<< March 2020 >>

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Film: 8 1/2

Film - Feature | March 1 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

After the screening on February 15, 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).

A traffic-jam nightmare, a literal flight of fancy, nuns and whores and more: 8...   More >

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Film: A Fellini Omnibus

Film - Short | March 4 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The three works in tonight’s program were originally released as parts of omnibus films. In The Marriage Agency, Fellini’s contribution to the neorealist anthology Love in the City, a reporter comes into the agency pretending that he is looking for a wife for his friend who has delusions of being a werewolf. To his surprise, they have just the woman for him. The Temptations of Doctor Antonio,...   More >

Film: Chez Jolie Coiffure

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Hair can be many things to many people, but in Rosine Mbakam’s elegant, warmhearted documentary it makes up the strands that tie the West African customers and staff of one small Brussels hair salon to one another and to their homeland. The store’s and the film’s heart is salon owner Sabine, a Cameroonian immigrant, surrogate mother and sister, community protector, lioness and confidant, weaving...   More >

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Film: The Godfather

Film - Feature | March 5 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“If ever there was a great example of how the best popular movies come out of a merger of commerce and art, The Godfather is it,” wrote critic Pauline Kael during the release of Coppola’s gangster epic, now recognized as one of the pinnacles of Hollywood cinema. As ingrained in American culture as the moon landing, with Brando, Pacino, and the Corleone family probably more recognizable than many...   More >

Friday, March 6, 2020

Film: In Search of Voodoo: Roots to Heaven

Film - Documentary | March 6 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Described by Variety as “vivid and heartfelt,” In Search of Voodoo: Roots to Heaven seeks to illuminate the practice of faith that is prevalent in West Africa, specifically Benin, known as “the cradle of Voodoo.” The documentary weaves together personal, cultural, and spiritual journeys—capturing the vibrant tales of Voodoo, West Africa, and Benin’s favorite son, actor Djimon Hounsou. Following...   More >

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Film: The Rain People

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A disaffected Long Island housewife ditches her man, hits the road, and never stops heading west in Coppola’s striking early work, described as a female Easy Rider yet overflowing with flashbacks and a loose energy that recalls the French New Wave. Like his heroine, Coppola abandoned both the ease and the restrictions of an enclosed realm—in his case, the studio system—and lit out for freedom;...   More >

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Guy Maddin on Federico Fellini

Film - Short | March 11 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin, perhaps best known for his autobiographical mockumentary My Winnipeg (2007), is one of cinema’s leading creative talents. A devoted cinephile, he has long embraced an aesthetic that mines and reinterprets historical styles and genre conventions, from Soviet Modernism and German Expressionism to melodrama and the dance film. In celebration of Federico Fellini’s...   More >

Film: Spell Reel

Film - Documentary | March 11 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Portuguese artist Filipa César’s Spell Reel is “the result of a multifaceted research and digitization project that she initiated in 2011 with Sana na N’Hada and Flora Gomes. Having studied film in Cuba, the two began using the camera to observe the fight for independence [from Portugal] in Guinea-Bissau (1963–74). After the decaying visual and audio material was digitized in Berlin, the...   More >

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

CANCELED - AFMI Film Screening: Freedom Fields

Film - Documentary | March 17 | 4-6 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall | Canceled

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

As part of the campus’s strategy to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) on campus, the CMES will be cancelling all further events this month. . For more information on UC Berkeley’s response to the coronavirus, see: https://news.berkeley.edu/coronavirus/

An honest portrayal of patriarchal restraints, Freedom Fields explores the lengths some are willing to take in order to pursue their...   More >

CANCELED: Film Screening of "Eminent Monsters: A Manual for Modern Torture"

Film - Documentary | March 17 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 140 Law Building

 Stephen Bennett, Director/Producer of "Eminent Monsters"; Smadar Ben-Natan, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley; Laurel E. Fletcher, Berkeley Law; Harvey Weinstein, Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley

 Eric Stover, Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley

 Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law, Berkeley Law

In the 1950s the CIA and Canada covertly funded psychiatrist Dr. Ewen Cameron to embark on the darkest program of psychological experimentation in modern history. His techniques have since been used in 27 countries around the world. Director Stephen Bennett shines fresh light upon claims of collusion between doctors and the state and lays bare the legacy of pain left behind by Cameron.

  RSVP online by March 12.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Cine Latino: Canción sin nombre (Song Without a Name)

Film - Feature | March 19 | 7 p.m. | 160 Kroeber Hall

 Center for Latin American Studies

Georgina (Pamela Mendoza) is a young Quechua woman whose newborn daughter is stolen at a fake health clinic. Her desperate search for the child leads her to the headquarters of a major newspaper, where she meets Pedro Campos, a lonely journalist who takes on the investigation. 97 minutes. Spanish and Quechua with English subtitles.

“… short but stately, “Song Without a Name” dreams and...   More >