The RU community is invited to join the students of Prof. Mike Bryson’s SUST 210 The Sustainable Future class for two Tuesday film screenings on contemporary environmental justice issues. Both films will be shown in room 704 at RU’s Schaumburg Campus.
Tuesday, April 2nd, 4:30-6pm — Scrappers
Scrappers is a cinema verité-style documentary from 2010 that follows the ups and downs of two Chicago scrap-men, Oscar and Otis, as they scrape a living from the streets and alleyways of the city by collecting metal and selling it to recyclers. An honest and revealing look at how street-level recyclers try to support their families in an economically volatile and physically dangerous trade. (Check out the film’s website and this review by Roger Ebert.)
Tuesday, April 16th, 5:00-6pm — SoLa: Louisiana Water Stories
SoLa is a visually beautiful 2010 documentary by Jon Bowermaster that depicts the rich and complex relationship between people and water on Louisana’s Gulf Coast, an area rich in culture, biodiversity, and oil. The film explores the many dimensions of environmental justice in a landscape of water, marshland, and petroleum infrastructure — a place that is simultaneously a mega-industrial landscape of refineries and pipelines, an endangered fishery, and an ecological treasure that is fast disappearing under the process of relentless development.
RSVP for either film by emailing Prof. Mike Bryson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or calling 847-619-8735.