Jacksonville’s Longleaf Studios will host the third of six movie screenings Thursday as part of a Southern film circuit.
The documentary film, titled “Do Not Resist,” tackles the increased militarization of police as well as civil unrest brought about by police shootings.
The event will also include a discussion with a filmmaker and local law enforcement officials after the screening, according to Pete Conroy, president of the Northeast Alabama Entertainment Initiative
The initiative founded Longleaf Studios, a local incubator for filmmaking in the region, which for the second time is a partner for the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. The circuit, sponsored by the Atlanta-based nonprofit group South Arts, will showcase the work of 18 filmmakers at 21 venues across the South.
About 40 people came to an Oct. 12 screening of “Dalya’s Other Country,” a film documenting a teenage girl who moves from Syria to Los Angeles. Dalya struggles to balance a normal high school experience with the expectations of her parents, who have conservative Muslim ideals about gender roles. The film was also featured on “POV,” a documentary series on PBS.
Mustafa Rony Zeno, a co-producer of the film and brother to Dalya, said he and the film’s director, Julia Meltzer, were excited to be a part of the film circuit “because you get to really go and speak with people you otherwise don’t get a chance to interact with.”
Three remaining films will show at Longleaf on the following dates:
Feb. 15: “First Lady of the Revolution.” This movie chronicles the life of Henrietta Boggs, an Alabama woman who would marry the man who would become Costa Rica’s president and bring about major reforms to the country.
March 15: “Swim Team.” This film profiles a community swim team comprised of young men who are all on the autism spectrum. The team’s coach, Mike McQuay, is a graduate of Ohatchee High School.
April 5: “Bending the Arc” This documentary pays tribute to the doctors and activists who started a movement to reduce disparity in healthcare treatment across the world.
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