Film - Series | October 19 | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
October 19 - November 29, 2018
"The year 1968 was a watershed that brought about radical political and social changes internationally. These changes are both reflected in and constitutive of radical new cinemas that emerged around that time, in part as a response to anticolonial wars of self-liberation and self-determination that were waged throughout Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America during the 1950s and 1960s. The films reflect the vibrant anti-imperialist discourse that formed a key node of the social movements of the 1960s, exemplified by the responses to the USVietnam War.
This series celebrates the publication of the book "1968 and Global Cinema" by featuring films from around the globe, many in new restorations. We present a selection of Ciné-tracts by Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Resnais, and other French directors; Dariush Mehrjuis The Cow, marking the Iranian New Wave; Mauritanian filmmaker Med Hondos semiautobiographical Soleil Ô; Shinsuke Ogawas raw and vital The Battle Front for the Liberation of JapanSummer in Sanrizuka; Nelson Pereira dos Santoss Brazilian Cinema Novo classic How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman; Dusan Makavejevs Yugoslavian provocation WR: Mysteries of the Organism; Larry Clarks As Above, So Below, part of the L.A. Rebellion; and short radical films from the US and Cuba. 1968 and Global Cinemathe book and the film seriestakes the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of May 1968 to examine lesser-known film cultures engaged in that moments politics and to provide new readings of key films from what has been called the long 1960s."
Guest curated by IES Visiting Scholar Christina Gerhardt
Organized by Christina Gerhardt, coeditor with Sara Saljoughi of "1968 and Global Cinema," and Kathy Geritz, film curator, BAMPFA
Presented in partnership with the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive