Librarian dreams up film series

By Miriam Thomas


The University of the Incarnate Word’s audiovisual librarian, Farhad Moshiri, kicked off his second annual film series this month to showcase J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library’s extensive collection.

Moshiri started the spring season Feb. 11 with “Brand New You: Makeover Television and the American Dream” in Room 221 of the library. The film examines interventions featured in makeover shows – from weight loss to cosmetic surgery – and how they reproduce conventional norms of physical attractiveness and success.

Next up is “Stolen Education” on Wednesday, March 4, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. This film documents the untold story of Mexican-American schoolchildren who challenged discrimination in Texas schools in the 1950s and changed the face of education in the Southwest.

Then he’ll wind up the series 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, with “American Winter,” which follows the personal stories of families struggling in the aftermath of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

Moshiri said his film series idea began three semesters ago when he wanted a way to highlight everything the library has to offer. He created the idea of a film series to screen various documentaries from the library’s collection. The documentaries chosen directly correspond with ongoing current issues.

“The main purpose, for me, is not for students to attend for course or for a grade,” Moshiri said. “My intention is to get them interested in issues and knowledge — not just to pass a course.”

Jenifer Jaffe

UIW Editor 2014-15

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