By: Eva Monhaut
In past semesters, IU South Bend Honors Students have had the opportunity to gather in the community housing building for regular movie nights, snacks and bonding, but due to the COVID-19 outbreak, these have now been adapted to a virtual format.
Students who wish to watch the film should first RSVP via Titan Atlas, download a free Netflix Party Chrome Extension and stop by the honors lounge in the Administration Building to pick up a concession package for snacking during the film.
The first of a few planned virtual Netflix movie nights kicks off this September 24 at 7 p.m. featuring the film “The City of Joy.” Honors Program director, Neovi Karakatsanis relates the process for choosing the film. After program leaders brainstormed a list of available documentaries via Netflix, they took a vote for which of the films they thought would be best for the event.
“The City of Joy” is a Netflix Original Documentary that focuses on the women of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, feminism and their empowerment.
“It is a film about women who have been victimized by ongoing mining conflicts, have survived incredible violence, and have formed a grassroots community in the city of Bukavu to combat the violence and injustice they have faced. The documentary brings to light both the injustices as well as how these survivors have been able to find joy amidst the tragedy,” said Karakatsanis.
The virtual film offers students a chance to still bond with each other, get honors credit and learn about women’s lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo all from the safety of their home.
Furthermore, “ it provides students with an opportunity to learn about an important issue elsewhere in the world, broadening their global horizons. Importantly, “The City of Joy” is also a story about empowerment and the ability of ordinary people to bring about positive change in their lives and the lives of others,” said Karakatsanis, who strongly urges students to consider viewing the film.