Beasts of the Southern Wild (dir. Benh Zeitlin, 2012) is narrated by a spunky six-year-old named Hushpuppy who lives with her father, Wink, in a proudly self-reliant Louisiana bayou community called The Bathtub. When their home is threatened by natural disaster and Wink’s health rapidly declines, Hushpuppy sets off on a journey to find her mother and figure out the order of the universe. Beasts, often dubbed a “fantasy drama” film, plays off the mystique of “Southern” storytelling, blurring the traditional boundaries fact and fiction—especially as its plot points, including environmental violence and the tensions between small communities and large bureaucracies, mirror very real events of the recent past on a local and global scale.
The film will begin at 7:00pm in the Griffith Film Theater in Duke University’s Bryan Center, followed by a Q&A session with faculty. *Note: the date for this film has changed to Monday, April 14 from Tuesday, April 15.
The screenings are free and open to the public. Refreshments and free parking passes provided. Please park in the parking deck by the Bryan Center. You will be given a pass to submit to the attendant upon leaving the event.
The theme of this year’s series is The South: Navigating the Past, Carving out a Future. Each spring, the Kenan Institute for Ethics sponsors a film series in collaboration with Duke’s Screen/Society, the Center for Documentary Studies, and the Arts of the Moving Image Program. The films provide popular and accessible vehicles for talking about ethics around a particular theme, and each series as a whole offers rich opportunities for debate and discussion on ethical issues for audiences from both the Duke and Durham communities.