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Film Screening and Panel Discussion: The Destruction of Memory

Join the History of Art and Architecture Department for a special screening of the 2016 documentary "The Destruction of Memory" at Amherst Cinema!

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Tim Slade and narrated by Tony Award-winning actress Sophie Okonedo, this powerful documentary proposes hope: As crimes of cultural destruction are increasingly reported, perpetrators can be brought to justice and awareness can grow. Increasingly, the power of modern technology can be harnessed to document, protect, and to play a role in the rebuilding process. "The Destruction of Memory" introduces heroes who risked their lives to protect not their cultural identity, safeguarding an invaluable record of who we are. It uses meticulous research and compelling interviews to examine how and why cultural destruction has happened, and how the work to protect, salvage and rebuild can respond.

After the film, there will be a post-screening discussion with Professor Laetitia La Follette, UMass Amherst Department of the History of Art & Architecture and President of the Archaeological Institute of America, and with Dr. Phoebe Segal, Mary Bryce Comstock Curator of Ancient Greek and Roman Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Sponsored by the Western Massachusetts Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, together with the UMass Amherst Department of the History of Art and Architecture, the UMass Amherst Department of Anthropology, and the UMass Amherst Department of Classics; the Smith College Department of Classical Languages & Literatures; and the Mount Holyoke College Department of Classics.

For more information, visit Amherst Cinema's website here.