50 Years Later: Memories of May '68 marks the events that brought nine million French students and workers together in a general strike and a unified uprising against capitalism, American imperialism, and Gaulism. This series explores the visual language of politics and protest, at once experimental and anonymous in a diverse array of “tracts” that used filmmaking as a direct, revolutionary action.
Part urban fantasy and part ethnographic group portrait, SWAGGER (Olivier Babinet, 2015, 84 min) focuses on a dozen teenagers getting by in the streets, projects and schools of Aulnay-sous-Bois, a suburb of Paris that made the headlines during the riots of 2005. Instead of concentrating on the hard knock life of his subjects, Babinet creates a colorful visual exploration, allowing the kids to showcase their dreams and desires over their fears.
Join the Middle East Music Ensemble in celebrating the last concert of its 20th Anniversary season. The program includes audience favorites the ensemble's best works from the past two decades of performing traditional and folk music from the Arab world.
Doors open at 5:30, come early to beat the crowds and get a seat!
This speculative history of the wayward is an effort to narrate the open rebellion and beautiful experiment produced by young black women in the emergent ghetto, a form of racial enclosure that succeeded the plantation. The talk utilizes the reports and case files of the reformatory, private investigators, psychologists and social workers to challenge the primary tenets of these accounts, the most basic of these assumptions being that the lives represented required intervention and rehabilitation and that the question—who are you?
A screening of Unstoppable Feat, The Dances of Ed Mock, a documentary film and archive exploring the late San Francisco postmodern choreographer. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker and artist Brontez Purnell.
"50 Years Later: Memories of May '68" marks the events that brought nine million French students and workers together in a general strike and a unified uprising against capitalism, American imperialism, and Gaulism. This series explores the visual language of politics and protest, at once experimental and anonymous in a diverse array of “tracts” that used filmmaking as a direct, revolutionary action.
Brian Jacobson, Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies and History, The University of Toronto
"Sulfurous French Cinema and the Political Life/Style of Gas"
Liliana Angulo is a multi-media artist from Colombia whose work has been featured in individual and collective exhibits around the world. In her work, Angulo explores questions of the body and the image and their relationship to constructs of gender, ethnicity, language, history, and politics. Her work with communities of African descent illuminates issues of representation, racial discourse, performance, tradition, and the politics of reparation. Presented by CSGS, Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS), Provost’s Office, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and CSRPC.
Brillante Mendoza’s films immerse us in a hyper-real aesthetic of squalor with Filipinos who won’t stop trying to survive. I am concerned with formulating an ethical response to cinematic encounters across inequalities of authorship and spectatorship. When Brillante Mendoza refuses to give pleasure to the viewer, he forces us to question the basis of our identification with his images. Instead, the viewer must undergo self-destruction and trauma in a new form of watching and listening.
As part of the PanAsia Solidarity Coalition’s Spring Festival, please join us for a CRES talk program from Chrysanthemum Tran. There will be a small reception to follow.