Social Justice Film Series Coming to OCtech

Photo of Community Cinema logoOrangeburg-Calhoun Technical College and the Center for Creative Partnerships will host Community Cinema, a social justice film series, this spring.

Three films will be presented at 6 p.m. in Roquemore Auditorium, Building R, on the campus of OCtech, beginning with “Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun” by Kristy Andersen on Thursday, Feb. 23. Additional films in the series are “Rosenwald” by Aviva Kempner on Thursday, March 16, and “The Ipson Saga” by Jay Ipson on Thursday, April 20. The series is free and open to the public.

“The goal of the film series is to engage and empower young people and the community to advocate for educational, economic, political and social equality,” OCtech President Dr. Walt Tobin said.

Following the viewing of each film, a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers and humanities scholars will be held.

“The project will promote the sharing of ideas, encourage the community to consider different points of view and foster critical thinking,” said Ellen Zisholtz, CCP co-president.

“Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun” explores the life of one of the most important writers of 20th-century African-American literature, best known for her novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” Hurston’s grandniece, Lois Gaston, will join filmmaker Andersen for a discussion after the film.

“Rosenwald” tells of the partnership between businessman and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, the son of Jewish immigrants, and Booker T. Washington, who was born into slavery and rose to become the founder of the Tuskegee Institute and an advisor to U.S. presidents. Together, they built 5,500 schools for African-American children in the South. Filmmaker Kempner will be on hand to discuss the film.

“The Ipson Saga” is the story of the survival of the Ipson family. Filmmaker Ipson, who survived the Holocaust with his family in Lithuania and co-founded the Virginia Holocaust Museum, will discuss his film, and Dr. Millicent Brown, historian and civil rights advocate, will relate the Holocaust to the African-American community from a historic and contemporary perspective.

The film series is funded in part by OCtech and South Carolina Humanities and sponsored by Cox Industries Inc. For more information, visit

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