React to Film: A student-led initiative to showcase documentary films that matter
by Emily Rizzo '18 and Rebecca Stern '16
Urvi Kalra '18
React to Film is a nationwide initiative that uses documentary film to inspire people to engage in the real issues of today. Stella Langat '16 and Urvi Kalra '18, an environmental studies major who is passionate about spreading awareness, are among many college chapter leaders all over the nation organizing screenings of social issue documentaries to generate discussion and create change. Skidmore’s student club Film Appreciation Troupe (F.A.T.) has welcomed this collaboration.
For more information on the program, see their Facebook page.
Full house at screening
of The Hunting Ground
Discussion after screening
So the discussion after the screening was both very engaged and productive. The students raised important questions and suggestions on how the issue could possibly be dealt with, including information about a newly formedgroup called "Walk with Me," in which students walk in groups back to their dorms or apartments. Students were surprised that the SGA was not represented at this event and hope to make connections later. It is heartening to know that React to Film has contributed to raise awareness about this important issue, which we will continue to address.