A SIFF Film Talks series examining provocative films throughout history deemed too dangerous by authorities for viewing.

BANNED! SIFF Film Talks collage with characters from Monty Python's Life of Brian, Pink Flamingoes, and the silent film Haxan

BANNED! is a five-part SIFF Film Talks series examining films throughout history that have been so provocative that they were deemed too dangerous by authorities for viewing. Some of these films were banned for offending religious sensibilities, others were banned for promoting indecency, and others banned for calling out a nation’s colonial legacy. This five-talk series will explore these films and what their legacies say about our present day film culture and about us as moviegoers. Taught by John Trafton.

In conjunction with this series, SIFF will present three BANNED! films on the big screen at the Film Center—The Battle of Algiers (January 18), In the Realm of the Senses (January 25 and January 30), and Rafiki (February 8).

Class Pass: $80 Regular | $60 SIFF members (includes all talks and screenings)
Individual Talks: $25 Sustainer | $15 Regular | $10 SIFF member
Individual Screenings: $14 Regular | $9 SIFF members

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Series Schedule

All events take place at the SIFF Film Center, beginning at 7:00pm on the date listed below. Each Film Talk will also be available virtually, livestreaming via Zoom.

Film Talks