Screening with director Godfrey Cheshire
Moving Midway (2007) follows New York film critic Godfrey Cheshire home to North Carolina upon his learning of his cousin Charlie Silver’s plans to uproot and move Midway Plantation, an antebellum manor home held in his family (the Hintons) for generations, in the face of Raleigh’s urban sprawl. To Cheshire and Silver’s surprise, the move uncovers an African-American branch of the Hinton family, descended from Midway’s slaveowning past. The film simultaneously charts Charlie’s efforts to move Midway and the discussions between both Hinton families about what a plantation—and by extension Southern cultural, political, and racial geography—means in the “New South.”
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 the film’s director, Godfrey Cheshire.
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.