Multicultural Film Festival examines 'Migrations'

The interconnections between artists and their times, beyond and across borders, whether geographical, psychological, socio-economic, cultural or historical, are the focus of the 18th annual Multicultural Film Festival. The festival, "Migrations," is organized by the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies.

The festival runs from Feb. 2 to April 27 with screenings on campus and at Amherst and Smith colleges. This year''s line-up includes award-winning narrative features and documentaries from South Africa, Bosnia, Palestine, Uganda, Israel, Mauritius, Brazil, Spain, Mexico and the U.S. All screenings, which are free and open to the public, begin at 7:30 p.m. in 137 Isenberg School of Management unless otherwise indicated.

The schedule is as follows:

"State of Violence," Khalo Matabane''s award-winning new South African feature, a narrative of one man''s story and an exploration of the collective memory of apartheid, set in present-day Johannesburg. Presented in conjunction with the opening of an exhibition by South African photographer David Goldblatt at the University Museum of Contemporary Art. Feb. 2.

"On The Path/Na Putu," directed by Bosnian filmmaker Jasmila Zbanic, examines the legacy of the Balkan conflict, exemplified by the relationship between a young couple whose relationship is tested by Wahabbist fundamentalism. Feb. 9.

"Women Without Men," directed by Iranian-born artist Shirin Neshat, tells the story of four women whose destinies converge, set against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran''s 1953 CIA-backed coup that fanned the growth of religious fundamentalism. Feb. 16.

"Where Are You Taking Me," director Kimi Takesue offers a documentary journey through life in modern Uganda in the aftermath of civil war. March 2.

"Occupied Minds," Palestinian-American journalist Jamal Dajani chronicles his intensely personal odyssey with an Israeli journalist through the streets of Jerusalem, their mutual birthplace, exploring new solutions and offering insights into the divisive Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Dajani, who is speaking at Smith College at 5 p.m., will be present for discussion at the screening. March 9, 7:30 p.m., 101 Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Smith College.

"A Film Unfinished/Shtikat Haarchion," Israeli filmmaker Yael Hersonski will be present to introduce her new documentary, a testament to "the victim''s gaze into the camera" that ingeniously exposes "Das Ghetto," the Nazis'' never-completed film about the Warsaw Ghetto, as a mix of horrific truth and staged propaganda. Co-sponsored by the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival and the campus'' new Institute for Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies. March 23, 4 and 7:30 p.m., Institute for Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies screening room, 758 North Pleasant St.

"Lost Zweig," Brazilian director Sylvio Back''s feature film about famed Austrian Jewish writer Stefan Zweig''s sojourn in Brazil, the last country in which he sought refuge from the Nazis, 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. March 30.

"The Cathedral/La Cathedrale," Harrikrisna Anenden''s feature film from Mauritius about a pivotal day in the life of young Lina, who confronts a wrenching existential choice. April 6.

"Maps of the Sounds of Tokyo/Mapa De Los Sonidos De Tokyo,"a stylish thriller by Catalan director Isabel Coixet. Ryu''s solitary beauty contrasts starkly with her double life working nights at a Tokyo fishmarket and taking on jobs as a hit-woman. Presented in collaboration with the campus'' third Catalan Film Festival. April 13.

"Revoluci?n," a tribute to the centenary of the Mexican Revolution by 10 of Mexico''s brightest young directors, including Gael Garc?a Bernal, Diego Luna and Carlos Reygadas. Presented in collaboration with the Copeland Colloquium on International Development and Lamont Lectureship, Amherst College. April 27, 7:30 p.m., Stirn Auditorium, Amherst College.

The series is curated by Catherine Portuges, professor of Comparative Literature and director of the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies.