FESTIVAL SCHEDULE


 

 

At Berkeley

sunday 13 april
(rescheduled from 5 february)

AT BERKELEY

(dir Frederick Wiseman, USA, 2013, 244 min)

Master documentarian Frederick Wiseman focuses on UC Berkeley during a period of economic crisis in his epic study of the life of an institution: its rules, principles, and ideas, and their connection to the lives of people who realize it, manage it, and depend on it. At Berkeley is a love poem to the idea of the university and the ways that universities both foster and compromise dissent.

Introduction by Carolyn Anderson, UMass Amherst.

1:00pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management [Maps/Directions]

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Looking for Adventure

wednesday 12 february

LOOKING FOR ADVENTURE

(dir Kimi Takesue, Peru/USA, 2013, 43 min)

The pleasures, strains, and choreography of group tourism in Peru, structured as formally beautiful tableaux exploring tensions between the commodification of Peruvian culture for foreign consumption and the tourist’s desire for adventure. Premiere, Mar Del Plata International Film Festival.

Introduction by Shawn Shimpach, UMass Amherst. The director will be present.

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

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Free Angela and All Political Prisoners

wednesday 19 february

FREE ANGELA AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS

(dir Shola Lynch, USA/France, 2012, 112 min)

Legendary radical activist Angela Davis speaks for the first time about her 1970s imprisonment as a terrorist and conspirator, a flashpoint in the black liberation struggle that made her a revolutionary icon. Screened in observance of Black History Month.

Introduction by Demetria Rougeaux Shabazz, UMass Amherst.

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

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The Night Shift Belongs to the Stars screened with Beyond the Glass

wednesday 26 february

THE NIGHT SHIFT BELONGS TO THE STARS

(Il turno di notte lo fanno le stelle)

(dir Edoardo Ponti, Italy, 2012, 23 min, Italian w/English subtitles)

On the eve of their respective open-heart surgeries, Matteo and Sonia are linked by a passion for mountaineering and a promise to climb together in the Dolomites. Will their hearts survive the challenge? Written by Neapolitan novelist, poet and screenwriter Erri De Luca. Best narrative short, Tribeca Film Festival.

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BEYOND THE GLASS

(Di là dal vetro)

(dir Andrea Di Bari, Italy, 2011, 18 min, Italian w/English subtitles)

A man confronts his mother’s postmemory of WWII in dreams and conversations deep in the night in his country home: “Taking back a piece of the past, forcing it to be here again—this is the motif of my stories” (screenwriter Erri De Luca).

Introduction by Jim Hicks, UMass. Co-sponsored by Italian Studies/LLC.

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

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Join us to celebrate 12 weeks of compelling cinema.

MARYSE CONDÉ, A VOICE OF HER OWN

wednesday 5 march

MARYSE CONDÉ, A VOICE OF HER OWN

(Maryse Condé, une voix singulière)

(dir Jérôme Sesquin, France, 2013, 52 min, French w/English subtitles)

Born in Guadeloupe in 1937, Maryse Condé published novels exploring the relationships between African peoples and the Diaspora, and led a distinguished academic career in France and the U.S. Interviews in Paris, New York, French Guiana, and the Caribbean, and archival footage. In observance of International Women’s Week.

Introduction by Dawn Fulton, Smith College.

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

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Regina

wednesday 12 march

REGINA

(dir Diana Gróo, Hungary/Germany/United Kingdom, 2013, 63 min, b/w, Hungarian w/ English subtitles)

Constructed from archival materials based on a single surviving photograph of Regina Jonas (1902-1944), the first woman rabbi, this poetic documentary is set in 1930s Berlin when laws of the Jewish religion prevented women from ordination. New England premiere, co-sponsored by Women’s Philanthropy, a Division of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts.

Introduction by Catherine Portuges, UMass. The director will be present.

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

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All events are free and open to the public.

My Child

wednesday 26 march

MY CHILD

(Benim Çocuğum)

(dir Can Candan, Turkey, 2013, 82 min, Turkish w/English subtitles)

Through weekly meetings in their Istanbul homes, parents of LGBT children share their struggles, interrogating the meaning of parenthood, family, and activism in contemporary Turkish society. Official selection, Montreal Film Festival.

