18th annual massachusetts multicultural film festival: MIGRATIONS - UMass Amehrst Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies
now showing...

weds & thurs 27-28 april

REVOLUCIÓN

(dir Mariana Chenillo, Patricia Riggen, Fernando Eimbcke, Amat Escalante, Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo García, Diego Luna, Gerardo Naranjo, Rodrigo Plá & Carlos Reygadas, Mexico, 2010, 105 min, in Spanish w/English subtitles)

The first major political revolution of the 20th century, the Mexican Revolution transformed that society, offering a model to Latin America for government-directed social change. To commemorate its centenary, ten of Mexico’s brightest young directors contributed a short film to this omnibus project. From Mariana Chenillo’s The Estate Store (La tienda de raya) to Amat Escalante’s The Hanging Priest (El cura Nicolás colgado), Revolución is a provocative collection of responses to the Revolution’s legacy and a fascinating panorama of views on contemporary Mexico.

In collaboration with the Copeland Colloquium on International Development and Lamont Lectureship, Amherst College. Introduction by Roger King, 2010-2011 Copeland Fellow, Amherst College; discussion with filmmakers Mariana Chenillo and Amat Escalante moderated by Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture, Amherst College.

7:30pm Amherst College
Stirn Auditorium [Maps/Directions]

Second screening Thursday, April 28, 4:00pm, Stirn Auditorium, followed by a colloquium with Amherst College faculty, in collaboration the filmmakers, on issues raised by the film, the Mexican Revolution, and its legacy in present-day Mexico.  

4:00pm Amherst College
Stirn Auditorium [Maps/Directions]

Now Showing: Revolución (2010)

To commemorate the centenary of the Mexican Revolution, ten of Mexico’s brightest young directors contributed a short film to this omnibus project. A provocative collection of responses to the Revolution’s legacy and a fascinating panorama of views on contemporary Mexico. [official site | trailer| IMDb]

 

Amat Excalante WINS at Cannes 2013

NEWS!

Amat Escalante wins Best Director at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival for:

HELI
Estela is a 12 year old girl who has just fallen crazy in love with a young police cadet who wants to run away with her and get married. Trying to achieve this dream, her family will have to live the violence that is devastating the region. [see Cannes website]


about the festival

“MIGRATIONS”

Interview with Catherine Portuges, Curator of the Massachusetts Multicultural Film FestivalWatch the WGBY interview with Catherine Portuges, Director of Film Studies at UMass and Curator of the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival.

The 18th Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival highlights interconnections among cinema, migration, war and memory in the context of contemporary cultural and ethno-national landscapes, screening award-winning documentary and feature films from South Africa, Bosnia, Russia, Israel, Mauritius, Iran, Palestine, Spain, Mexico and the U.S. From February 2 to April 27, this season explores the primordial role played by filmmakers working in partnership beyond and across borders, whether geographical, psychological, socio-economic, cultural or historical.

Curated by the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Catherine Portuges, Curator; Assistant Curators: Barry Spence, Daniel Pope, and Nancy Inouye. 129 Herter Annex, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA 01003, tel. (413) 545-3659, email: filmstudies@hfa.umass.edu

All events are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, all screenings are held in the Isenberg School of Management Flavin Family Auditorium (137 SOM) at 7:30pm on Wednesday evenings. Screenings subject to cancellation due to severe weather.  See the UMass Ameherst Weather Closing Status web page for information on campus closings.

A one-credit colloquium (COMM 296F) is available to undergraduate students. UMass Amherst students may enroll through SPIRE. For information or Five College enrollment, please contact colloquium faculty supervisor Prof. Anne Ciecko, Communication, UMass Amherst, tel. (413) 545-6348, email: ciecko@comm.umass.edu

Made possible by generous support from our Sponsors.


film festival schedule

State of Violence
[official site | IMDb]

Stephen Clingman

wednesday 2 february

STATE OF VIOLENCE

(dir Khalo Matabane, South Africa/France, 2010, 79 min, in Zulu, Tsotsitaal, English w/English subtitles)

Matabane’s début fiction feature brings a new voice to African cinema—complex, questing, hybrid, fearless. When Bobedi, one of Johannesburg’s new black business élite, returns home to find an intruder attacking his wife, he takes justice into his own hands and is confronted by his militant past. One man’s story becomes an examination of collective memory and denial, ever-vital issues within South Africa where the past remains present and justice is never simple. Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival.

