This film series was developed by the Themester advisory committee from suggestions from faculty teaching Themester classes. Each film complements multiple Themester courses.
These films are free and open to the public, but require a ticket. Tickets are available in advance in advance at IU Auditorium's Box Office or IU Cinema 30 minutes prior to the scheduled screening. Tickets are also available online for a modest ticketing fee.
Fall 2017 Themester Film Series
Dear White People (2014)
Monday, August 28, 7:00 pm
This campus comedy acts a magnifying glass to the world outside the classroom, sparking a conversation about race, sex and privilege in the racial consciousness of the Obama Era. Following four African-American students at an Ivier-than-Ivy League university, director Justin Simien navigates hot-button issues of race and warring identities. Free, but ticketed. (108 min. Rated R.)
District 9 (2009)
Monday, September 18, 7:00 pm
After almost three decades stranded on Earth near Johannesburg, South Africa, a hated and exploited extraterrestrial refugee population is forcibly evicted from one militarized camp to be moved to another by the munitions corporation that has a stake in alien technology. While one alien makes a desperate attempt to return home, a hapless middle manager in charge of the evacuation gets a hard lesson in humanity. Free, but ticketed. (112 min. Rated R)
To Be Takei
Tuesday, September 19, 3:00 pm
This brisk, humorous, and sometimes poignant documentary presents a wide-ranging portrait of the jovial actor and activist George Takei, who spent four years of his childhood imprisoned in a U.S. internment camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II, starred in the ground-breaking role of Mr. Sulu in the original Star Trek series, and jumped out of the closet in 2005. Free, but ticketed. George Takei is scheduled to appear for a post-film Q&A. (94 min. Not Rated.)
Sunday, October 22, 6:30 pm
This period film, inspired by a landmark Supreme Court case, focuses on Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple living in segregated, 1950s Virginia, a state where miscegenation was still illegal. Critics hailed the Loving story as a quotidian, quiet love story that illustrates the American experience.