Film “The Help” Presented During Family Weekend 2011

Posted on 10/12/2011 3:40:17 PM

In honor of Family Weekend 2011, a special Micheaux Film showing of The Help will occur on October 27–29.

The Help is a current film that involves “a story of divisions, mostly in terms of race, but also, of divisions in regards to class and of gender, and not just abuse against African American maids in the 60s-era of Mississippi.” The film reminds us “of how far we’ve come, how far we still have to go, and how even with a meager attempt to reach out, any slight intention to create a community among all people indicates that there is hope for a better world.” Besides being “a “family-friendly, Walt Disney version of what went on in places like Jackson, Mississippi during the turbulent sixties civil-rights era, elevated by a trio of strong performances by several actresses playing the maids,” The Help is an entertaining film which also suggests that “higher stakes are at play and makes the film worth watching.” Its message “ vital to our humanity.”

Showings of The Help will occur over three days as follows:

  • Thursday, October 27, 7:00 p.m., G5 Delaney Hall
  • Friday, October 28, 5:00 p.m., Pratt Auditorium
  • Saturday, October 29, 3:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., Eberly College of Business Auditorium

Admission is free and open to the public. Further information can be obtained from the AACC at 724-357-2455.

The Help is presented by the African American Cultural Center in conjunction with IUP Black Student League.