Film Talks

Cinema education, discussions, and workshops for the public.

Many of the films we screen at SIFF start a conversation, inspire an action, or pose a question. These film appreciation talks provide a forum for cinema audiences to discuss the history and culturally relevant contemporary issues across the art of film, deepening audience understanding and desire for quality cinematic experiences. Film Talks run the range from single-session conversations to multi-session series. 

BANNED! Witch Hunt - Hybrid Film Talk

January 12, 2022

SIFF Film Center

Week 1 of BANNED! will focus on silent era films Birth Control (Margaret Sanger, 1917) and Häxan (Benjamin Christensen, 1922).

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BANNED! Verboten - Hybrid Film Talk

January 19, 2022

SIFF Film Center

Week 2 of BANNED! will focus on anti-war films All Quiet on the Western Front (Lewis Milestone, 1930) and The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1967).

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BANNED! Counterculture Canceled - Hybrid Film Talk

January 26, 2022

SIFF Film Center

Week 3 of BANNED! will focus on obscenity and censorship through Vilgot Sjoman’s I am Curious (Yellow) and John Waters’ Pink Flamingos.

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BANNED! Crucified - Hybrid Film Talk

February 2, 2022

SIFF Film Center

Week 4 of BANNED! will focus on Nagisa Oshima’s In the Realm of the Senses (1976), a pornographic art film from Japan, and the delightfully blasphemous Monty Python’s The Life of Brian (1979), directed by Terry Jones.

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BANNED! Outlaws - Hybrid Film Talk

February 9, 2022

SIFF Film Center

Week 5 of BANNED! will focus on Martin Scorsese’s controversial film The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) and Wanuri Kahiu’s Rafiki (2018), a Kenyan film banned in its home country for it’s positive depiction of lesbian romance.

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