to create their own solutions to survive amidst layers of history, poverty and now-soaring HIV infections.

March 20 | Miss Nancy Minds Their Manners (2010, 53 min.)

Miss Nancy Minds Their Manners follows 79-year-old “Miss Nancy” Rascoe through the engaging task of teaching manners to children in her 200-hundred-year-old home in rural Hertford, North Carolina. It’s a summer camp like no other filled with activities rich with Miss Nancy’s southern gentility and grace from an era gone by.

April 16 | Homegoings (2013, 51 min.)

Filmed at Owens Funeral Home in New York City’s historic Harlem neighborhood, Homegoings takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community. Combining cinéma vérité with intimate interviews and archival photographs, the film paints a portrait of the dearly departed, their grieving families and the undertaker Isaiah Owens.

The Southern Culture Movie Series is organized by the Writing Center, International Student and Scholar Services, Media Resources Center and Center for Global Initiatives. For a complete list of the films in this series, previews and updated information, visit the Writing Center’s website.

Event contact: Becky Butler, ESL specialist, Writing Center,, 919.843.6532

Media contact: Katie Bowler Young, director of global relations, UNC Global,, 919.962.4504