Ethics @ the Movies


a fresh new approach to ethical discussion.

The first Tuesday or Wednesday of each month we will gather to WATCH a thought provoking film, DISCUSS the themes/ethical issues which emerge from the film, CONNECT with local community organizations actively involved in addressing these issues and/or with writers, directors, actors, subjects of the films.

The Center for Ethics has welcomed Dan Keplinger, Regina Kelly, and Judith Helfand.

Dan Keplinger was the subject and writer of the 2000 Oscar winning documentary King Gimp.  Susan Hadary and Bill Whiteford produced both of these documentaries.  Video Press, University of Maryland distributes it to schools and professional training programs.  KING GIMP was featured on HBO.  In addition to the OSCAR, it has also won the Peabody Award and was nominated for a national Emmy.

American Violet is based on the life of Regina Kelly, a victim of Texas police drug enforcement tactics.  It is a 2009 drama directed by Tim Disney and starring Nicole Beharie.  One day, while Dee (Nicole Beharie) is working a shift at the local diner, the powerful local district attorney (Michael O'Keefe) leads a drug bust, sweeping Dee's housing project. Police drag Dee from work in handcuffs, dumping her in the women's county prison. Indicted based on the uncorroborated word of a single and dubious police informant facing his own drug charges, Dee soon discovers she has been charged as a drug dealer.

In 1963, filmmaker Judith Helfand's mother was prescribed the drug diethylstilbestrol (DES), meant to prevent miscarriage and ensure a healthy baby.  But technology is rarely a benign midwife.  In 1990, at age twenty-five, Helfand was diagnosed with DES-related cervical cancer.  She went home to her family to heal from a radical hysterectomy.  There she picked up her camera.  Her video diary, A Healthy Baby Girl, was shot over five years and goes beyond loss to document mother-daughter love, family renewal, survival, political awakening, and community activism.


Past  Screenings:

The 2009-2010 Ethics @ the Movies series focuses on Women in Film. All movies shown will be produced, written by, and/or about women.

March 2, 2010 – My Sister’s Keeper
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Center for Ethics Commons 102

My Sister's Keeper

April 6, 2010 – A Healthy Baby Girl


Past Screenings:

February 2, 2010 - Women in War Zones: Sexual Violence in the Congo
Partnership with V-Day Atlanta
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Center for Ethics Commons 102

Woman in War Zones

December 21, 2009 – Mothers of a Nation
Documentary Film & Photography by Ansley West: Screening of the film and Meet & Greet with artist, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

November 10, 2009 – Touch the Sound
      - Disability & the Arts Collaboration w/Rosemary Garland Thompson

touch the sound

October 6, 2009 – Frozen River

Frozen River

September 15, 2009 – American Violet

American Violet

April 7, 2009 –Slumdog Millionaire


March 3, 2009 –Yesterday


February 10, 2009 – American History X
American History X

December 2, 2008 – King Gimp

king gimp

November 4, 2008 – Once Were Warriors


October 7, 2008 –Born into Brothels