Reel Economics: Exploring Economic Structures Behind Good Films
By Jonathan Jenner
This fall, the Center for Popular Economics will host the inaugural ‘Reel Economics’ film series. The series will screen six award-winning independent films, and then host a discussion on the political economy of the topics explored in that film. All films will be free and open to the public, and screened at the Unitarian Universalist Community of Amherst.
The series will kick off on Wednesday, September 14th at 7pm with Ava DuVernay’s groundbreaking Middle of Nowhere. After the film, John Jay professor (and CPE member) Geert Dhondt will give a short talk titled ‘Mass Incarceration in the Neoliberal Era,’ with time for informal discussion and questions from the audience. Dhondt’s talk will explore the political-economic structures that have led to the quadrupling of the US prison population 1980 to 2008 (from half a million to 2.3 million people), and why this growth has been targeted at black and brown people. Dhondt has spoken and written widely about the political economy of race, crime and justice.
The series will continue through the fall. With the screening of each film, we’ll publish materials related to our talks online, and we’ll publish previews of films and commentary here. Stay tuned, and check our flyer below for films and screening times: