<< Week of April 23 >>

Sunday, April 21, 2019

African Film Festival 2019

Film - Series | March 2 – May 10, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

March 2–May 10, 2019

This year’s edition of the African Film Festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora. We pay tribute to the great director Bill Gunn—also an actor, playwright, and novelist—with new restorations of two genre-benders, his radical horror film Ganja & Hess and his “meta–soap opera” Personal Problems. The latter was conceived by...   More >

The Edge of Democracy

Film - Documentary | April 21 | 12:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“Our democracy was founded on forgetting,” states filmmaker Petra Costa, an ever-present narrator guiding us through Brazil’s political history, one that has been rife with an incredible amount of controversy. Examining her native country’s democracy from when it began in 1985, focusing on Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff’s careers, Costa interweaves the personal and political to show...   More >

Wild and Scenic Film Festival: as Part of Berkeley Earth Day

Film - Series | April 21 | 3-5 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 David Brower Center, Compassionate Living, Citizens Climate Lobby, The Downtown Berkeley Association

This year’s Earth Day celebration at The David Brower Center will include two sessions of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. Information on the films, panel and tickets can be found at www.berkeleyearthday.org/film-fest.
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“Land, Sea and Sky” Activist and Adventure Films
Sunday, April 21, 3 -5 PM

“Solutions to the Climate Crisis” Films and Panel
Monday April 22, Earth Day 6:00-9:30 PM....   More >

The Chambermaid

Film - Feature | April 21 | 3:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Twenty-four-year-old Evelia cleans rooms at an upscale Mexico City hotel while taking advantage of its adult education program in her off hours. Though introverted and task-focused, she is drawn into the lives of several guests and coworkers, trading duties with Minitoy, an outgoing and ribald woman, and shyly flirting through the glass with a handsome window washer. Set entirely within the...   More >

The Load

Film - Feature | April 21 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Though rarely spoken of, the unseen contents of a plain white cargo van are at the center of Ognjen Glavonić’s tense and moving political drama about moral responsibility during times of war and conflict. Leon Lučev plays Vlada, a driver for hire for the Serbian government, transporting a vehicle from Kosovo to Belgrade. His journey takes him into unexpected territory, both physical and...   More >

Florianopolis Dream

Film - Feature | April 21 | 8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A beach holiday turns into a wry romantic roundelay as an Argentinian couple and their kids are taken under the wing of a randy and vivacious Brazilian man who offers them his family’s home to rent. As the two different broods come to know one another, partaking of local karaoke, bodysurfing, and seaside walks, a variety of dalliances and separations arise. Deftly juggling characters of different...   More >

Monday, April 22, 2019

African Film Festival 2019

Film - Series | March 2 – May 10, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

March 2–May 10, 2019

This year’s edition of the African Film Festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora. We pay tribute to the great director Bill Gunn—also an actor, playwright, and novelist—with new restorations of two genre-benders, his radical horror film Ganja & Hess and his “meta–soap opera” Personal Problems. The latter was conceived by...   More >

Grit - Film Screening and Discussion

Film - Documentary | April 22 | 4:30-8 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife Room

 Sasha Friedlander, Filmmaker; Michael Manga, Garniss H. Curtis Endowed Department Chair and Professor of Earth and Planetary Science, UC Berkeley; Sylvia Tiwon, Associate Professor of South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley; Max Rudolph, Assistant Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, UC Davis; Coen Pontoh, Editor, IndoProgress

 Nancy Lee Peluso, Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy, UC Berkeley

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

In 2006, during drilling operations by the Lapindo company in East Java, Indonesia, a mud volcano erupted from underground, rapidly submerging 16 villages and displacing 60,000 people. Shot over six years, this startling film looks at the disaster’s aftermath, and follows the local community as it confronts the drilling company and the Indonesian government.

 This event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

African Film Festival 2019

Film - Series | March 2 – May 10, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

March 2–May 10, 2019

This year’s edition of the African Film Festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora. We pay tribute to the great director Bill Gunn—also an actor, playwright, and novelist—with new restorations of two genre-benders, his radical horror film Ganja & Hess and his “meta–soap opera” Personal Problems. The latter was conceived by...   More >

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

African Film Festival 2019

Film - Series | March 2 – May 10, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

March 2–May 10, 2019

This year’s edition of the African Film Festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora. We pay tribute to the great director Bill Gunn—also an actor, playwright, and novelist—with new restorations of two genre-benders, his radical horror film Ganja & Hess and his “meta–soap opera” Personal Problems. The latter was conceived by...   More >

Maborosi

Film - Feature | April 24 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Yumiko, a troubled young woman, believes she is responsible for the death of her grandmother as well as the suicide of her first husband, Ikuo. Five years after Ikuo’s death, she is happily remarried but her guilt and sorrow are never far away. Returning to her home town, she is drawn to a clifftop by the tolling of funeral bells—and by the siren call of the maborosi, a beautiful light that lures...   More >

Screening: Arab Women-Directed Short Films

Film - Series | April 24 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

This program showcases 5 short films by and about Arab women. The showcase includes documentary, narrative, and animation spotlighting compelling, socially-relevant short format work from Tunisia, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, Palestine, and Morocco, moving through a coming of age discussion between Lebanese millennials on a ferris wheel and a young girl testing the boundaries of a Salafist...   More >

Land Grabbing or Land for Investors?

