<< February 2018 >>

Thursday, February 1, 2018

A Man Returned: 70th Anniversary of Al-Nakba Film Series

Film - Feature | February 1 | 6-7 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Arab Film Festival

Director: Mahdi Fleifel
Country: Lebanon, Palestine 2016
Languages: Arabic
Short Film
30 mins - Color

Reda is 26 years old. His dreams of escaping the Palestinian refugee camp Ain El-Hilweh in Lebanon ended in failure after three years trapped in Greece. He returned with a drug addiction to life in a camp torn apart by internal strife and the encroachment of war from Syria. Against all...   More >

Film: Persona

Film - Feature | February 1 | 7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Exploring the strange symbiosis between a speechless actress (Liv Ullmann) and her nurse companion (Bibi Andersson), this is “Bergman at his most brilliant” (Time Out).

Friday, February 2, 2018

Film: The End of the Ottoman Empire

Film - Documentary | February 2 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This recent documentary offers an overview of the Ottoman Empire and its decline, the essential backstory of our world today.

Woman in the Dunes

Film - Feature | February 2 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The sands of time have not worn away the startling beauty of Woman in the Dunes, nor answered the fundamental questions of identity and commitment the film poses. A young widow lives in a pit-house and is fed by her neighbors; she is forced to constantly clear her pit of the sands that threaten to engulf the whole village. The villagers bring a passing entomologist, who has missed his bus home,...   More >

Film: Woman in the Dunes

Film - Feature | February 2 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The sands of time have not worn away the startling beauty of Hiroshi Teshigahara’s adaptation of Kobo Abe’s acclaimed postmodernist novel. “It’s like a dream—the kind from which you awake bolt upright in a cold sweat” (The Guardian).

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Film: Memories of Underdevelopment

Film - Feature | February 3 | 5 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The Cuban cinema reached full maturity with this classic study of a bourgeois writer who stays in Cuba after the revolution, despite his alienation from the new society and the loss of all his friends to Miami. Based on novelist/screenwriter Edmundo Desnoes’s autobiographical Inconsolable Memories, Memories of Underdevelopment became the first feature-length film from post revolutionary Cuba to...   More >

Memories of Underdevelopment

Film - Feature | February 3 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The Cuban cinema reached full maturity with this classic study of a bourgeois writer who stays in Cuba after the revolution, despite his alienation from the new society and the loss of all his friends to Miami. Based on novelist/screenwriter Edmundo Desnoes’s autobiographical Inconsolable Memories, Memories of Underdevelopment became the first feature-length film from postrevolutionary Cuba to be...   More >

Film: Shame

Film - Feature | February 3 | 7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“Set a tiny step into the future, the film has the inevitability of a common dream. . . . One of Bergman’s greatest films, [and] one of the least known” (Pauline Kael). Fleeing a civil war in their country, a couple (Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann), both musicians, retreat to a remote island to grow fruit and cultivate their mutual love. But war overtakes them, exacting its total surrender of...   More >

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Film: Ex Libris: The New York Public Library

Film - Documentary | February 4 | 3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Frederick Wiseman’s latest documentary provides welcome confirmation of the survival of intelligent life in discouraging times. Ex Libris demonstrates the dedication of the New York Public Library, with eighty-eight branches spread across five boroughs, to support and reflect the vibrant diversity of the city at its best. Observing board meetings, celebrity speaker series, and galas;...   More >

Film: A Film Unfinished

Film - Feature | February 4 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

At the end of World War II, film footage of the Warsaw Ghetto was found in an East German archive. First treated as an accurate historical record and used in documentary films, in 1998—when outtakes were discovered—it was revealed to be an unfinished propaganda film, Das Ghetto. “Hersonski embarks on a critical analysis of Das Ghetto that is remarkable as much for its speculative restraint as for...   More >

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Film: Battleship Potemkin

Film - Feature | February 7 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Instructed to make a film to commemorate the 1905 revolution, Eisenstein chose to base his script on the mutiny on the battleship Potemkin of the Black Sea Fleet and the ensuing involvement of the people of Odessa. The sailors’ revolt is both premise and metaphor for a tale told virtually entirely through images and their rhythmic juxtaposition and repetition, the purest cinema imaginable; the...   More >

Cine Latino: Dolores

Film - Feature | February 7 | 7-9 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Center for Latin American Studies

Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. 95 minutes. English and Spanish with English subtitles.

