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'Reel to Real' Film Series Presents 'In Country'

                                                       Reel to Reel Film Series by Special Collections

by Andrea Richard, Whitney Hale

(Nov. 18, 2013) — The University of Kentucky Special Collections Library will show the second film in its movie series “Reel to Real” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in Worsham Theater. The film series explores celebrated movies through a historically accurate perspective based on primary source materials found in Special Collections. The screening is free and open to the public.

"In Country," featuring Bruce Willis, is about a Vietnam War veteran living in rural Kentucky, and his relationships with his daughter and others around him.

Based on the novel "In Country" by celebrated author and former UK faculty member Bobbie Ann Mason, the movie features scenes from Paducah and Lexington, Ky.

Areas of study in which the movie is applicable are the departments of HistoryMilitary Science,American Studies, as well as the Appalachian Center and Appalachian Studies Program and Gender and Women's Studies.

Light refreshments will be served at the screening.

Interested faculty and staff are encouraged to assign viewing of the movie for extra credit. The movie will include a guide to materials that can help students and faculty better utilize Special Collections and archival documents in their research and teaching.

Other movies to follow in the series are:

. "Beloved" (1998), 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12;

· "Coal Miner's Daughter" (1980), 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4; and

· "Our Day" (1938), 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8.

All movies will be shown in Worsham Theatre, except "Beloved," which will be presented in the Center Theater, also in the Student Center.

UK Special Collections is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press and the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center. The mission of Special Collections is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.