<< Week of May 04 >>

Sunday, April 28, 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 >

Joan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Painter

Film - Documentary | April 28 | 2 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

One of America’s great painters, Joan Mitchell worked continuously from the 1950s until her death in 1992, cultivating an eloquent vocabulary of abstract gesture, color, and light. Her dynamic canvases communicate a formidable balance of absolute freedom and profound pictorial intelligence, becoming ever more alive and compelling the longer you look. Marion Cajori’s elliptical and intimate...   More >

The Search

Film - Feature | April 28 | 4:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A film crew drives across the stunning Tibetan countryside to find actors for a new film in Tseden’s Kiarostamian road movie, both a metacommentary on contemporary Tibetan life and a glimpse into the power that traditional storytelling still possesses. On their travels, the filmmakers uncover tales of loves lost and gained, and meet hopeful (and hopeless) actors from young to old, including a...   More >

Borders

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

 Center for African Studies

Four women meet while riding buses across West African borders, starting in Dakar and traveling to Lagos through Bamako, Cotonou, and Ouagadougou. Despite the gorgeous landscapes of the Atlantic coast and the Sahel, not everything is beautiful: they undergo car breakdowns in the stifling heat, face highway robbers, and endure fights between passengers. But their worst fears are realized in the...   More >

Monday, April 29, 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 >

Tuesday, April 30, 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 >

Molly Kaushal | Leela in Kheriya: A documentary on the Ramlila tradition in Kheriya village

Film - Documentary | April 30 | 3-5 p.m. | 341 Dwinelle Hall | Note change in time

 Molly Kaushal, Professor of Performance Studies and Head of Janapada Sampada Division, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts

 Robert Goldman, Professor of Sanskrit and Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor in South & Southeast Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor in South and Southeast Asian Studies

A screening of Molly Kaushal's documentary on a Hindu-Muslim version of the Ramleela as it is performed in the village of Kheriya in Ferozabad District of UP.

Wednesday, May 1, 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 >

Grand Tour Italiano, 1905–1914

Film - Feature | May 1 | 3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Over a century ago, a few years after the birth of the Italian nation and the birth of the new art form of cinema, early camera operators were alert to the potential of documenting the beautiful new country for the international cinema-going market and burgeoning tourist industry. Filmmakers from Germany and France flooded in to join Italian cineastes in documenting the landscapes and customs of...   More >

In Pursuit of Silence: May Movie at Moffitt

Film - Documentary | May 1 | 7-9 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Library

In Pursuit of Silence is a meditative exploration of our relationship with silence, sound and the impact of noise on our lives. Beginning with an ode to John Cage’s ground-breaking composition 4’33”, In Pursuit of Silence takes us on an immersive cinematic journey around the globe– from a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto, to the streets of the loudest city on the planet, Mumbai during the wild...   More >

 Must have a UCB student ID for entrance.

May's Movie at Moffitt

The Fruitless Tree

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

 Center for African Studies

Aïcha Macky’s original impetus for making her first feature-length film was to reflect on her mother’s death in childbirth. Her project became even more personal as she turned to her own experience as a married woman without children. While a universal issue, infertility is a taboo topic in Niger, which has the highest average birthrate in the world. Through sharing women’s stories of being...   More >

Thursday, May 2, 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 >

Screening and Discussion: Capernaum

Film - Feature | May 2 | 4-6:30 p.m. |  Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Capharnaüm (“Chaos”), a new film by Nadine Labaki about the journey of a clever, gutsy 12-year-old boy, Zain, who survives the dangers of the city streets by his wits. He flees his parents and to assert his rights, takes them to court suing them for the “crime” of...   More >

Maborosi

Film - Feature | May 2 | 7 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 >

Friday, May 3, 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 >

Memories of Prison

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“The prison in my film is a metaphor of Brazilian society . . . the jail of social and political conventions that still represses the Brazilian people” (dos Santos). In the thirties, the Vargas dictatorship’s witch hunts captured many a leftist, including the writer Graciliano Ramos (Barren Lives), who was secretary of education in his home state of Alagoas. Ramos’s autobiographical novel, and...   More >

Saturday, May 4, 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 >

March of the Penguins

Film - Feature | May 4 | 3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This French documentary, which we present in its English version narrated by Morgan Freeman, captures the habits of emperor penguins over the course of a year, following their migration, mating rituals, laying of eggs, and search for food. We have the chance to observe (and fall in love with) the flightless birds as they waddle and slide through the snow, and come to understand how penguins care...   More >

Shoplifters

Film - Feature | May 4 | 7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A family of shoplifters and cast-offs float along the margins of Japan in Kore-eda’s 2018 Cannes Palme d’Or winner, a tribute to those who create their own bonds to unite and survive in the face of poverty and indifference. Kore-eda here extends his consistently humane, heartfelt appraisal of what it means to be a family to include people who lead their loved ones to shoplift, sell themselves,...   More >