Introduction by Stephen Clingman, Director, Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Humanities and Arts, UMass Amherst; renowned South African photographer David Goldblatt will be present for discussion following the screening. Co-sponsored by the University Museum of Contemporary Art (formerly University Gallery), UMass Amherst, where the exhibition Intersections Intersected: Photographs by David Goldblatt opens on Thursday, February 3rd, 5:00 – 8:00pm.

7:30pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management [Maps/Directions]

We regret that the closing of campus due to severe weather forced cancellation of State of Violence, the opening screening scheduled for the 18th Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, “Migrations,” on Wednesday, February 2, in collaboration with the opening of the University Museum of Contemporary Art’s exhibition, “Intersections Intersected: the Photographs of David Goldblatt.”

Our colleague, Stephen Clingman (Professor of English and Director of the Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Humanities and Fine Arts), who was to have presented the film, has graciously given us permission to post his introduction here on our Festival website.

Read Stephen Clingman’s introduction to State of Violence.


On the Path / Na putu[official site | IMDb]

Na putu trailer
[trailer]

wednesday 9 february

ON the path

(Na putu)

(dir Jasmila Žbanić, Bosnia and Herzegovina/ Austria/Germany/Croatia, 2010, 100 min, in Bosnian w/English subtitles)

Luna and Amar’s relationship is strained when Amar takes a job in a conservative Wahhabi community. Haunted by the wounds of war, Luna questions whether love can keep them together in the face of Amar’s growing fundamentalism. A difficult subject, treated with great delicacy. Best director, 57th Pula Film Festival; nominee, Golden Bear, 60th Berlin Film Festival.

Introduction by Jim Hicks, Comparative Literature/LLC, UMass Amherst.

7:30pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management [Maps/Directions]


WOMEN WITHOUT MEN   Zanan-e bedun-e mardan
[official site | IMDb]

WOMEN WITHOUT MEN   Zanan-e bedun-e mardan trailer
[trailer]

wednesday 16 february

WOMEN WITHOUT MEN

Zanan-e bedun-e mardan

(dir Shirin Neshat, Germany/Austria/France, 2009, 99 min, in Farsi w/English subtitles)

The Iranian-born artist Shirin Neshat, best known for her video installations, directs this elegant and moving story set against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran’s 1953 CIA-backed coup that fanned the growth of religious fundamentalism. Based on the feminist novel by Shahmush Parsipurt, the film follows four women whose destinies converge in a beautiful garden where they find independence, solace and companionship. Silver Lion, Best Director, Venice Film Festival.

Introduction by Anne Ciecko, Communication, UMass Amherst.

Read censored, imprisoned Iranian director Jafar Panahi's open letter.

7:30pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management [Maps/Directions]


WHERE ARE YOU TAKING ME
[official site | IMDb]

Where Are You Taking Me trailer
[trailer]

wednesday 2 march

WHERE ARE YOU TAKING ME

(dir Kimi Takesue, USA, 2010, digital video, 72 min, in English, Luganda, and Acholi)

Takesue’s reflective documentary takes an elliptical journey through life in modern Uganda: a high-society wedding; a female weight-lifting competition; a center for former child soldiers; a lively nightclub; a break-dance battle upstaged by a young child. Takesue, a professor of film at Syracuse University and former Guggenheim Fellow in Filmmaking, observes the many facets of today’s Uganda and the aftermath of its civil wars with unadorned honesty and lyrical style. New England première. Official selection, Rotterdam Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival.

The director will be present for discussion. Introduction by Barry Spence, Film Studies/Comparative Literature/LLC, UMass Amherst.

