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Black Male Initiative Critical Lens Series

Brought to you by Southern Illinois University’s Center for Inclusive Excellence, The Black Male Initiative (BMI), the Progressive Masculinities Mentors, and WSIU, the BMI Critical Lens Film Series will expose students and other participants to the important issues of our time and will provide them with an atmosphere to think, share, and discuss these issues critically. All film screenings are free and will take place at SIU’s Morris Library Auditorium.

Default: The Student Loan Documentary -- Monday, September 9 -- 5:30pm

Is the student loan market on the verge of collapsing? Higher education has become essential to the future of our nation as a whole, and to individual Americans who hope to enter or remain in the middle class. As family incomes, available grant aid, and state investments in higher education have failed to keep pace with college costs, students and families have increasingly turned to student loans to help bridge the growing affordability gap.

This film chronicles the stories of borrowers who find themselves in the paralyzing predicament of having to repay far more than what the borrowed – with no bankruptcy protection and no recourse under the law.

Independent Lens: The Invisible War -- Monday, October 7 -- 5:30pm

Watch Coming to Independent Lens: The Invisible War on PBS. See more from Independent Lens.

The most shameful secret in the U.S military? The epidemic of rape and sexual assault of women and men within the ranks.

This film shares the emotional stories of rape victims, and the systemic cover-up of military sex crimes, chronicling the victims’ struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice. It also features hard-hitting interviews with high-ranking military officials and members of Congress that reveal the perfect storm of conditions that exist for rape in the military, its long-hidden history, and what can be done to bring about much-needed change.

Independent Lens: Soul Food Junkies -- Monday, November 4 -- 5:30pm

Watch Is Soul Food a Sacrament or a Sin? on PBS. See more from Independent Lens.

Is soul food killing Americans? Award-winning filmmaker Byron Hurt offers a fascinating exploration of the soul food tradition, its relevance to black cultural identity, and its continuing popularity in the American diet despite the known health hazards of consuming a high-fat, high-calorie diet.

Through candid interviews with soul food cooks, historians, and scholars, as well as with doctors, family members, and everyday people, the film puts this culinary tradition under the microscope to examine both its positive and negative consequences. Hurt also meets with pioneers in the emerging food justice movement who are challenging the food industry, encouraging communities to create sustainable gardens, and advocating for healthier options in local supermarkets.

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