Film & Discussion: “That Strange Summer” with Director Geri Alumit Zeldes

Wednesday October 14, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

In the summer of 1975, 27 patients experienced respiratory failure and 11 patients died during a six-week period at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Ann Arbor. In June 1976, after an intense FBI investigation, officials charged two Filipina nurses — Filipina Narciso and Leonora Perez — with injecting the patients with the muscle relaxant Pavulon.

Through interviews, archival news stories, and FBI documents obtained via Freedom of Information Act requests, the hour-long, unrated film That Strange Summer reconstructs the investigation, trial and movement to release the two nurses, who were convicted of poisoning the patients.

Following the film, the award-winning director, Geri Alumit Zeldes, will lead a discussion on topics presented in the documentary. Zeldes is an associate professor in the School of Journalism at Michigan State University.