Film series aids discussions about food insecurity and prisons in America

Social justice issues take spotlight in film series discussion for UAB and Birmingham community.

social spotlightThe University of Alabama at Birmingham Office of Service Learning and Undergraduate Research hosts its first Social Spotlight Film Series that will provide a space for students, faculty, staff and community members to watch and discuss important social justice issues surrounding their community.

Two documentaries, “A Place at the Table” and “Solitary,” will be shown April 12 at the Hill Student Center Alumni Theatre, alongside a panel discussion with UAB faculty, staff and Kristi Jacobson, director of both documentaries.

“A Place at the Table” follows three individuals and their families as they face food insecurity in different parts of America, showing how hunger in America very much exists, and potential solutions to the problem.

“Solitary” takes a look inside one of the 40 super-maximum-security prisons in the United States, where cameras have not been able to go before. “Solitary” follows the stories of several individuals who are held in 8-by-10-foot cells, 23 hours a day.

The annual film series is presented by the UAB Office of Service Learning and Undergraduate Research, Institute for Human Rights, Student Affairs, the UAB College of Arts and Sciences Department of Criminal Justice, and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.