Spartan Social Justice Movie Club
The Spartan Social Justice Movie Club encourages alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends to virtually connect with each other and discuss movies that matter related to social justice, history and societal issues. Participation in the online forum is free and all movie selections are available to stream on Netflix and/or Amazon Prime Video or may be available to borrow from your local library. The movie club discusses a new film every month. You can join at any time and do not have to participate in every viewing session.
How It Works
There are no meetings of the Spartan Social Justice Movie Club — you can participate at your convenience and from anywhere you have internet access.
- The movie club is entirely online and connects through a private forum moderated by PBC Guru.
- All discussions and networking take place in the forum.
- The moderator poses questions to the group, shares relevant articles and facilitates conversation on related topics. Generally, you’ll receive a weekly email from the moderator throughout the viewing period.
- Members are encouraged to post in the forum and share as well.
- Participation in the online forum is free and all movie selections are available to stream on Netflix and/or Amazon Prime Video. Depending on your subscription service, the movie may have a small rental cost. The movie may also be available to borrow from your local library.
- There is a new movie every month selected by PBC Guru.
- You do not have to participate in every viewing session and your level of participation in the discussion is entirely up to you.
Even if you’ve already seen the featured movie, you’re still encouraged to participate by contributing to the conversation — one of the most valuable aspects of the movie club is the opportunity for discussion with the Spartan community on important topics.
Benefits of Participation
- Connect with fellow Spartans. The Spartan Social Justice Movie Club introduces you to MSU alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends from various backgrounds, geographies, generations and professions. Meet new people and gain different perspectives while watching and discussing the movie.
- Embrace lifelong learning and watch movies that matter. The Spartan Social Justice Movie Club exposes you to impactful and important movies. The group watches a variety of movies ranging from independent films, to documentaries and larger studio productions. Through the film discussions, club members gain fresh insights and learn from one another.
- Experience the power of film. Movies allow us to experience different cultures, narratives and ways of life which can enhance our own lives. Films can also help us learn, drive social change and help us process difficult life lessons. 
2022 Viewing Schedule
- Jan 1-31: "Worth" and "The Report"
- Feb. 1 - 28: "13th"
- March 1 - 31: “Burning,” “Hidden Figures,” “Radium Girls” and “There’s Something in the Water”
- April 1 - 30: "Gather"
- May 1 - 31: "Children of Invention" and "Tigertail"
- June 1 - 30: "A Secret Love" and "Passing"
About Our Current Movie Selections
“Children of Invention” is the story of two young children living outside Boston that are left to fend for themselves when their mother gets embroiled in a pyramid scheme and disappears. Written and directed by Tze Chun, “’Children of Invention’ derives its beauty from its casually obsessed dwelling on the minutia of dreaming when you're down and out.” (Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine)
The film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, screened at more than 50 film festivals, and won 17 festival awards including eight Grand Jury or Best Narrative Feature prizes.
Check out the official film site.
In “Tigertail,” a man reflects on the lost love of his youth and his long-ago journey from Taiwan to America as he begins to reconnect with his estranged daughter. This drama is written and directed by Alan Yang. “Yang's drama taps into the personal connotations of the immigrant experience by burrowing inside it, evoking the excitement of new opportunities in tandem with the cold reality that bubbles up in their wake.” (Eric Kohn, Indie Wire)
Spartan Social Justice Movie Club Online Forum Tips
For members that are newer to the online forum, check out the Tips and Tricks to Help With Navigating This Forum for assistance navigating and interacting in the forum.
Are You a Spartan in the Film Industry
We’d like to hear from you. We're compiling a list of Spartans in the film industry to share with the Spartan nation. Writer, director, producer, costumer, special effects, actor, etc.? To share your information, email Elizabeth Wheeler.
In fairness to all Spartans in the film industry, please understand that we currently do not plan to feature any Spartan films as a movie club selection.
2021 Movies Watched
- June 1-30: "Fruitvale Station"
- July 1-31: "I Am Not Your Negro"
- Aug. 1-31: "The Trial of the Chicago 7"
- Sept 1-30: "Roma"
- Oct. 1-31: "American Factory"
- Nov. 1-30: "Indian Horse"
- Dec. 1-31: "The Social Dilemma"
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