Edwards College Film Series: Department of English
MODERN NARRATIVES FILM SERIES
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 5 p.m.
Based on August Wilson’s 1985 play that won both a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1987, Denzel Washington’s 2016 film is a powerful drama that takes a hard look at race and opportunity in America. Troy Maxson is a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh who had hoped to become a pro baseball player but was considered too old when the league began admitting black athletes. His bitterness over his own life pours over into his family when he faces his son’s chance to meet a college football recruiter. Veronica Gerald, assistant professor of English, leads a discussion and cultural critique of the film following the screening.