Eight short films made by UAB students will receive a public screening 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, in the UAB Heritage Hall Room 102. The event is free and open to the public.

The students made their films as part of an ethnographic filmmaking course offered jointly by the UAB Center for Urban Affairs, the School of Social & Behavioral Sciences and the University Honors Program. All of the films average 7-8 minutes. Ethnographic research deals with the description of a specific culture or human social phenomenon. Students in the course produce short documentaries about people and communities in Birmingham. The film screenings will feature the following:

"Birth Right" by Emily Jackson and Neeta Kirpalani is a documentary on the practice of midwifery in Alabama.

"Food to Fuel" by Rachel Thompson and Jim Warnock highlights the biodiesel programs in Birmingham and Hoover.

"Hopheads" by Paul Sholly and Jonathan Sutton focuses on  a grassroots advocacy group of beer connoisseurs.

"Making the Most at Hoover: Female Minority Achievement Council" by Jerald Appling and David Bala features a group of female, African-American scholars at Hoover High School.

"Positive" by Joshua Vazquez and Stephen Webb is a short documentary about UAB's 1917 Clinic that provides treatment for people living with HIV.

"Saved: The Story of the Watercress Darter" by Ingrid Pfau and Linh Tran is a film about the relationship between a church and environmentalists to save a small, endangered fish.

"Under One Roof" by Tyler Godsy of Huntsville and Chris Lee of Dothan is about an early learning center that services children with autism.

"The Whole-Way House" by Nejla Harris of Syracuse, N.Y., and Logan Talbot is a documentary about the Lovelady Center, a residential facility in Birmingham for women transitioning from prison or recovering from addiction.