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Appalachian Film Festival

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 7:00pm

Compton Science 226 101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg

FSU to Host Appalachian Film Festival With a Social Justice Theme

Frostburg State University will host the Appalachian Film Festival on Thursday, Sept. 19, featuring two films about issues that residents of Appalachia face. The films will be shown in the Compton Science Center in room 226 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

“Anne Braden: Southern Patriot” is a first-person documentary about the life of Anne Braden, an American civil rights leader. In the 1950s, she fought for an inclusive-movement community and mentored three generations of social justice advocates. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. mentions Braden in his 1963 letter from the Birmingham jail, praising her rejection of segregation she experienced in her upbringing as “eloquent and prophetic.” This film not only shows the dangers of racism and political repression but how one woman dedicated her life to social justice.

“Morristown: In the Air and Sun” is a documentary that shows the changes in Morristown, Tenn., through the lives of displaced or low-wage Southern workers, Mexican immigrants and workers and families who are impacted by globalization. This film shows how working class people in Mexico and eastern Tennessee are suffering because of massive economic change, challenging their assumptions about work, family, nation and community.

The film festival kicks off the weekend Appalachian Festival. This family-friendly, free event brings the community together while showcasing art and music that make this region unique. To learn more about the FSU Appalachian Festival, visit, look for it on Facebook or email

Event Type



Free and open to the public

Contact Person

Dr. Kara Rogers Thomas

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