(Dolores Huerta organizing marchers on the 2nd day of March Coachella in California, 1969. © 1976 George Ballis/Take Stock/The Image Works/Courtesy of Ro*co.)

Film: The Red Line

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

José Filipe Costa’s response to Thomas Harlan’s Torre Bela “re-examine[s] Harlan’s work and his role as observer, participant, and perhaps direct influence upon the events. . . . The Red Line offers a nuanced and fascinating look back upon the revolutionary movement and its aftermath while paying homage to the work of Harlan and his editors, and the difficult, perhaps impossible, path of the...   More >

East of Salinas: February's Movie at Moffitt

Film - Documentary | February 7 | 7-9 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Library

East of Salinas takes us to the heart of California’s “Steinbeck Country,” the Salinas Valley, to meet a bright boy and his dedicated teacher — both sons of migrant farm workers. With parents who are busy working long hours in the fields, third grader Jose Ansaldo often turns to his teacher, Oscar Ramos, for guidance. But Jose is undocumented; he was born in Mexico. Like many other migrant...   More >

 Must have a UCB student ID for entrance.

Movies at Moffitt Image

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Documentary Screening: And Then They Came For Us

Film - Documentary | February 8 | 6:15-8:15 p.m. | 150 University Hall

 DICE

Please join SPH's DICE at a documentary screening of And Then They Came For Us - a film that draws on the parallels between Japanese Internment and the current Muslim Ban. Q&A with the Co-Director, Abby Ginzberg, and Community Activist, Satsuki Ina, to follow. Please RSVP! Food provided!

Film: Hour of the Wolf

Film - Feature | February 8 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Hour of the Wolf intertwines supernatural mysteries with the no less mysterious torments of creativity. Alma (Liv Ullmann) tells of her life on a remote island with her artist husband (Max von Sydow), who has disappeared, leaving only his diary. The strange occurrences she relates invoke the waking nightmares of gothic horror, yet in creating this eerie tale, Bergman drew on his own experiences...   More >

Friday, February 9, 2018

Film: Battleship Potemkin

Film - Feature | February 9 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Instructed to make a film to commemorate the 1905 revolution, Eisenstein chose to base his script on the mutiny on the battleship Potemkin of the Black Sea Fleet and the ensuing involvement of the people of Odessa. The sailors’ revolt is both premise and metaphor for a tale told virtually entirely through images and their rhythmic juxtaposition and repetition, the purest cinema imaginable; the...   More >

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Film: The End of the Ottoman Empire

Film - Documentary | February 10 | 2 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This recent documentary offers an overview of the Ottoman Empire and its decline, the essential backstory of our world today.

Film: Alexander Nevsky

Film - Feature | February 10 | 4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Alexander Nevsky also screens on April 11 (with a lecture by Anne Nesbet) as part of the series In Focus: Eisenstein and His Contemporaries.
On February 10, enjoy a Film to Table dinner at Babette, the cafe at BAMPFA. Join an intimate group of fellow filmgoers for a four-course, prix-fixe meal in a convivial, dinner-party atmosphere. Purchase dinner tickets in advance at babettecafe.com (film...   More >

Film: The Hitch-Hiker

Film - Feature | February 10 | 8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Many, including Lupino herself, have called The Hitch-Hiker her best film. It is her only classic noir, a tour-de-force thriller in which agony is externalized in striking camerawork and on-pulse editing. Two Americans on a Mexican fishing trip pick up a hitchhiker, and their car and lives are suddenly commandeered by a psychopathic gunman with one eye that never closes, even in sleep. In the...   More >

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Film: Ivan the Terrible, Part I

Film - Series | February 11 | 2 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Ivan the Terrible, Part I also screens on April 18 (with a lecture by Anne Nesbet) as part of the series In Focus: Eisenstein and His Contemporaries.

