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CitizenFour

Opens: October 31

USA | 2014 | 120 Minutes | Laura Poitras

In January 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras received encrypted e-mails from someone identified only as "citizen four" who claimed to have information about covert surveillance programs run by US government agencies. This informant became one of the most divisive figures in modern political history: Edward Snowden.

City of God

November 4

Brazil | 2002 | Film: 130 minutes | Discussion: 30 minutes | Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund

In 2002 City of God provided a hyper-stylized view into the favela culture of Rio de Janeiro. The kinetic film still packs an emotional punch but the violence in the favelas became topical again as Brazil controversially attempted to 'clean up' it's slums for the World Cup. Our post-screening discussion will focus on not just the aftermath of Brazil's decision but also how any city can begin to effectively turn around the violence within a community in a more positive way.

Film Scoring with B.C. Campbell

September 23, 2014

USA | 1974 | 180 minutes | Roman Polanski

Composer, songwriter, and producer BC Campbell will share his appreciation with one of the great film scores of all time: Jerry Goldsmith's Chinatown

The Last Patrol

November 5

USA | 2014 | 86 Minutes | Sebastian Junger

In his latest film probing the up-close-and-personal faces of combat, journalist/filmmaker Sebastian Junger (The Perfect Storm) explores the shared struggles that soldiers and war correspondents are confronted with, mentally and emotionally, upon returning home. Sebastian Junger scheduled to attend.

The Lives of Others

October 21, 2014

Germany | 2006 | Film: 137 min | Discussion: 30 min | Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's Oscar-winning first film features an impeccable thriller woven throughout the surveillance of an artistic couple. Art and media scholar Johanna Gosse will be on hand for a post-screening discussion which will focus on the film's representation of surveillance, today's surveillance culture, and is there any way that society can avoid the seemingly inevitable surveillance state. 

Monsieur Lazhar

November 18

Canada (Québec) | 2011 | Film: 94 minutes | Discussion: 30 minutes | Philippe Falardeau

An Algerian immigrant takes over a Canadian classroom and experiences the power and challenges of educating in today's society. While struggling with his own immigration issues, he fights to educate the students in a manner that challenges the status quo. Following the screening will be a discussion of the variety of challenges facing teachers in our modern classroom, exploring any ways that public and parents can be more aware and involved in the educational system.

Moolaadé

November 11

Senegal | 2004 | Film: 124 minutes | Discussion: 30 minutes | Ousmane Sembene

Ousmane Sembene's masterpiece drove home exceptional artistic commentary on the practice of ritual female genital cutting. Setting the world of tradition against modernity, the stakes for both sides are emotionally conveyed all the way to its final striking image. Professor Kristy Leissle will be leading our post-screening discussion in an exploration of not just the tradition of the film, but the plight of women in the African continent today.

The Terrorist

November 25

India | 1998 | Film: 95 minutes | Discussion: 30 minutes | Santosh Sivan

Malli is a member of the resistance and volunteers to become a human bomb to assassinate a governmental leader. As the day grows closer she is forced to question the nature of the world and her own valuable place in it. Following this film will be a discussion with Professor Daniel Chirot about the modern face of terrorism.

Walkabout

October 28

Australia | Film: 100 minutes | Discussion: 30 minutes | Nicolas Roeg

Walkabout is a haunting, dreamlike evocation of the Australian outback, in which two young children learn to rely on a young aborigine who helps them survive in the wilderness.  After the screening we will be discussing the psychology of travel. It is used in many cultures as a rite of passage but traveling has extraordinary benefits at any time. Michael Brein (The Travel Psychologist) will be in attendance to explore what we really gain from travel.