Blending race-savvy satire with horror to especially potent effect, this bombshell social critique from first-time director Jordan Peele proves positively fearless - which is not at all the same thing as scareless.
— Peter Debruge, Variety
A sharp, insightful critique of the various manifestations of racism in an allegedly post-racial society, Get Out is the story of Chris, a young Black man, visiting his white girlfriend’s parents in Upstate New York. What begins as a series of fumbling exchanges escalates into a series of disturbing discoveries beyond what Chris ever could have imagined. A critical sensation and box office smash that uses the genre of the thriller for a smart and essential analysis of race in America.
Director: Jordan Peele
In 2018 Peele became the third person, and first African American filmmaker, to earn Oscar nominations in the directing, original screenplay, and best picture categories for his first feature film.
This Program is co-presented by the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission in commemoration of End Racism Day, officially observed since 1966 by the United Nations as The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
The screening of Get Out will feature a special introduction from Anita Dantzler, South Carolina Human Affairs Commission Outreach Consultant, and a post-film panel discussion featuring Dr. Burnett Gallman, Dan Koon, and Susan Courtney.
Dr. Burnett Gallman Jr. is an internal medicine specialist in Columbia, SC and has been practicing for 43 years. Dr. Gallman is an active thought leader in Columbia and helps guide the mission of Catalyst Mbongi, an AfriKan-Centered Community Empowerment organization.
Dan Koon began his career in state government in the Governor’s Office of Executive Policy and Programs. He has a great interest in social justice, and became an employee of the SC Human Affairs Commission investigating employment discrimination where he currently serves as Deputy Commissioner. He has served as President of the Columbia Luncheon Club, the first integrated social club in Columbia established in 1963, and received the clubs “2016 Humanitarian of the Year” award.
Susan Courtney is a Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of South Carolina, whose research focuses on race, gender, region, and U.S. screen cultures. Her books include Split Screen Nation: Moving Images of the American West and South (Oxford University Press) and Hollywood Fantasies of Miscegenation: Spectacular Narratives of Gender and Race, 1903-1967 (Princeton University Press). Her recent courses include “Mediating Ferguson, U.S.A.: 1915-2015” and “The South on Screen.”