Intersections Film Series
Hosted by the Sustainability Institute at Penn State
Intersections. A sustainable world is one of intersections–between sustainable development goals like gender equity and climate change and between the fields of study that approach these issues, from engineering to sociology to visual arts. Penn State’s Sustainability Institute offers two series of films under this theme that invite you to engage with these intersections in sustainability.
Landscapes of Labor — Work is one of the defining properties of humanity. Our work gives us sustenance, gives us purpose, and gives us dignity. Except when it doesn’t. History is littered with examples of workers being exploited and pitted against each other. But if we want a sustainable future, we must develop modern economies that protect the rights of workers to work safely in jobs that provide sustainable wages for honest work for all.
Landscapes of Labor explores the intersections between workers’ rights and sustainability with a host of social issues from racial justice to immigration to LGBTQ equality. Highlighting powerful stories of individuals and groups challenging the status quo, these films set the stage for important conversations about who we will be as a society.
Limits of the Imagination — How far can our imagination take us? When we’re on a roll, our minds develop vivid new ideas and alternatives that may appear farfetched yet offer exciting possibilities to explore. But sometimes we confront limits to our imagination–“wicked” problems like climate change, poverty, and social inequality whose complexity, feedbacks, and intersecting scales of space and time challenge our comprehension and ability to envision solutions. Sometimes, too, we confront realms of personal and social life where our capacity for empathy or fortitude seems bounded.
Limits of the Imagination explores these challenges through diverse, powerful stories of overcoming limits and changing perspectives on the complex intersections of people, society, and planetary systems. Incredible people, every day, face questions about their future, safety, survival, and identity. Despite adversity, they see possibilities, not limits. From adversity, they take action. Join us, as we explore limits to sustainability and whether these limits may, in fact, be imaginary! A complete list of films is below.
Intersections Series Schedules
In 2019-20, the Limits of the Imagination film series runs monthly at different locations around State College and Penn State University Park. The Landscapes of Labor film series will screen once each semester on the Penn State University Park campus. All films are free and open to the public. All films are shown unrated. With most films, there will be a facilitated post-film discussion for all who are interested. A complete pdf schedule of the series is available here.
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, 7 p.m., The State Theatre
Cooked: Survival by Zip Code (2018, Judith Helfand, 76 min., Filmmaker will be in attendance.)
Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2020, 7 p.m., HUB 132 Flex Theatre
American Factory (2019, Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, 115 min.)
Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2020, 7 p.m., 3 Dots Downtown Gallery
Art, Society & Place: An Evening of Shorts (~90 min.)
Thursday, Mar. 26, 2020, 7 p.m., TBD
9 to 5 (Work-in-progress screening, Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, ~90 min.)
Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2020, 7 p.m., HUB 132 Flex Theatre
Youth Unstoppable (2018, Slater Jewell-Kemker, 91 min.)
Wednesday, Apr. 22, 2020, 7 p.m., HUB 132 Flex Theatre
Woman at War (2018, Benedikt Erlingsson, 101 min.)