Like Alexander Nevsky, Ivan the Terrible is a collaboration with “that magician Sergei Prokofiev,” as Eisenstein called him; it has a strange magic bordering on sorcery. Filmed under difficult wartime conditions, it is set in sixteenth-century...   More >

Film: Ivan the Terrible, Part II

Film - Series | February 11 | 4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Ivan the Terrible, Part II also screens on April 25 (with a lecture by Anne Nesbet) as part of the series In Focus: Eisenstein and His Contemporaries.

The second part of Eisenstein’s unfinished trilogy is mainly concerned with Ivan’s return to the throne and his ruthless opposition to the schemes of the boyars to keep Russia divided among its princes and foreign interests. Stalin took a...   More >

Film: Hard, Fast and Beautiful

Film - Feature | February 11 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Ida Lupino’s taut tennis drama depicts the complexities and limits of female ambition in postwar suburban America and contains an early exposé of corruption in amateur sports. Tennis prodigy Florence (Sally Forrest) is torn between her own dedication to her sport, using tennis to fulfill the materialistic dreams of her ambitious mother (Claire Trevor), and her desire to please her doting fiancé....   More >

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Sacred Mountains. Abrahamic Religions and Musical Practices in the Mediterranean Area

Film - Documentary | February 13 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Free and open to the public

A documentary devoted to three pilgrimages to sacred mountains in the three Abrahamic Religions. The work explores the role of music practices as a way of prayer and participation, and the importance of sound in shaping and giving meaning to places. The narrative is shaped around three episodes, each devoted to a different event, following the usual moments of a...   More >

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Film: the New Babylon

Film - Feature | February 14 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

We present The New Babylon with Dmitri Shostakovich’s original symphonic score for the silent film. Originally banned for its excess and aestheticism, this energetic avant-garde extravaganza represents a culmination of the experimental Factory of the Eccentric Actor (FEKS), founded by directors Kozintsev and Trauberg. Set in the 1871 Paris Commune and centered around a posh department store...   More >

Film: Ex Libris: The New York Public Library

Film - Documentary | February 14 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Frederick Wiseman’s latest documentary provides welcome confirmation of the survival of intelligent life in discouraging times. Ex Libris demonstrates the dedication of the New York Public Library, with eighty-eight branches spread across five boroughs, to support and reflect the vibrant diversity of the city at its best. Observing board meetings, celebrity speaker series, and galas;...   More >

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Ito Sisters: An American Story

Film - Documentary | February 15 | 5-7 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Community Center

 Antonia Grace Glenn, Director/Producer; Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley; Michael Omi, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Department of Ethnic Studies

Join us for a screening of the film "The Ito Sisters: An American Story," followed by Q&A with the Director/Producer Antonia Grace Glenn and Processor Evelyn Nakano Glenn and Michael Omi.

THE ITO SISTERS captures the rarely told stories of the earliest Japanese immigrants to the United States and their American-born children. In particular, the film focuses on the experiences of Issei (or...   More >

Film: Cries and Whispers

Film - Feature | February 15 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Cries and Whispers depicts the final day of Agnes (Harriet Andersson), who lies in bed with cancer. Her most dear ones—her sisters, Maria (Liv Ullmann) and Karin (Ingrid Thulin), and a companion, Anna (Kari Sylwan)—watch over her. In a film as formal as a clock’s tick, Bergman restricts his palette to colors of blood, his close-ups to the image of the soul. The four women want strength to face...   More >

Friday, February 16, 2018

Film: Alexander Nevsky

Film - Feature | February 16 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Alexander Nevsky also screens on April 11 (with a lecture by Anne Nesbet) as part of the series In Focus: Eisenstein and His Contemporaries.
On February 10, enjoy a Film to Table dinner at Babette, the cafe at BAMPFA. Join an intimate group of fellow filmgoers for a four-course, prix-fixe meal in a convivial, dinner-party atmosphere. Purchase dinner tickets in advance at babettecafe.com (film...   More >