Film - Documentary | April 24 | 4:15-5:30 p.m. | #470 Stephens Hall

 Alfredo Bini, ESPM

 Science, Technology, and Society Center (STSC)

Photojournalist Mr. Alfredo Bini will present his documentary on land grabbing in Ethiopia "Land Grabbing or Land to Investors?", followed by a round-table discussion with Prof. Claudia Carr (ESPM), Prof. Jampel Dell'Angelo (VU University, Amsterdam), Prof. Paolo D'Odorico (ESPM).

Luz Obscura

Film - Documentary | April 24 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Susana de Sousa Dias continues her exploration of Portugal’s tragic past in this moving experimental essay film on political imprisonment, government oppression, and the families left behind in their wake. Like her earlier Still Life and 48, the film brings to light official images from the Portuguese secret police archives of political prisoners under the dictatorship; here, testimonies of the...   More >

Thursday, April 25, 2019

African Film Festival 2019

Film - Series | March 2 – May 10, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

March 2–May 10, 2019

This year’s edition of the African Film Festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora. We pay tribute to the great director Bill Gunn—also an actor, playwright, and novelist—with new restorations of two genre-benders, his radical horror film Ganja & Hess and his “meta–soap opera” Personal Problems. The latter was conceived by...   More >

"Dirty Looks" with Bradford Nordeen: Curating 'Dirty Looks' and Presenting the Queer Cinematic Avant-Garde

Film - Short | April 25 | 5-7 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 142 (Nestrick Room)

 Bradford Nordeen

 Department of English, Film & Media Studies, Arts Research Center

Ranging from digital drag revisionism to post-bohemian celluloid, this screening and talk showcase works from eight years of “Dirty Looks,” a queer avant-garde film series that, since 2011, has brought queer artists’ cinema to audiences in NYC, LA, the Bay Area, and in a touring series, across the country. Curator Bradford Nordeen will show highlights from the past eight years and discuss the...   More >

Tharlo

Film - Documentary | April 25 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A shepherd from the steppes finds that the big city holds more pitfalls than merely bureaucracy and dreadful karaoke in Tseden’s innovatively structured critique of Tibet’s rural-urban divide. Heading to town for his first-ever picture ID, the not-so-simple shepherd Tharlo promptly loses his sense of identity, courtesy of a modern woman with designs on his time—and money. Merging a poignant...   More >

Friday, April 26, 2019

African Film Festival 2019

Film - Series | March 2 – May 10, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

March 2–May 10, 2019

This year’s edition of the African Film Festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora. We pay tribute to the great director Bill Gunn—also an actor, playwright, and novelist—with new restorations of two genre-benders, his radical horror film Ganja & Hess and his “meta–soap opera” Personal Problems. The latter was conceived by...   More >

Movie Screening and Discussion: “Singing in Exile”

Film - Documentary | April 26 | 7-9 p.m. | 105 North Gate Hall

 Virginia Pattie Kerovpyan; Aram Kerovpyan

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Armenian Studies Program

“With the song we face ourselves, we cannot lie ...” Aram
and Virginia, an Armenian couple from the diaspora, transmit an ancestral chant tradition (traditional monodic singing), which is on the verge of disappearance, to a troupe of European actors. In view of creating a theatrical performance, the couple takes the troupe of the Wroclaw Grotowski Institute on an initiatory journey to...   More >

Tent of Miracles

Film - Feature | April 26 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Citizen Kane doused with caipirinha and given a carnival spin, dos Santos’s delightfully ribald tribute to the many cultures and races of Bahian society adapts the novel by famed author Jorge Amado. Framed as a film-within-a-film rediscovery of the secret life of a cultural figure, Tent of Miracles follows one Pedro Archanjo, an Afro-Brazilian medical school worker/musician/dancer/drinker/lover...   More >

Saturday, April 27, 2019

African Film Festival 2019

Film - Series | March 2 – May 10, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

March 2–May 10, 2019

This year’s edition of the African Film Festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora. We pay tribute to the great director Bill Gunn—also an actor, playwright, and novelist—with new restorations of two genre-benders, his radical horror film Ganja & Hess and his “meta–soap opera” Personal Problems. The latter was conceived by...   More >

I Am Not a Witch

Film - Feature | April 27 | 5:45 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Center for African Studies

“The child is a witch,” exclaim the villagers in the opening of this strikingly beautiful first feature by Rungano Nyoni. When young Shula is accused of witchcraft in her village, she is exiled, constrained in her movements, and expected to perform miracles; however, she is not prepared to live this way forever. Employing breathtaking composition, Nyoni layers magical realism, satire, and social...   More >

Four Days in Occupied Western Sahara, Africa's Last Colony: Film and Discussion with Amy Goodman

Film - Documentary | April 27 | 6-8 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

 Human Rights Center

Democracy Now!'s documentary, “Four Days in Occupied Western Sahara, Africa's Last Colony,” will be followed by a discussion with Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman, the film’s director John Hamilton of Democracy Now!, Maria Carrion of NomadsHRC and Watching Western Sahara, Prof. Stephen Zunes from USF, and Nickie Lewis from Berkeley's Human Rights Investigations Lab, and other invited guests.

India Song

Film - Feature | April 27 | 8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In India Song, Marguerite Duras effectively evokes colonial India of the thirties, contrasting the indolent life of the colonists with the squalor and suffering that lie just outside their gates and consciousness—though her camera never ventures from the abodes of the wealthy. The story concerns a beautiful woman (Delphine Seyrig), the wife of a diplomat, suffering from what Duras has called...   More >