7:30pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management [Maps/Directions]


Occupied Minds
[official site | IMDb]

Occupied Minds trailer
[trailer]

wednesday 9 march

OCCUPIED MINDS

(dir Jamal Dajani & David Michaelis, USA/Palestine, 2005, 80 min, in English, Hebrew and Arabic w/English subtitles)

The story of two journalists, Jamal Dajani, a Palestinian-American, and David Michaelis, an Israeli citizen, who journey to Jerusalem, their mutual birthplace, to explore new solutions and offer unique insights into the divisive Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The film takes viewers on an emotional and intensely personal odyssey through the streets of one of the world’s most volatile regions.

Jamal Dajani will be present for discussion (screening in conjunction with his 5:00 lecture, “The War of Information in the Middle East” Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Smith College). Introduction by Abdelkader Berrahmoun, Middle East Studies, Smith College.

7:30pm Smith College
101 Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall  [Maps/Directions]


A FILM UNFINISHED  (Shtikat haarchion)
[official site | IMDb]

A FILM UNFINISHED  (Shtikat haarchion) - trailer
[trailer]

 


wednesday 23 march

A FILM UNFINISHED

(Shtikat haarchion)

(dir Yael Hersonski, Israel, 2010, 89 min, in Hebrew, German & Polish w/English subtitles)

In 1942, one of the only known films about the Warsaw ghetto was shot, ostensibly documenting scenes of Jewish life. For decades, the unfinished footage was presented as truth…until 40 years later, when a missing reel was discovered, complicating earlier readings of the footage. In A Film Unfinished, Hersonski presents the raw footage, carefully noting fictionalized sequences and probing deeply into the making of a now-infamous Nazi propaganda film. She screens each reel with ghetto survivors and one of the original cameramen whose reactions add complexity and authority. Rigorous in its regard for human tragedy and the power of images, the documentary indicts the evil and the narcissism of the Nazi state.

Co-sponsored by Institute for Holocaust, Genocide & Memory Studies, Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, Judaic & Near Eastern Studies, & DEFA Film Library. Introduction by Catherine Portuges, Film Studies/Comparative Literature/LLC. The director will be present for discussion with James Young, Director, Institute for Holocaust, Genocide & Memory Studies & Olga Gershenson, Judaic & Near Eastern Studies, UMass Amherst. Reception at 6:00pm.

4:00pm Screening and 6:00pm Reception, UMass Amherst
Institute for Holocaust, Genocide & Memory Studies Screening Room, 758 North Pleasant Street (meter parking across the street, screening room behind the house). [Maps/Directions]

Note venue change for 7:30pm screening.

7:30pm Screening, UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management [Maps/Directions]


LOST ZWEIG
[IMDb]

Lost Zweig - trailer
[trailer]

wednesday 30 march

LOST ZWEIG

Os últimos dias de Stefan Zweig no Brasil

(dir Sylvio Back, Brazil, 2003, 114 min, in English)

In 1941, the famed Austrian Jewish writer Stefan Zweig arrived with his young wife, Lotte, in Brazil, the last country in which he sought refuge from the Nazis. This film, featuring an international cast, recreates the end of Zweig’s life in his beloved Brazil, depicting the loss and solitude experienced by this pacifist humanist, a visionary writer and intellectual who, in the early 1930s, called for a unified Europe. Sylvio Back is a Brazilian filmmaker, poet, and writer who has written and directed 37 prize-winning documentaries and fiction films, and some 20 books of poetry, essays, short stories, and screenplays.

The director will be present for discussion as part of a week-long area residency of screenings and events. Introduction by Daphne Patai, Spanish & Portuguese/LLC, UMass Amherst.

7:30pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management [Maps/Directions]


THE CATHEDRAL  (La Cathédrale)
[IMDb]

wednesday 6 april

THE CATHEDRAL

(La Cathédrale)

(dir Harrikrisna Anenden, Mauritius, 2005, 78 min, in Mauritian Créole w/English subtitles)

A rare feature film from Mauritius, set in the beautiful capital city of Port-Louis, this lyrical narrative, inspired by a short story by Ananda Devi, chronicles a pivotal day in the life of young Lina. Despite her poverty and a demanding mother, Lina exudes an infectious happiness which is challenged when a chance meeting with a photographer forces her to decide whether to remain with her family or to follow her dream. Best feature, Cambo Fest.