Film: Notfilm

Film - Feature | February 16 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In 1965 Samuel Beckett released his only film, a collaboration with Buster Keaton that obliquely explored cinema and perception. Ross Lipman’s fascinating kino-essay examines the production and implications of the resulting Film. Drawing on outtakes, audio recordings, and other rare archival materials, Notfilm is “a brilliant examination of its significance in relation to Beckett’s dramatic works...   More >

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Film: Microcosmos

Film - Feature | February 17 | 3:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“Microcosmos is an amazing film that allows us to peer deeply into the insect world and marvel at creatures we casually condemn to squishing. The makers of this film took three years to design their close-up cameras and magnifying lenses, and to photograph insects in such brilliant detail,” wrote Roger Ebert, one of the film’s many admirers. “The movie is a work of art and whimsy as much as one...   More >

Film: Autumn Sonata

Film - Feature | February 17 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

After the screening, enjoy a Film to Table dinner at Babette, the cafe at BAMPFA. Join an intimate group of fellow filmgoers for a four-course, prix-fixe meal in a convivial, dinner-party atmosphere. Purchase dinner tickets in advance at babettecafe.com (film tickets must be purchased separately).

The warm autumnal hues of a house on a lake give a false, perhaps wished-for sense of security to...   More >

Film: The Bigamist

Film - Feature | February 17 | 8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In The Bigamist, Edmond O’Brien is a salesman whose icy wife (Joan Fontaine) runs the business (freezers) while he travels. He becomes involved with a warm and spunky waitress (Ida Lupino) and, when she has his child, marries her out of a sense of propriety. Thus he embarks on a double life, commuting between two marriages, two classes, and two cities: Fontaine’s patrician San Francisco and...   More >

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Film: Satantango

Film - Feature | February 18 | 1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Béla Tarr’s seven-and-a-half-hour opus of melancholia was hailed as one of the most important films of the 1990s—and as a definitive statement on the end of communism, an interim report on the state of humanity, and a prayer call for a society on the edge of collapse. The members of a rural farm collective eke out their days through a series of failed hopes, unsuccessful relationships, and...   More >

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Unrest film screening and panel discussion: ME/CFS: Spotlighting a Neglected Disease

Film - Documentary | February 20 | 4:30-8 p.m. | David Brower Center, Goldman Theater

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Lily Chu, Board member, Stanford University ME/CFS Initiative; Ronald W. Davis, Professor of Biochemistry and Genetics, Stanford University School of Medicine; Jose G. Montoya, Professor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine; Allison Ramiller MPH '19, Scientific Administrator, Solve ME/CFS Initiative

 David Tuller MPH '06, DrPH '13, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Public Health

 Public Health, School of

Join us for a screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary Unrest, chronicling the impact of ME/CFS on the lives of patients around the world, followed by a panel discussion comprised of members of the film team and local clinicians and scientists specializing in ME/CFS.

  Register online

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Film: The End of St. Petersburg

Film - Feature | February 21 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

An exploited peasant suffers through the horrors of war and capital before awakening to the possibility of revolution in Pudovkin’s 1927 dramatic epic, made alongside Eisenstein’s October to honor the tenth anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution. While October offers a more sweeping, collectivist account of the period, The End of St. Petersburg benefits from a more personal focus on how the...   More >

Film: Fish Tail

Film - Feature | February 21 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Between 1998 and 2002, Portuguese filmmakers Joachim Pinto and Nuno Leonel (What Now? Remind Me) shot footage of their friend Artur and his family, fishermen living in the remote Azores Islands, who fear that the end of small-scale fishing is near. They returned to the footage recently to create this beautiful, moving essay film. With respect and affection, they observe and consider their...   More >

Cine Latino: Woodpeckers

Film - Feature | February 21 | 7-9 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Center for Latin American Studies

Standing in windows or out in prison yards, love – and heated liaisons – blossom. Shot on location at the actual prison using real inmates for all but the lead roles, it was the first Dominican film to screen at the Sundance Film Festival.

Image in "Woodpeckers." (Photo courtesy of Outsider Pictures.)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Importance of the Chinese Exclusion Act: Lessons for Today

Film - Documentary | February 22 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium #310

 Rosemarie Nahm, Board member, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation; Buck Gee, Board President, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation; Catherine Choy, Professor, UC Berkeley; Leti Volpp, Professor, Center for Race & Gender

 Irene Bloemraad, Professor, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiatie & UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, Center for Race and Gender

We will show a 35-minute excerpt of the new PBS documentary 'The Chinese Exclusion Act' from award-winning documentary filmmakers Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu’s story of the passing of the Chinese Exclusion Act, its implications for American civil liberties and the consequences, not just for Chinese American families, but also for American identity. The documentary will be accompanied by an...   More >

(Dis)Oriented: A critical film screening and discussion

Film - Documentary | February 22 | 6-8 p.m. | 140 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Law Students for Justice in Palestine, Queer Caucus at Berkeley Law

Oriented explores the lives of three gay Palestinian friends living in Tel Aviv. The screening will be followed by a student panel that will aim to unsettle some of the assumptions presented in the film and move toward narratives of change that are neither narrow nor superficial, but rooted in deep work on sexual and gender diversity within our own communities and context.

Film: Cinema: A Public Affair

Film - Feature | February 22 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“A film begins when it ends. It begins in the conversation and exchange of opinions about it. That’s when the dream of what we’ve just seen crystallizes into reality. And in this process, we become better people, a little more free and open,” Naum Kleiman, an acclaimed film historian and Eisenstein expert, observes in this collage portrait of his twenty-five years as director of the vibrant,...   More >

100 Years: One Woman's Fight For Justice (Elouise Cobell's Inspiring Story)

Film - Documentary | February 22 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | ASUC Stores (King Student Union), Pauley Ballroom (West)

 Melinda Janko, Director and Producer, A fire In the Belly Productions, Inc.

 Equity and Inclusion, Vice Chancellor, Office of Chancellor, Human Resources, American Indian Graduate Student Association, Native American Studies, Joseph A. Myers for Research on Native American Issues

Melinda Janko, Director and Producer, A fire in the Belly Productions, Inc. comes to UCB, to present her 75-minute documentary.

  RSVP by calling Carmen Foghorn or Cindy Andallo at 510-642-3228, or by emailing Carmen Foghorn or Cindy Andallo at aigp@berkeley.edu

Friday, February 23, 2018

Film Screening: The Sacrifice

Film - Feature | February 23 | 4-6:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Shot in Sweden by Ingmar Bergman’s cinematographer Sven Nykvist, The Sacrifice is set in Tarkovsky country: a vast, airy home on a remote Baltic island whose shores evoke the edge of the world. A retired actor, Alexander (Erland Josephson), finds himself in retreat from the world on the occasion of his birthday celebration, elaborately orchestrated by his bourgeois family. The television and a...   More >

Film: The Sacrifice

Film - Feature | February 23 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Shot in Sweden by Ingmar Bergman’s cinematographer Sven Nykvist, The Sacrifice is set in Tarkovsky country: a vast, airy home on a remote Baltic island whose shores evoke the edge of the world. A retired actor, Alexander (Erland Josephson), finds himself in retreat from the world on the occasion of his birthday celebration, elaborately orchestrated by his bourgeois family. The television and a...   More >

Blaxploitation: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema

Film - Documentary | February 23 | 7-9 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

Italian Society @Berkeley, Italian Society @Berkeley

 Department of Italian Studies

Filmmaker Fred Kuwornu (18 IUS SOLIS) will be presenting his latest documentary, BLAXPLOITATION: 100 YEARS OF BLACKNESS IN ITALIAN CINEMA, which examines the contributions to Italian cinema made by African-American actors, such as Woody Strode and Fred Williamson, and African-Italian actors such as Zeudi Araya and Germano Gentile.
Following the screening there will be a Q&A with Fred...   More >

