Movies that Matter

Movies that Matter Logo and projector

Movies that Matter is a movie series presented by the Office of Multicultural Affairs with a mission to show movies that have impacted our culture or are about people, events, or ideas that have changed history. Please see our upcoming and past showings below.


All movies are shown starting at 12:15 p.m. in the Ira H. Rubenzahl Student Learning Commons (B19), Forum.

Spring 2023

  • 2/6/23 "The Woman King"
  • 2/13/23 "Black Panther"
  • 2/27/23 "Wakanda Forever"
  • 3/20/23 "Till"
  • 4/10/23 "Shang Chi"

Fall 2022

  • 9/26/22 "Encanto"
  • 10/24/22 "Fahrenheit 451"
  • 11/7/22 "The Hate You Give"
  • 12/5/22 "Soul"

Spring 2020

2/28/20 "Just Mercy"

Just Mercy is a 2019 American legal drama film directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, and starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson, Rafe Spall, and Brie Larson. It tells the true story of Walter McMillian, who, with the help of young defense attorney Bryan Stevenson, appeals his murder conviction. The film is based on the memoir of the same name, written by Stevenson.

2/24/20 "Tell Them We Are Rising"

The rich history of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) began before the end of slavery, flourished in the 20th century, and profoundly influenced the course of the nation for over 150 years — yet remains largely unknown. With Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities, the latest documentary from Stanley Nelson (Black Panthers, Freedom Riders) and Marco Williams, the powerful story of the rise, influence, and evolution of HBCUs comes to life.Tell Them We Are Rising captures this important history to tell the dynamic story of Americans who refused to be denied a higher education and — in their resistance — created a set of institutions that would influence and shape the landscape of the country for centuries to come.


In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, "Remember This House." The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.

2/14/20 "The Hate You Give"

Synopsis: Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds -- the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what's right.  This film is based on the NY Times Bestseller "The Hate You Give" by Angie Thomas.

2/10/20 "Harriet"

"Harriet" is the story of the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman.

Fall 2020

10/25/19 "RBG"

The life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg