20th Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival
The 2013 MMFF presents Christian Petzold's Barbara. Set in East Germany in the early 1980s, Christian Petzold’s Cold War thriller exudes icy anxiety through the play of trust and doubt as a Berlin physician is torn between her desire to flee to the West and her love for a colleague (Silver Bear, Berlinale; Best Foreign Language Film nominee, 2013 Academy Awards). Free and open to the public.Introduction by Barton Byg, UMass Amherst. [More...]
Roundtable on the Reception of the Holocaust in Post-communist Europe
With Omer Bartov, Joanna Michlic, John-Paul Himka, and Catherine Portuges
The Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies will host "A Roundtable on the Reception of the Holocaust in Post-communist Europe: With Omer Bartov, Joanna Michlic, John-Paul Himka, and Cathy Portuges" In honor of the spring publication of Bringing the Dark to Light: The Reception of the Holocaust in Post-communist Europe, co-edited by Joanna Michlic and John-Paul Himka, with essays by Holocaust historian Omer Bartov (Brown University) and film historian Cathy Portuges (UMass Amherst).
5th Catalan Film Festival
The 2013 edition of the Festival, devoted to the 'new Catalan cinema', features a wide range of new Catalan movies produced after 2010. All the movies will be original versions in Catalan or Spanish with English subtitles. In addition, this semester we will count with the presence of film director Patricia Ferreira who will present her film Els nens salvatges (2011) at the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival (March 6th), recently nominated in three different categories at the 2013 Goya Awards (Best new actress, Best new actor and Best original song).
Although the film festival is related to the 'Catalan Culture' and 'Catalan Cinema' courses offered by the Catalan Studies Program at UMass, everyone will be welcome to attend and participate in the seven film sessions that will take place during this semester. [Poster | Facebook page]
Pamela Yates Featured in UMass Magazine
In "Through a Personal Lens," UMass Magazine offers a profile of award winning documentary filmmaker and alumna Pamela Yates. Her recent film Granito: How to Nail a Dictator was screened at the 2012 Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, and Yates is returning to UMass for a residency with the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies in Spring 2013. For more information on Yate's work, visit the Skylight Pictures website.
Granito: Taking It to the World
Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, featured in the 2012 Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, has a new ending—the dictator, General Efraín Ríos Montt, was brought up on charges of genocide in Guatemala and placed under house arrest, so his appearance in court is now in the film. Skylight pictures has therefore arranged with PBS's P.O.V. to stream Granito and its prequel When the Mountains Tremble in English and Spanish versions.
After watching Granito (and When the Mountains Tremble) you may want to visit Granito: Every Memory Matters, a site where people are coming every day to upload videos, photos, letters and documents that are gradually restoring the collective memory of the Guatemalan genocide. Get involved, check it out here. The site defaults to Spanish, but you can select English as an option.
Be sure to join us for director Pamela Yate's residency organized by Film Studies at UMass Amherst this fall! [More on Granito.]
German Film Series Spring 2013
Thursdays 4:00pm & 7:30pm
The Fall 2013 German Film Series from 2/14 through 5/2.
February 14: Erbsen auf halb 6 (Peas at Half Past 5, Lars Büchel, 2004; 111 min.)
February 28: Geboren in Absurdistan (Born in Absurdistan, Houchang Allahyari, 1999; 111 min.)
March 14: Das System - alles verstehen heißt alles verzeihen (The System, Marc Bauder, 2011; 87 min.)
March 28: Vincent will Meer (Vincent Wants to Sea, Ralf Huettner, 2010; 95 min.)
April 18: Kaddisch für einen Freund (Kaddish for a Friend, Leo Khasin, 2011; 94 min.)
May 2: Auf der anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven, Fatih Akin, 2007; 122 min.)
Brigid Haines Lecture on Nobel Prize Winning author Herta Müller
Monday, 3/25 at 4:30pm
The MHC Department of German Studies presents "Nobel Prize Winning author Herta Müller’s Concentrationary Art," a lecture by Brigid Haines of the University of Swansea, U.K. Dr. Brigid Haines is Reader in German and Head of Modern Languages at Swansea University in the U.K. and the Director of the Centre of Research into Gender in Culture and Society. [Event Poster]
8th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival
April 4-18, 2013
The 8th PVJFF season offers a remarkable cultural journey by way of cinematic stories that express Jewish ideas and experiences that resonate beyond their cultural settings and speak to issues that confront our common humanity. The themes– the search for identity, family connections, striving for meaning in the midst of differences, learning from history—are universal ones seen through a Jewish lens. [More...]
Five College Student Film & Video Festival Winners 2013
Rory Sayce, Film Studies Cetificate student, took home the festival's "Best of UMASS" award for his film KINDER DAYS (17 mins). Catch all seven award-winning videos from the 2013 Five College Student Film & Video Festival.
UMass Boston Film Series
The UMass Boston Film Series pays particular attention to emerging and iconic directors of acclaimed documentaries that have obtained recognition for their unique, relevant, and exceptional cinematic efforts. The series hosts filmmakers for Q&As moderated by curator and lecturer Chico Colvard. The Film Series also partners with UMass Boston faculty, film industry insiders, and local organizations to participate in post-screening panel discussions about the issues central to the featured films. Ultimately, the UMass Boston Film Series aims to create a synergy of place between UMass Boston and the moving image.The spring lineup includes four Boston Premieres. [More...]
A Companion to the Historical Film
Broad in scope, this interdisciplinary collection of original scholarship on historical film, edited by Robert A. Rosenstone nad Constantin Parvulescu, features essays that explore the many facets of this expanding field and provide a platform for promising avenues of research.
Look for the chapter "Colonial Legacies in Contemporary French Cinema: Jews and Muslims on Screen" by Catherine Portuges.
Cinemas in Transition in Central and Eastern Europe after 1989
Edited by Catherine Portuges and Peter Hames, this collection of essays focuses on cinema in Eastern Europe in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc. As Professors Portuges and Hames argue in their introduction, in spite of Eastern Europe's rich cinematic tradition, films from this region are often marginalized. The contributors in this collection seek to fix this by offering textual analyses of films from each country from the former Soviet bloc. In addition, the essays also offer a sustained focus on structural questions of cinematic production. The collective effect of the volume is to offer a picture of Eastern European cinema at a critical historic era and its connection to the emerging world of transnational media. [More...]
Natalia Almada Named MacArthur 'Genius' Fellow
Natalia Almada, whose first film screened at our Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, has just been named a MacArthur 'Genius' Fellow.
The New York Times article on the announcement, which features a discussion of Natalia's extraordinary body of work, is here.
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