Film Series

Davis Center Film Series


My Brother the Devil

Starring: James Floyd, Fady Elsayed

Two teenage brothers must face their prejudices head on if they are to survive the perils of being young, British Arabs on the streets of gangland London.

  • Director: Sally El Hosaini
  • Runtime: 1 hour 51 minutes
  • Genre: Drama


Farewell to Factory Towns

Introduction by filmmaker Maynard Seider. Film followed by a panel discussion with Stewart Burns, state representative Gail Cariddi, and North Adams activist Dick Dassatti.

With a focus on North Adams, Massachusetts, Farewell to Factory Towns explores de-industrialization in cities across the United States. In the 1970s factory towns from Youngstown to Buffalo to North Adams were hit with factory closings and massive unemployment, government policy moved to the right and Federal and state economic and social programs, like AFDC, were cut back or ended. What were factory towns to do? Where would help come from? If not from government programs, then from where?

  • Director: Maynard Seider
  • Genre: Documentary

Join us for this locally made documentary about North Adams! Director Maynard Seider will have a Q&A after the film. Free Admission.



Followed by a Q&A with Williams College professor Scott Wong

Papers is the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status.

There are approximately 2 million undocumented children who were born outside the U.S. and raised in this country. These are young people who were educated in American schools, hold American values, know only the U.S. as home and who, upon high school graduation, find the door to their future slammed shut.

65,000 undocumented students graduate every year from high school without “papers.”

It is against the law to work or drive. It is difficult, if not impossible in some states, to attend college. They live at risk of arrest, detention and deportation to countries they may not even remember. Currently, there is no path to citizenship for these young people.

  • Director: Anne Galisky
  • Runtime: 1 hour 28
  • Genre: Documentary


Broken On All Sides

The documentary centers around the theory put for­ward by many, and most recently by Michelle Alexander (who appears in the movie), that mass incarceration has become "The New Jim Crow." That is, since the rise of the drug war and the explosion of the prison population, and because discretion within the sys­tem allows for arrest and prosecution of people of color at alarmingly higher rates than whites, pris­ons and criminal penal­ties have become a new ver­sion of Jim Crow. Much of the discrimination that was legal in the Jim Crow era is today illegal when applied to black people but perfectly legal when applied to "criminals." The prob­lem is that through subjective choices, people of color have been tar­geted at significantly higher rates for stops, searches, arrests, prosecution, and harsher sentences. So, where does this leave criminal justice? Through inter­views with people on many sides of the criminal justice system, this documentary aims to answer questions and provoke questions on an issue walled-off from the public's scrutiny.

  • Director: Matthew Pil­lis­cher

“Broken On All Sides is a compelling documentary addressing racial inequities within our criminal justice system and its devastating collateral consequences.”

– James E. Williams, Jr.


Biracial Not Black Damn It!

Biracial in America is the fastest growing population under 18, to self identify has become the message dictated by this new young generation that is proud of being all that they are, not excluding any parts.


United in Anger: A History of ACT UP

United in Anger: A History of ACT UP is an inspiring documentary about the birth and life of the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of the people in the trenches fighting the epidemic. Utilizing oral histories of members of ACT UP, as well as rare archival footage, the film depicts the efforts of ACT UP as it battles corporate greed, social indifference, and government neglect.

  • Director: Jim Hubbard
  • Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary


Mountains That Take Wing: A Conversation on Life, Struggle & Liberation

Internationally renowned scholar, professor and writer Angela Davis and 89-year-old grassroots organizer and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Yuri Kochiyama have spent over a decade conversing intimately about personal histories and influences that shaped them and their overlapping experiences.

MOUNTAINS THAT TAKE WING offers the gift of these two remarkable women's lives, sharing the pair's recorded exchanges in 1996 and 2008. The film's unique format honors the scope and depth of their knowledge on topics ranging from Jim Crow laws and Japanese American internment camps, to Civil Rights, anti-war, women's and gay liberation movements, to today's campaigns for political prisoners and prison reform. Intercut with compelling period footage, Davis and Kochiyama's cogent observations, keen analyses, and steadfast resolve to create a more equitable, humane world offer inspiring lessons in empowerment and community building for current and future generations.

  • Director: C.A. Griffith & H.L.T. Quan
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

Sponsored by the Davis Center, as part of the Social Change Film Series.