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EIGHT

(Sekiz)

(dir Tanju Özdemir, Turkey, 2013, 6 min, b/w, no dialogue)

A widow’s quotidian life brushes against the infinite in this spare yet lush short film.

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SANSARA

(dir Bade Uysaler, Turkey, 2013, 15 min, in Turkish and Kurdish with English subtitles)

An allusive portrait of destruction and renewal, filmed in the wake of Turkey’s campaign of village evacuations as a response to the ‘Kurdish problem.’

Introduction by Emir Benli, UMass. The directors will be present for Q&A.

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

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Ladies Tailor

wednesday 2 april

LADIES TAILOR

(Damskiy portnoy)

(dir Leonid Gorovets, USSR, 1990, 92 min, in Russian w/English subtitles)

Kiev, on the eve of Babi Yar, 1941: the last 24 hours of a Jewish tailor and his family in an intense drama of the fate of the Jews under Nazi and Soviet tyranny, without onscreen violence. Co-sponsored with the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide & Memory Studies and the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival.

Introduction by Olga Gershenson, UMass.

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

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“Reality Narratives,” explores the blurred boundaries between documentary and fiction that have been present since the birth of cinema and that constitute a major conceptual force in contemporary filmmaking.

Wednesdays at 7:30pm
UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management
Map of Isenberb SOM

ENEMY OF THE REICH: THE NOOR INAYAT KHAN STORY

wednesday 9 april

ENEMY OF THE REICH: THE NOOR INAYAT KHAN STORY

(dir Robert Gardner, USA, 2014, 60 min)

The extraordinary story of WWII British secret agent, “Spy Princess” Noor Inayat Khan, whose heroism transcended race and religion as she risked her life in the French Resistance; she was later awarded the U.K.’s George Cross and France’s Croix de Guerre. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies, UMass.

Introduction by Lara Curtis, UMass. The director may be present.

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

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Chris Marker

wednesday 16 april

TO CHRIS MARKER, AN UNSENT LETTER

(dir Emiko Omori, USA, 2012, 78 min, in English)

This collective cinematic love letter to Chris Marker captures the notoriously private director, self-described as the ‘best known author of unknown works,’ through interviews with his colleagues and admirers, evoking a man whose preference for personal privacy made him cinema’s most famous enigma: a man who is his works.

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IF I HAD 4 DROMEDARIES

(Si j’avais 4 dromadaires)

(dir Chris Marker, France/West Germany, 1966, digital video, b/w, 49 min., French w/ English subtitles)

Composed of photographs shot by Marker himself over the course of his travel in the form of a voiceover conversation, anticipating Roland Barthes and Susan Sontag, and revealing Marker’s understanding of the secret rapport between still and moving image.

Introduction by Kristian Feigelson, Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris.

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

Chris Marker Colloquium with Kristian Feigelson on Thursday 4/17.

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The Mill and the Cross

wednesday 23 april

THE MILL AND THE CROSS

(dir Lech Majewski, Poland/Sweden, 2011, 92 min, in English, Polish & Spanish w/English subtitles)

Starring Rutger Hauer, Charlotte Rampling and Michael York, the film is inspired by Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s “The Procession to Calvary,” focusing on a dozen of the 500 characters depicted in the 1564 painting, set against a backdrop of religious persecution in Flanders.

Introduction by Barbara Bolibok, UMass. The director will be present.

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

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Hosting nine filmmakers who will be present for discussion and Q&A.

Raising Shrimp

wednesday 30 april

RAISING SHRIMP

(dir Joe Cunningham, USA/Belize, 2014, 51 min)

Dive into a vivid, rarely-seen world of rugged fishermen and jungle laboratories, of exotic bacteria and teeming coral reefs, of Asian outsourcing and broken dreams before testing your nerve with some radical solutions for raising shrimp right here at home. New England premiere. Co-sponsored by the UMass Department of Environmental Conservation & the College of Natural Sciences.

Introduction by Daniel Pope, UMass. The film’s star, UMass professor Andy Danylchuk, will be present.

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

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