September 20, 2012
Westerville, OH— The Otterbein University film series Films Without Borders will host two screenings in October and November. Both screenings are free and open to the public.
Films Without Borders will screen Miss Evers’ Boys (1997) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, in room 112 of Towers Hall, 1 S. Grove St. Grove St. Miss Evers’ Boys is the true account of a group of African American men who were subjects of a government medical study that began in 1932 in Macon County, Alabama. For the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Blacks With Syphilis, government doctors selected 412 African American men infected with the disease and faked long term treatment, while administering placebos. The experiment was discontinued 40 years later when a Senate investigation was initiated. At that time, only 127 of the original study group were still living. The story is told from the point of view of Nurse Eunice Evers, who was fully aware of the reality of the study, but felt her role was to console the involved men, many of whom she considered to be her friends.
The Mexican thriller, Sleep Dealer (2008), will be presented at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in room 112 of Towers Hall, 1 S. Grove St. Set in a near-future, militarized world marked by closed borders, virtual labor and a global digital network that joins minds and experiences, three strangers risk their lives to connect with each other and break the barriers of technology. Memo comes to Tijuana to work in the high-tech factories, where workers connect their nervous systems to the network to control robots that labor on the other side of the border. The workers toil until they collapse, earning the factories the name “Sleep Dealers.” Memo meets a woman, Luz, who sells her virtual memories to a mysterious “reader.” When the identity of the reader is revealed, a chain of events is set in motion that will connect three strangers and change their lives—maybe even change the world—forever.
For upcoming Films Without Borders screenings and Otterbein arts events, visit www.otterbein.edu/artscene.