Introduction by Françoise Lionnet, Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques; Co-director, UCLA Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows Program.

7:30pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management [Maps/Directions]


MAPS OF THE SOUNDS OF TOKYO   (Mapa de los sonidos de Tokio)
[official site | IMDb]

MAPS OF THE SOUNDS OF TOKYO   (Mapa de los sonidos de Tokio)  - trailer
[trailer]

wednesday 13 april

MAP OF THE SOUNDS OF TOKYO

(Mapa de los sonidos de Tokio)

(dir Isabel Coixet, Spain, 2009, 109 min, in English & Japanese)

In this stylish thriller from Spanish writer/director Isabel Coixet (Elegy, My Life Without Me), Ryu’s solitary beauty contrasts starkly with her double life, working nights at a Tokyo fishmarket and taking on jobs as a hit-woman. Mr. Nagara is an impresario mourning the suicide of his daughter, Midori; his employee, Ishida, who has been secretly in love with Midori, hires Ryu to avenge her death. A sound engineer, obsessed with the sounds of the Japanese city and fascinated with Ryu, witnesses this erotic love story, reaching into the shadows of the human soul. Official Selection, 2009 Cannes International Festival.

A collaboration with the 3rd Catalan Film Festival, UMass. Introduction by Eva París-Huesca, Spanish & Portuguese/LLC.

7:30pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management [Maps/Directions]


REVOLUCIÓN
[official site | IMDb]

REVOLUCIÓN - trailer
[trailer]

REVOLUCIÓN - invitation from directors
[directors' invitation]

wednesday 27 april – thursday 28 april

REVOLUCIÓN

(dir Mariana Chenillo, Patricia Riggen, Fernando Eimbcke, Amat Escalante, Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo García, Diego Luna, Gerardo Naranjo, Rodrigo Plá & Carlos Reygadas, Mexico, 2010, 105 min, in Spanish w/English subtitles)

The first major political revolution of the 20th century, the Mexican Revolution transformed that society, offering a model to Latin America for government-directed social change. To commemorate its centenary, ten of Mexico’s brightest young directors contributed a short film to this omnibus project. From Mariana Chenillo’s The Estate Store (La tienda de raya) to Amat Escalante’s The Hanging Priest (El cura Nicolás colgado), Revolución is a provocative collection of responses to the Revolution’s legacy and a fascinating panorama of views on contemporary Mexico.

In collaboration with the Copeland Colloquium on International Development and Lamont Lectureship, Amherst College. Introduction by Roger King, 2010-2011 Copeland Fellow, Amherst College; discussion with filmmakers Mariana Chenillo and Amat Escalante moderated by Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture, Amherst College.

7:30pm Amherst College
Stirn Auditorium [Maps/Directions]

Second screening Thursday, April 28, 4:00pm, Stirn Auditorium, followed by a colloquium with Amherst College faculty, in collaboration the filmmakers, on issues raised by the film, the Mexican Revolution, and its legacy in present-day Mexico.  

4:00pm Amherst College
Stirn Auditorium [Maps/Directions]

 

Amat Excalante WINS at Cannes 2013

Amat Escalante wins Best Director at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival for:

HELI
Estela is a 12 year old girl who has just fallen crazy in love with a young police cadet who wants to run away with her and get married. Trying to achieve this dream, her family will have to live the violence that is devastating the region. [see Cannes website]

 

We Wish to Thank...

This festival is made possible by the generous support of many departments, programs, colleges, and individuals at UMass Amherst, the Five Colleges, and beyond.  

Major Sponsors:

UMass Amherst: the College of Humanities & Fine Arts; the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences; the University Museum of Contemporary Art; the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide & Memory Studies; Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures. Amherst College: Copeland Colloquium & Lamont Institute Fund.  

With additional support from:

Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Humanities and Fine Arts (ISHA); Comparative Literature/LLC, UMass Arts Council, UMass Amherst. Five Colleges: Five College Film Council; Five College Lecture Fund; French Seminar; The Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival.  


Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies

 

 

University of Massachusetts Amherst Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies