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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. 

Our February movie is "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"  Ma Raineys Black Bottom

 

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 

  1. 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.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. [1]  
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About Our Current Movie Selection

"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" is a 2020 American film directed by George C. Wolfe based on the 1982 play of the same name by August Wilson. Inspired by the career of Ma Rainey, an influential blues singer, the film dramatizes a turbulent recording session in 1927 when fiery, fearless Ma Rainey joins her band for a recording session

“This is a reclamation of Black music and culture as told through an array of distinct characters, crackling dialogue and sharp filmmaking.” (Aisha Harris, NPR)

"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" stars Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo, and Michael Potts. The film received universal acclaim - it was named as one of the ten best films of 2020 by the American Film Institute; received five nominations at the 93rd Academy Awards, including Best Actor and Best Actress; received eight Critics' Choice Movie Award nominations; and nine NAACP Image Award nominations.

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.

Movies Watched to Date
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MSU's Office for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion serves as a gateway to the many programs and services that promote and support all aspects of diversity and inclusion at MSU. Check out their website for events, programs, news and resources. 

1ABC Everyday, https://www.abc.net.au/everyday/benefits-of-watching-movies/10830400