3rd Friday Films for Spring 2018: Women Breaking Barriers
The Help (2011)
Friday, April 20 at 6:30 pm in the Bloom Room
This film series will focus on movies that celebrate the struggles and accomplishments of women in cultures dominated by patriarchy.
THE HELP, is a 2011 American period drama directed and written by Tate Taylor and features an acclaimed ensemble cast, including Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis (SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role), Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Octavia Spencer (Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role), Cicely Tyson and Emma Stone. It recounts the story of a young white woman and aspiring journalist, Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan, focusing on her relationship with two black maids during the Civil Rights Movement in 1963 Jackson, Mississippi. In an attempt to become a legitimate journalist and writer, Skeeter writes a book from the point of view of the maids—referred to as "the help"— exposing the racism these women deal with on a regular basis. “A deeply touching human story filled with humor and heartbreak is rare in any movie season, especially summer. That's what makes The Help an exhilarating gift.” —Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Please join us for this series in the Bloom Room on the third Friday of each month in March, April and May. Each film presentation will be followed by a discussion. No charge.
Karen Borek and Jim Franks are the hosts for this film series. Jim is a long time film aficionado who thoroughly enjoys the genres of historical drama, social change, relationship development and science fiction. Karen enjoys film as a lens into the human condition and into worldviews differing from hers. She has followed film more closely since her son-in-law became an Oscar-nominated documentarian in ’08.