Film Studies

Film Studies UMass

Celebrating 20 Years of Film Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst


Since 1991, the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies has been a dynamic center of interdepartmental and interdisciplinary activity. With active participation of more than twenty faculty members, representing fifteen departments from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and the School of Education, the Program offers both an Undergraduate and a Graduate Certificate in Film Studies. [More...]



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Trailer for the 22nd Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, “Dislocations”


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Honoring the Roif Family


Waiting for Herzog


Interview with Catherine Portuges


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Interdepartmental Program in
Film Studies
S448 Integrative Learning Center
University of Massachusetts Amherst
650 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003
Tel. (413) 545-3659
FAX: (413) 545-0014


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Luis Arguetas' "U-Turn" screening and discussion

The U-Turn Screening and Discussion with the Director

Wednesday, 11/8 at 7:00pm
ILC S404
UMass Amherst

The third documentary in Luis Argueta’s immigration trilogy narrates the transformational journey of the immigrant workers who broke the silence about the abuses they endured at the Agriprocessors meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa and the community that would not abandon them. The film showcases the U-Visa, an immigration relief part of VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) in much need of dissemination and understanding by immigrant workers, immigration rights- advocates and law-enforcement. Pizza will be served before the screening. The director will be present. [More...]

4th Annual Latin American Film Festival: "Women's View on Latin America" Fall 2017

4th annual Latin American Film Festival opens with Second Mother

Monday, 10/16 at 6:30pm
ILC S350
UMass Amherst

The 2017 Latin American Film Festival begins with a screening of Second Mother by Brazilian screenwriter and director Anna Muylaert. In Portuguese with English subtitles. This season's festival brings five weeks of engaging Latin American cinema, organized around the theme of "Women's View on Latin America." See the flyer. Free and open to the community. Presented by the UMass Amherst Spanish and Portuguese with support from the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies, the Department of Languages Literatures and Cultures, The Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies, and Gynocine. [More...]

The 24th Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival is pleased to present its spring 2017 season, “Endings/Beginnings.”  Opens Wednesday 3/1.

Massachusetts Multicultural
Film Festival 2017

Wednesdays at 7:30pm

The 24th Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival is pleased to present its spring season, “Endings/Beginnings.”  Whether art or entertainment, documentary or fiction, movies experiment with­—and at times manipulate—our sense of reality.  It is often through the process of entering into a film and emerging from it that the shock of a cultural experience is most apparent.  The films of this season’s festival explore themes of the end of life and rebirth, memory and loss, revolution, tradition, and personal discovery.  Embracing a range of genres, styles and techniques, our screenings interrogate endings and beginning, in life and in the movies, proposing that openness to cinema’s surprising moments may lead us to unexpected places.  In so doing, the festival suggests the power of cinema to engage and mobilize in times of crisis. All events are free and open to the public.





German Film Series Spring 2017

German Film Series Spring 2017

Thursdays at 4:00 and 7:30 pm
Stirn Auditorium, Amherst College

Presented by the German Department at Amherst College, the German Film Series presents films in German with English subtitles.

February 9: Im Juli (In July, Fatih Akin, 2000; 100 min.)

Moritz Bleibtreu (Run, Lola, Run) plays an uptight schoolteacher from Hamburg who embarks on an adventurous journey to follow the love of his life, a young Turkish woman, to Istanbul, in this romantic comedy drama full of surprising twists. Adult situations.

February 23: Lola rennt (Run, Lola, Run; Tom Tykwer, 1998; 82 min.)

Lola (Franka Potente) has 20 minutes to raise 100,000 Deutschmarks to bail out her boyfriend Manni, who has foolishly gotten himself into trouble. Three difference scenarios are rehearsed in this fast-paced romp: will Lola succeed as she runs across Berlin?

March 9: Karbid und Sauerampfer (Carbide and Sorrell, Frank Beyer, 1963; 85 min.)

Historical East German comedy: in the summer of 1945, Kalle Bluecher (Erwin Geschonneck) sets out to deliver several barrels of carbide to a factory in Dresden, dodging Soviet occupation officers, land mines, and love-crazed widows along the way.

March 30: Im Labyrinth des Schweigens (Labyrinth of Lies, Giulio Ricciarelli, 2014; 122 min.)

Award-winning drama based on real events: in 1950’s West Germany, a young idealistic public prosecutor (Alexander Fehling) encounters resistance and obstructionism as he tries to bring perpetrators of the Holocaust to justice. Screening co-sponsored by Amherst College Office of the Jewish Religious Advisor. Shown in conjunction with the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival.

April 20: Comedian Harmonists (Joseph Vilsmaier, 1997; 127 min.)

Set in the 1920s and 1930s, the true story of an a-capella singing group famous for catchy and witty tunes, whose sensational success was cut short by Hitler because some members of the troupe were Jewish.


Amherst Cinema Student Ambassadors

Amherst Cinema Student Ambassadors Meeting

Friday, 9/30, 12:30pm
Frost Library, room 211
Amherst College

Interested in getting more involved with your local cinema? Come to this meeting to find out how!

The Cinema is looking for students interested in volunteering in exchange for resume-building real-world experiences such as marketing arts events, navigating the challenges of a nonprofit arts organization, and event coordination. In exchange for volunteer hours students can earn the following:

- Invitations to private receptions with filmmakers + special guests
- Free tickets to select events
- Free movie posters and ephemera

Refreshments provided by Black Sheep Cafe!

Contact: Noelle Serafino
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Amherst Cinema
413-253-2547 x110





University of Massachusetts Amherst Film Studies Celebrating 20 Years of Film Studies