Documentary Films in the Library this fall

We’ll be showing two great films in September and October. The programs are free and include an introduction to the film by Hollins faculty, and a reception after the film. Please join us!

Out at workOut at Work 
a film by Tami Gold and Kelly Anderson.
Sunday, September 30 at 2 p.m.

Introduction by Professor Michelle Abate

In 1992, Cracker Barrel cook Cheryl Summerville received a pink slip for “failing to demonstrate normal heterosexual values.” She was shocked to discover that this type of dismissal was legal in more than 40 American states. OUT chronicles  three stories of people who have sought workplace safety, job security and benefits for gay and lesbian workers. Cine Golden Eagle Award ; GLAAD Award, Outstanding Documentary of the Year ; Gold Plaque, Chicago International Film Festival ; Golden Apple Award.

“Filled with humor, insight and moving fervor, OUT AT WORK offers a stirring experience for all of us. “ – Robert Hawk, Sundance Film Festival

esequiel hernandez nephewThe Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez
a film by Kieran Fitzgerald
Sunday, October 7 at 2 p.m.

Introduction by Professor Jon Bohland

In 1997, U.S. Marines patrolling the Texas-Mexico border shot and killed 18-year-old Esequiel Hernández Jr., a U.S. citizen who was out herding goats. Ballad explores Hernandez’s tragic death, and the consequences of militarizing the border.  Best Film, Human Rights Category, Mexico City International Film Festival ; Emmy Award nomination for outstanding investigative journalism.

“A chilling tale of collateral damage in the American government’s war on drugs.” — Glenn Garvin, Miami Herald

“…offers an urgent contribution to the raging debate over the physical and psychological divides separating the U.S. from its neighbor to the south.” – Scott Foundas, LA Weekly

For more information, contact Outreach Librarian Maryke Barber at 540-362-6328 or The “Now at the Library” documentary film series is sponsored by the Library, by Student Activities, and by the Film Department. Photo credit: Nephew with Photo of Esequiel, courtesy of Heyoka Pictures