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Southern Circuit Film Series Fall 2017
Southern Circuit
Hapeville proudly presents the Southern Circuit Film Series, an Independent Film & Arts Event Series, featuring South Arts Films.

The 2017 Fall Series Screenings will continue on Friday evenings at the Historic Christ Church & Carriage House starting with a Reception with the Filmmaker at 6 p.m. and the Film Screening at 7 p.m. followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. Free admission and parking.

The Film Series for Fall 2017 features:

September 8: Big Sonia

October 18: Dalya's Other Country

November 17: Do Not Resist 

Link to Directions: Christ Church & Carriage House
(The driveway to the park is located off of Atlanta Avenue, between S. Central Ave. and Doug Davis, by the Wells Fargo entryway, continue to the back of the lot where the Christ Church & Carriage House is located.)


Please visit the Southern Circuit Website for additional information on the grant series. 

The views and content expressed in the films of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers do not represent the views of The City of Hapeville.  Some films are for mature audiences and are subject to viewer discretion.



September 8 : Big Sonia
Big Sonia

Big Sonia
 is a 93-minute documentary film directed by Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday.

For years, Sonia Warshawski (90) has been an inspirational public speaker at schools and prisons, where her stories of surviving the Holocaust as a teenager have inspired countless people who once felt their own traumas would leave them broken forever. But when Sonia is served an eviction notice for her iconic tailor shop (in a dead mall), she's confronted with an agonizing decision: either open up a new shop, or retire. For a woman who admits she stays busy to keep the dark parts away, facing retirement dredges up fears she’d long forgot she had, and her horrific past resurfaces. BIG SONIA explores what it means to be a survivor and how this affects families and generations. Will you let your trauma define you? Or will your past make you stronger?

“An unforgettable woman refuses to forget in this thoughtful exploration of history’s fallout."–Hollywood Reporter

Visit Big Sonia for more information or to view the trailer.



October 18 : Dalya's Other Country
Dalya's Other Country

Dalya's Other Country
is a 75-minute film directed by Julia Meltzer. 

Dalya's Other Country is the nuanced story of a family displaced by the Syrian conflict who are remaking themselves after the parents separate. Effervescent teen Dalya goes to Catholic high school and her mother, Rudayna, enrolls in college as both walk the line between their Muslim values and the new world in which they find themselves. Their story offers a lens into how a traditional Sunni woman and young girl try to hold onto their customs and traditions within the US, which they sometimes perceived as an unwelcoming place. 

"With Dalya’s Other Country... Meltzer continues her exploration of Syria by providing an intimate portrait of its diaspora. Through the unfiltered honesty of Dalya and her mother, Rudayna, the film reveals how family can become a home away from home." —Drew Tewksbury, L.A. Weekly 

Visit Dalya's Other Country for more information or to view the trailer.



November 17 : Do Not Resist
Do Not Resist

Do Not Resist
is a 72-minute documentary film directed by Craig Atkinson.

This urgent documentary explores the militarization of local police departments—in their tactics, training, and acquisition of equipment—since 9/11. With unprecedented access to police conventions, equipment expos, and officers themselves, filmmaker Craig Atkinson, the son of a SWAT team member, presents an eye-popping nonpartisan look at the changing face of law enforcement in America. 

"A troubling portrait emerges, which is all the more interesting considering that first-time documentarian Craig Atkinson is the son of a police officer who served on a SWAT team for more than a decade." – Washington Post

Visit Do Not Resist for more information or to view the trailer.



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The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part from South Arts in a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.


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