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Risk – 9/21

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Laura Poitras, Academy Award winning director of CITIZENFOUR, returns with her most personal and intimate film to date. Filmed over six years, RISK is a complex and volatile character study that collides with a high stakes election year and its controversial aftermath. Cornered in a tiny building for half a decade, Julian Assange is undeterred even as the legal jeopardy he faces threatens to undermine the organization he leads and fracture the movement he inspired. In a new world order where a single keystroke can alter history, Risk is a portrait of power, betrayal, truth, and sacrifice. Discussion led by professor Russell Newman to follow. Directed by Laura Poitras, documentary, 92 minutes, USA, 2017.

Chavela – 9/28

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Through its lyrical structure, Chavela will take viewers on an evocative, thought-provoking journey through the iconoclastic life of game-changing artist Chavela Vargas. Centered around never before-seen interview footage of Chavela shot 20 years before her death in 2012, and guided by the stories in Chavela’s songs, and the myths and tales others have told about her – as well as those she spread about herself – the film weaves an arresting portrait of a woman who dared to dress, speak, sing, and dream her unique life into being. Discussion with directors to follow. Directed by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi, documentary, 90 minutes, USA, 2017.

Kedi – 10/10

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Territory, a short film by Eleanor Mortimer, screens prior to the feature presentation

Hundreds of thousands of cats have roamed the metropolis of Istanbul freely for thousands of years, wandering in and out of people’s lives, impacting them in ways only an animal who lives between the worlds of the wild and the tamed can. Cats and their kittens bring joy and purpose to those they choose, giving people an opportunity to reflect on life and their place in it. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to ourselves. Discussion moderated by local filmmaker Vedat Samur with director Ceyda Torun via Skype to follow. Documentary, 80 minutes, Turkey, 2016

The Black Maria Film Festival – 10/12

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Black Maria is an international juried film competition. They have embraced their mission for 35 years by focusing on short films including those, which shine a light on issues and struggles within contemporary society. Their touring programs always include provocative works. They advance and exhibit the work of diverse filmmakers from across the US and around the world. These artists often represent an under-served constituency who might not otherwise have the opportunity for live public exhibition nationwide or abroad. We will be screening a curated selection of animation, documentary, and experimental shorts. A discussion led by professor Rob Todd with a few of the directors to follow. Animation/ experimental/documentary, 101 minutes, USA/ Netherlands/ Poland, 2016.

Rasheed – 10/24

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Rasheed documents the life of Badih’s late uncle Rasheed Broum who was killed, at the age of 29, in an airstrike in the city of Sidon during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982 – three years before she was born. More than 30 years after the tragedy, Samia goes on a quest to find out more about her uncle’s story of life and death, as it is told by the friends and family who survived him and knew him best, mainly his sister Rasha and his best friend Ghassan. At the heart of the film is the story Rasheed’s sister, Rasha who has not coped well with her brother’s loss. Rasheed captures one of the many war stories from the southern city of Sidon, Lebanon through Badih’s own personal journey. Discussion with director Samia Badih to follow via Skype. Directed by Samia Badih, documentary, 74 minutes, USA/ Lebanon, UAE, 2017.

Prevenge – 10/31

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A pitch black, wryly British comedy from the mind of Alice Lowe, “Prevenge” follows Ruth, a pregnant woman on a killing spree that’s as funny as it is vicious. It’s her misanthropic unborn baby dictating Ruth’s actions, holding society responsible for the absence of a father. The child speaks to Ruth from the womb, coaching her to lure and ultimately kill her unsuspecting victims. Struggling with her conscience, loneliness, and a strange strain of prepartum madness, Ruth must ultimately choose between redemption and destruction at the moment of motherhood. Discussion led by Boston Underground Film Festival artistic director Kevin Monahan to follow. Directed by Alice Lowe, drama/ horror, 88 minutes, UK, 2016.

Motherland – 11/28

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Taking us into the heart of the planet’s busiest maternity hospital, the viewer is dropped like an unseen outsider into the hospital’s stream of activity. At first, the people are strangers. As the film continues, it’s absorbingly intimate, rendering the women at the heart of the story increasingly familiar. Discussion moderated by Visual Media Arts professor Maria Agui Carter with alumna director Romana S. Diaz to follow. Documentary, 94 minutes, USA/ Philippines, 2017.

Tom of Finland – 12/7

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Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience serving his country in World War II, but life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing. He finds peace-time Helsinki rampant with persecution of the homosexual and men around him even being pressured to marry women and have children. Touko finds refuge in his liberating art, specializing in homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free of inhibitions. His work made famous by his signature ‘Tom of Finland’ – became the emblem of a generation of men and fanned the flames of a gay revolution. Discussion led by faculty member and The New York Times Magazine Writer Benoit Denizet-Lewis to follow. Directed by Dome Karukoski, Drama, 115 minutes, Finland, 2017

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