In conjunction with our mission, the MSU Leadership Institute utilizes carefully selected films to cultivate and inspire dialogue and deep discussion around various topics. These free film screenings cover a number of different genres, and they all serve the purpose of igniting and supplementing the diverse passions of students and community members alike. Past films have included Snow Guardians, Bhutto, Beyond Our Differences, Wretchers & Jabberers, 127 Hours, and many more.


Possible Showings for Fall 2017


13th, released in the fall of 2016, explores the history of racial inequality in the United States. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay focuses on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. This intriguing film also features Bryan Stevenson, MSU’s 2017 Convocation speaker, and encapsulates his message that slavery did not truly end with the establishment of the 13th amendment.

The Bad Kids 

The Bad Kids, released at the beginning of 2016, explores the lives of hopeless Californian high school students struggling to earn their diplomas, and introduces one school that's doing something to help. Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is one of California's alternative schools for students at risk of dropping out. Every student here has fallen so far behind in credits that they have no hope of earning a diploma at a traditional high school. Black Rock is their last chance. This film is an observational documentary that chronicles one extraordinary principal's mission to realize the potential of these students.