The Emerson Center HUMANITIES Film Series 


"Suppressed: the Fight to Vote" from Brave New Films

3:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 24

SUPPRESSED: THE FIGHT TO VOTE, the new documentary by Robert Greenwald weaves together personal stories from voters across the state of Georgia to paint an undeniable picture of voter suppression in the 2018 midterm election where Stacey Abrams fought to become the first Black female governor in the U.S. The issues Georgians faced included polling place closures, voter purges, missing absentee ballots, extreme wait times and a host of voter ID issues – all of which disproportionately prevented many students and people of color from casting their ballots. The 35 minute film will be followed by discussion.



 “G is for Gun: The Arming of Teachers in America” from Bullfrog Films

3:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 21

G IS FOR GUN explores the highly controversial trend of armed faculty and staff in K-12 schools. Only five years ago this practice was practically unheard of, but since the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, it has spread to as many as a dozen states. Often without public knowledge, there are teachers, administrators, custodians, nurses, and bus drivers carrying guns in America's schools. The 30 minute film will be followed by a panel discussion.


 “America’s Amazon: The Story of the St. Lucie River” from Mr. John Nelson

3:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 19

From the earliest times of Indian settlements to the present day, the St. Lucie River has played a vital part in the history of the Treasure Coast. Today, the river is frequently plagued with toxic algae blooms and pollutants that have caused immeasurable damage to the environment, but why has our river become one of the most polluted bodies of water in the nation? John Nelson is the voice of The Audubon Moment which is heard locally on WQCS, 88.9 NPR for the Treasure Coast. He is also an assistant instructor for the University of Florida’s Florida Master Naturalist program and will be on hand for the discussion following the film.


 “One Woman, One Vote” –  from the PBS American Experience series

3:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 25

The 70-year battle for women's suffrage is the subject of this gripping documentary. One Woman, One Vote documents the struggles both of the leaders and the women who fought alongside them from Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Alice Paul.  The struggle for equal suffrage split the movement apart, pitting those who were more militant in their approach against women with more conventional strategies of education and lobbying. Narrated by Susan Sarandon, this is a valuable look at an important chapter in American history. This 80 minute film will be followed by discussion.



The Wisdom to Survive” from Bullfrog Films

 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 22 

THE WISDOM TO SURVIVE accepts the consensus of scientists that climate change has already arrived, and asks, what is keeping us from action? The film explores how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life support system of the planet, the social fabric of the society, and the lives of billions of people.  Will we have the wisdom to survive? The film features thinkers and activists in the realms of science, economics, and spirituality discussing how we can evolve and take action in the face of climate disruption. They urge us to open ourselves to the beauty that surrounds us and get to work on ensuring it thrives. This 60 minute film will be followed by discussion.



Priceless” from Bullfrog Films

3:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 20

PRICELESS examines the growing cost of federal elections, the impact of political campaign fundraising on members of Congress and on policy making, and the citizen movement to limit the "undue influence" of large campaign donors.  This non-partisan documentary looks at two national policies -- agriculture and energy -- shaped by a variety of interests including industry groups, political parties, lobbyists, citizen groups, candidates and officeholders. This 60 minute film will be followed by discussion.



Union Time: Fighting for Workers’ Rights” from The Video Project

​3:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 17

"It's Union Time, people!" — the rallying cry of workers at the Smithfield Foods pork processing plant in Tar Heel, North Carolina. Since its opening in 1993, employees of the plant have endured various abuses such as intimidation tactics, low pay, and dangerous working conditions which resulted in bodily injury and, on one occasion, death. Often treated as expendable, the workers came together and engaged in a 16-year-long struggle for the right to unionize and receive safe, fair working conditions — and won. The 70 minute film, narrated by Danny Glover, will be followed by discussion.



All films will be shown on Tuesday afternoons at 3:00 PM at the Emerson Center
at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach,
located at the corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue.

Films are free with donations gratefully accepted. Questions? 772-778-5249

* Film titles subject to change.