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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. 

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

Based on a true story, “Fruitvale Station” dramatizes the last 24 hours of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family and strangers on the last day of 2008. Passionate and powerfully acted, 'Fruitvale Station' serves as a celebration of life, a condemnation of death and a triumph for star Michael B. Jordan.” (Rotten Tomatoes) 

“Fruitvale Station” was written and directed by Ryan Coogler and stars Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Kevin Duran, Chad Michael Murray, Ahna O’Reilly and Octavia Spencer. “Fruitvale Station” won both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  

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