Blaxploitation: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema

Film - Documentary | February 23 | 7-9 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

Italian Society @Berkeley, Italian Society @Berkeley

 Department of Italian Studies

Filmmaker Fred Kuwornu (18 IUS SOLIS) will be presenting his latest documentary, BLAXPLOITATION: 100 YEARS OF BLACKNESS IN ITALIAN CINEMA, which examines the contributions to Italian cinema made by African-American actors, such as Woody Strode and Fred Williamson, and African-Italian actors such as Zeudi Araya and Germano Gentile.
Following the screening there will be a Q&A with Fred...   More >

Strike

Film - Feature | February 23 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Telling of a factory workers’ strike in czarist Russia in 1912 and its brutal suppression, Strike, in its brilliant mixture of agitprop techniques and comic-grotesque stylization, reveals the influence of the explosively rich Soviet theater in which Eisenstein was involved. In surprise associations—intercutting shots of the secret police with animals, or a massacre with an abattoir—Eisenstein is...   More >

Film: Strike

Film - Feature | February 23 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Telling of a factory workers’ strike in czarist Russia in 1912 and its brutal suppression, Strike, in its brilliant mixture of agitprop techniques and comic-grotesque stylization, reveals the influence of the explosively rich Soviet theater in which Eisenstein was involved. In surprise associations—intercutting shots of the secret police with animals, or a massacre with an abattoir—Eisenstein is...   More >

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Film: Saraband

Film - Feature | February 24 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A blistering sequel to Scenes from a Marriage, Bergman’s final work proved that his grasp of human foibles had only sharpened, not mellowed, with age. Still seething after all these years, ex-spouses Marianne and Johan (longtime collaborators Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson) are reunited when Marianne visits the surly old contrarian on his isolated estate. Slipping into the half-fond,...   More >

Film: On Dangerous Ground

Film - Feature | February 24 | 8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Nicholas Ray’s study of the vigilante mentality is here personified in one pent-up, brutalizing cop. Ray pegs the impulse toward vengeance, like that of forgiveness, as a personal moment, even when it belongs to the crowd. Robert Ryan’s Jim Wilson is a particular kind of big-city neurotic, tortured by his cheerless existence. On the streets, he is judge and jury: we are all guilty of being human....   More >

Monday, February 26, 2018

East Side Sushi

Film - Documentary | February 26 | 5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium | Tickets sold out

 Anthony Lucero, Director; Tomoharu Nakamura, Chef

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Join us for a screening of the a film East Side Sushi, followed by a Q&A with the Director Anthony Lucero and
Chef Tomoharu Nakamura of Wako Japanese Restaurant.

East Side Sushi introduces us to Juana, a working-class Latina single mother who strives to become a sushi chef.

Years of working in the food industry have made Juana’s hands fast—very fast. She can...   More >

Free

  Sold out. Sold Out Buy tickets online

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Film: October

Film - Feature | February 28 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Made to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the October Revolution, October has taken on newsreel status: its famously excerptable scenes of the storming of the Winter Palace are said to be more spectacular and better attended than the actual event. But to see the film now is to re-experience the shock with which its experimentation was met on its initial release. (That release was held up while...   More >

Mariannes Noires: Afropean Mosaics

Film - Documentary | February 28 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Mame-Fatou Niang, Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Carnegie Mellon University

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies

What is it to be Black in France? Black and French? Mariannes Noires follows seven French women of African and Caribbean descent. They are filmmakers, dancers, entrepreneurs and intellectuals whose Frenchness is rooted in a cultural space stretching from Metropolitan France to Africa and its mama diasporas.

Film: In the Year of the Pig

Film - Feature | February 28 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Emile de Antonio’s Academy Award–nominated In the Year of the Pig makes the case against US intervention in Vietnam using an incendiary montage style. The film “connects the bloody dots between politicians and business leaders, Western imperialists, and puppet governments, using a collage of rare archival footage from the French colonial period, film dispatches from the current conflict, and...   More >