John Sayles - Film Series

Sponsored by the Nicholas School of the Environment, the Center for Documentary Studies, and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image.

Free and open to the public. For more information about contact

Tuesday, April 10

6 pm: Light Reception

6:30 pm: Screening of Matewan
Introduced by Charlie Thompson, undergraduate studies director at the Center for Documentary Studies and lecturer in cultural anthropology. Q&A to follow.

(John Sayles, 1987, 135 min, USA, in English, Color, DVD)

A beautifully crafted film, rich in period detail, which sheds light on one of many incidents during the long saga of unionizing the West Virginia mines during the early 1900s. Chris Cooper plays a labor union organizer who comes to an embattled mining community brutally and violently dominated and harassed by the mining company.

CDS Auditorium, Center for Documentary Studies
Lyndhurst House
1317 W. Pettigrew Street
Durham, NC 27705

Wednesday, April 11

6:30 pm: Light reception

7 pm: Screening of Sunshine State
Introduced by Erin Espelie, filmmaker, writer, editor and visiting lecturer at Duke. Q&A to follow.

Sunshine State
(John Sayles, 2002, 141 min, USA, in English, Color, DVD)
An edgy, thought-provoking, wonderfully novelistic portrait of New Millennium life. Set on an island off the Florida coast, SUNSHINE STATE is the story of a traditional community -- half white, half black -- that's endangered by a multinational corporation trying to buy up the best beach-front property for a luxury resort development. The vast tapestry of characters branch off two well-entrenched, middle-class families -- the Temples (white) and the Stokes (black) -- and the protagonists are the families' troubled grown daughters, Marly (Edie Falco) and Desiree (Angela Bassett). While most films these days are about nothing, this film seems to be about everything that's plaguing the human spirit in a relentlessly globalizing world.

Love Auditorium, Levine Science Research Center
Research Drive, Duke West Campus

Wednesday, April 18

6:30 pm: Light reception

7 pm: Screening of Amigo
Introduced by Marty Smith, Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy at Duke. Q&A to follow.

(John Sayles, 2010, 128 min, USA, in English, Color, 35mm)
A powerful drama of friendship, betrayal and heartbreaking violence amid the untold history of the Philippine-American War. Village mayor Rafael is caught in the crossfire between arriving American officers who demand help hunting for Filipino guerilla fighters and his brother, the head of the local guerillas. The fate of a nation unfolds in this lucid, compelling portrait of occupation.

Griffith Film Theater, Bryan University Center
Science Drive, Duke West Campus

Co-sponsored by 

Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

Screen Society

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