Reel Talk brings together Westmont faculty, staff, and students to discuss important films and contemporary issues. Movie screenings precede discussions facilitated by college faculty and staff. Unless otherwise noted, Reel Talk events are free and open to the Westmont community.


Spring 2016 Screenings

ode"Ode to My Father"


Thursday, February 18, 7pm

Porter Theater


Following a war in the early 1950s that divided their nation, Koreans north and south experienced decades of dramatic social, cultural and economic change. "Ode to My Father" powerfully depicts one family's journey through sixty years of upheaval and personal displacement, following their narrative from the Korean peninsula to Western Europe to California. Join host Mark Sargent and panelists Helen Rhee and Charlie Farhadian for a screening and discussion of this moving film.





Thursday, March 3, 7pm

Adams 216


Two years ago, US federal contractor Edward Snowden released thousands of classified National Security Agency documents. For good or ill, his actions revealed previously obscure government programs, including ambitious efforts to surveil ordinary Americans, and changed the way we think about security, confidentiality, and personal privacy. Later that year, documentarian Laura Poitras was contacted from Hong Kong by someone claiming to be the fugitive Snowden; this film is the result of that interaction.



inequality"Inequality for All"


Thursday, March 17, 7pm

Porter Theater


Among other results, the 2008 global financial crisis revealed a lopsided American economy that increasingly rewards the ultra-rich. In the years since then, many economists have given attention to the now-apparent costs of that imbalance. In this film, economist and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich argues that growing inequality threatens not only the economic fortunes of most Americans, but the very survival of our democracy.




prison"Prison State"


Thursday, April 14, 7pm

Winter 210

with Mark Sargent, Meredith Whitnah, and Sarah Jirek


Cosponsored by Voskuyl Library and the Westmont Reads Program


In recent decades, Americans have turned to mass incarceration to redress social ills; today, the United States imprisons more of its citizens than any other nation on earth. "Prison State" tells the story of four people--two children and two adults--who have served time in custody, posing troubling questions about the means and ends of American criminal justice.