UNM is, unfailingly, full of hidden gems—those thought-provoking spray-painted works of art behind random pillars on campus, the Beatles music course students can take for upper division credit, Eli's burger sauce at the newest restaurant in the Student Union Building. There’s always something new to discover as a regular wanderer of the campus I call home. And today I stumbled upon another: the People Before Profit film series, which happens every Monday in the SUB Theater.
This fall marks the sixth semester in which UNM's peace studies program and Students Organizing Actions for Peace will have hosted the film series. Begun as an internship for a peace studies student, People Before Profit aims to raise awareness about social issues and encourage students to think and talk about these problems. Long after its commencement, the event is still going strong.
Encouraging respectful, responsive discourse, the series is still facilitated by UNM students and professors, but it’s now open to the community—and free. Previously it brought films like Salt of the Earth, Genetic Chile and An Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman, and it continues to bring up topics such as war and gay rights. Last night, PBP screened Gus van Sant’s popular 2008 Harvey Milk biopic Milk.
The PBP series is essentially a free course about events and trends that, at some point, will affect us all. With recent, rattling terrorist attacks on Kenya and Pakistan, and the always active social and environmental justice climates, I can't think of many better ways to spend a free Monday night. Catch it every Monday at 7pm in UNM's SUB Theater.