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Panel Discussion and Film Screening Examine Race Relations in the South Through Documentary Arts

"Getting Back to Abnormal" filmmakers Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, Paul Stekler and Peter Odabashian.

“Getting Back to Abnormal” filmmakers Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, Paul Stekler and Peter Odabashian.

Along with UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South, the UNC Southern Oral History Program and the Southern Documentary Fund, two events this month will examine race relations in the South through the lens of documentary arts and the voices of southern filmmakers and scholars.

From George Wallace to New Orleans After Katrina: Southern Race and Politics on Film
Panel Discussion with Paul Stekler, Lana Garland, and Dan Carter, moderated by Malinda Maynor Lowery
Tuesday, November 18, 4:30 p.m.
Freedom Forum, UNC-Chapel Hill
211 South Columbia St., Chapel Hill, North Carolina
A panel discussion using documentary films as the starting point for a larger conversation about how race relations have unfolded in Southern politics. Sharing clips from their own work, our guests will engage the legacies of African Americans who directly challenged Jim Crow, the white segregationists who resisted those challenges, and political actors of all races and approaches. The panelists will explore what has and has not changed in this country’s reckoning with civil rights and racial equality.

Film Screening: Getting Back to Abnormal
Screening followed by Q&A with Directors Paul Stekler and Andrew Kolker
Wednesday, November 19, 7 p.m.
Full Frame Theater, American Tobacco Campus
320 Blackwell Street, Durham, North Carolina (Map)
A film screening of the feature length documentary Getting Back to Abnormal, a provocative exploration of Southern race and politics on film, followed by a Q&A with Directors Paul Stekler and Andrew Kolker. New Orleans’ long history of political dysfunction and complicated racial dynamics gets a new lease on life when Stacy Head, a polarizing white woman, wins a seat on the city council after the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Four years later, she needs black votes to get reelected. But will her record of blunt racial talk doom her chances? Getting Back to Abnormal follows the unlikely odd couple of Head and her irrepressible black political advisor, Barbara Lacen-Keller, as they try to navigate New Orleans’ treacherous political scene.  You can view a behind-the-scenes discussion between the producers about portraying New Orleans on film here.

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