Wander Wonder Wilderness – 9/26

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Wander, Wonder, Wilderness is a documentary project that explores the urban wilds and parks of Greater Boston. This hour long essay film chronicles the filmmaker’s engagement with green spaces in an urban environment and explores the complex notions that they reveal about human ecology. Discussion with director and professor Paul Turano to follow. Documentary, 58 minutes, USA, 2015.

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.

I am Not Your Negro – 10/3

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In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, “Remember This House.” The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. Panel discussion led by professor Kimberly McLarin to follow. Directed by Raoul Peck, documentary, 93 minutes, USA, 2017.

Whose Streets? – 10/5

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Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the national guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance. Discussion with filmmaker to follow. Directed by Sabaah Folayan, documentary, 90 minutes, USA, 2017.

Kedi – 10/10

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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 led by faculty to follow. Directed by Ceyda Torun, 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.

Band Aid – 10/17

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Anna and Ben can’t stop fighting. Advised by their therapist to try and work through their grief unconventionally, they are reminded of their shared love of music. In a last-ditch effort to save their marriage, they decide to turn all of their fights into songs, and with the help of their neighbor, Dave, they start a band. Discussion with alumni producers Natalia Anderson and Kristen Murtha. Directed by Zoe Lister-Jones, Comedy, 91 minutes, USA, 2017.

Colossal – 10/19

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Gloria is an out-of-work party girl forced to leave her life in New York City, and move back home. When reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, she gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this phenomenon. Discussion led by professor Sarah Zaidan to follow. Directed by Nacho Vigolando, Drama/Comedy, 89 minutes, USA/ Spain, 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.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power – 10/26

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Live video Q&A with Al Gore to precede the film at 6:45PM

A sequel to The Inconvenient Truth, the follow-up documentary addresses the progress made to tackle the problem of climate change and Al Gore’s global efforts to persuade governmental leaders to invest in renewable energy, culminating in the landmark signing of 2016’s Paris Climate Agreement. Directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, documentary, 98 minutes, USA, 2017.

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