Film Screenings

2010 Claiming Williams event



Simply rendered and unexpectedly complex, this six-minute film takes viewers on a brief train ride. Join the trip, and then see how you react to the film’s surprising power.
1:30pm and 1:45pm
Hardy House, Griffin 3, and Paresky 220

In Our Own Words: Williams Student Experiences

This 2009 documentary film explores Williams student experiences with socioeconomic class, race and ethnicity, the treatment of women on weekends, and the first-year/Junior Advisor (JA) system.

This 80-minute film offers an insider’s glimpse into the perspectives and experiences of Williams students. Produced by the Williams Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Diversity in 2009, the film uses clips from focus groups and interviews to reveal four areas of concern: socioeconomic class, race/ethnicity, the treatment of women on weekends, and the first-year entry/Junior Advisor system. A 20-minute discussion led by producer Dr. Christina Cruz follows the film.
1:30 pm, Paresky Theatre

Film: The Philosopher Kings

In search of wisdom found in unlikely places, The Philosopher Kings takes us on a journey through the halls of the most prestigious colleges and universities in America to learn from the staff members who see it all and have been through it all: the custodians. This thought-provoking, feature-length documentary interweaves the untold stories of triumph and tragedy from the members of society who are often disregarded and ignored, and seeks out the kind of wisdom that gets you through the day and the lessons one learns from surviving hard times, lost loves, and shattered dreams.

From the producers of the multiple-award winning Flight from Death, The Philosopher Kings gives us the opportunity to learn from eight incredible individuals whom we would never have otherwise taken a moment out of our day to acknowledge.

Q&A with Patrick Shen (Director/Producer) and Jim Evener (featured Cornell custodian) will follow the screening.
2:15pm, MainStage, ’62 Center