<< Week of November 03 >>

Sunday, November 3, 2019

The Judge

Film - Documentary | November 3 |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Judge Kholoud Al-Faqih became the first female appointed to any of the Middle East’s Shari’a courts in 2009, challenging longstanding traditions and customs regarding women’s roles in society. Constantly battling controversy over her position, Al-Faqih offers guidance, mentorship, and support both in and outside the courts. In this intimate portrait, “we get to see Al-Faqih in her office-like...   More >

Free Screening: Films by Sally Cruikshank

Film - Series | November 3 | 3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Intrigued by the idea of seeing her drawings move, Sally Cruikshank learned to animate while in college. Her love of surreal 1930s cartoons, as well as her desire to make her own amusement park, is evident in her wildly colorful and wonderfully detailed films. The psychedelic Quasi at the Quackadero, named to the National Film Registry in 2009, and other exuberant vehicles star a recurring cast...   More >

The Judge

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Judge Kholoud Al-Faqih became the first female appointed to any of the Middle East’s Shari’a courts in 2009, challenging longstanding traditions and customs regarding women’s roles in society. Constantly battling controversy over her position, Al-Faqih offers guidance, mentorship, and support both in and outside the courts. In this intimate portrait, “we get to see Al-Faqih in her office-like...   More >

The Wind Will Carry Us: (Bad mara khahad bourd) (Le vent nous emportera)

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Kiarostami’s film of plainspoken poetry is blatantly allegorical in its messages yet mysterious and marvelous in its rhythms. A man identified as an engineer arrives in Siah Dareh, a Kurdish village growing out of the side of a hill. “If anyone asks, say we’re looking for treasure,” he advises his unseen crew; in fact they are here to record a mourning ritual, for a death expected any day. But in...   More >

The Wind Will Carry Us: (Bad mara khahad bourd) (Le vent nous emportera)

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Kiarostami’s film of plainspoken poetry is blatantly allegorical in its messages yet mysterious and marvelous in its rhythms. A man identified as an engineer arrives in Siah Dareh, a Kurdish village growing out of the side of a hill. “If anyone asks, say we’re looking for treasure,” he advises his unseen crew; in fact they are here to record a mourning ritual, for a death expected any day. But in...   More >

Monday, November 4, 2019

The Order I Live In: An Indoor Urban Symphony With Co-Director Francisco Cruces: Film Screening and Live Q&A

Film - Documentary | November 4 | 4-6 p.m. |  2334 Bowditch (Center for Latin American Studies)

 Center for Latin American Studies

Cities have been narrated from manifold perspectives, but rarely from the inside. This ethnographic documentary on contemporary urban life highlights the voices of 20 people in Madrid, Mexico City, and Montevideo.

Promotional image for "The Order I Live In." (Image courtesy of Francisco Cruces.)

"For Sama" Screening

Film - Documentary | November 4 | 6:15 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Booth Auditorium

 Human Rights Center

For Sama is an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film documents Waad Al-Kateab's life through the uprising in Aleppo, Syria, as she falls in love, gets married, and gives birth. The screening will be
followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers—currently touring with Frontline's international release of this...   More >

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Perfumed Nightmare

Film - Feature | November 6 |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Perfumed Nightmare “reminds one that invention, insolence, enchantment, even innocence, are still available to film,” Susan Sontag wrote. It merges reverie and documentary as jeepney driver “Kidlat Tahimik” dreams of a trip to the moon. Tahimik’s surreal ethnography finds wonder and mystery both at home in the Philippines and in Europe, where his ambition guides him. Critic Gene Youngblood...   More >

My Grandmother

Film - Feature | November 6 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Gogol meets Charlie Chaplin in this riotous, scathingly antibureaucratic satire. My Grandmother is a genuine piece of grotesquerie descended from the Soviet Eccentric Cinema (FEKS) of the twenties. For invention, it matches any film of the French avant-garde, taking in all kinds of advanced filmic devices such as stop-motion, bits of puppetry, and animation, as well as expressionist decor and...   More >

Screening and Discussion: “Mouth Harp in Minor Key” with Dr. Hamid Naficy

Film - Documentary | November 6 | 7-9 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Hamid Naficy, Northwestern University; Persis Karim, San Francisco State University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies

Join the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and San Francisco State's Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies for a special screening of "Mouth Harp in Minor Key", a documentary about prolific Iranian-American academic Dr. Hamid Naficy. Following the screening, Dr. Naficy will be in conversation with Dr. Persis Karim, Chair of the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies at SFSU.

Bilingual and...   More >

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Bollywood and Beyond: 3rd i's 17th Annual SF Int'l South Asian Film Festival

Film - Series | November 7 – 16, 2019 every day with exceptions |  Screenings at different locations: November 7-10 (San Francisco) November 16 (Palo Alto)

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies

The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies and the Institute for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley cosponsor 3rd i's 17th Annual SF International South Asian Film Festival. (November 7-10 and November 16, 2019).

Katka’s Reinette Apples

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In this mid-twenties comedy-melodrama, a young peasant woman named Katka (Veronika Buzhinskaya) arrives in Petrograd in the first days of the New Economic Policy. She has come to find work and to help save money for her family back home, but this goal becomes unobtainable. Down on her luck, she resorts to selling apples in the street, and it is not long before Katka encounters the city’s...   More >

Wings of a Serf

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Directed by the Belarusian Yuri Tarich, this extraordinary feature set in the sixteenth century was influential in the direction of Sergei Eisenstein’s two-part Ivan the Terrible (1944–46). As film historian Jay Leyda has written, “Wings of a Serf (shown abroad as Ivan the Terrible) is a drama of the time of Ivan IV: the unhappy fate of a serf who is so unwisely clever as to invent an apparatus...   More >

Friday, November 8, 2019

Bollywood and Beyond: 3rd i's 17th Annual SF Int'l South Asian Film Festival

Film - Series | November 7 – 16, 2019 every day with exceptions |  Screenings at different locations: November 7-10 (San Francisco) November 16 (Palo Alto)

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies

The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies and the Institute for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley cosponsor 3rd i's 17th Annual SF International South Asian Film Festival. (November 7-10 and November 16, 2019).

Two-Buldi-Two

Film - Feature | November 8 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A father-and-son clown act are separated during the Russian Civil War in this little-seen, energetic gem by the great Soviet filmmaker Lev Kuleshov, best known as the “father of montage” and for his dynamic comedy The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks. Influenced by Hollywood filmmakers like D. W. Griffith yet speeding up their aesthetics exponentially, Kuleshov’s...   More >

Still Raining Still Dreaming

Film - Series | November 8 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Uncanny landscapes and mysterious journeys emerge in these five works by filmmakers who construct surreal worlds by repurposing appropriated materials, including films, engravings, and video games. Joseph Cornell’s Rose Hobart distills the 1931 B movie East of Borneo into an uncanny twenty-minute ode to the eponymous actress. Phil Solomon’s works Last Days in a Lonely Place and Still Raining...   More >

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Bollywood and Beyond: 3rd i's 17th Annual SF Int'l South Asian Film Festival

Film - Series | November 7 – 16, 2019 every day with exceptions |  Screenings at different locations: November 7-10 (San Francisco) November 16 (Palo Alto)

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies

The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies and the Institute for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley cosponsor 3rd i's 17th Annual SF International South Asian Film Festival. (November 7-10 and November 16, 2019).

A Familiar Face

Film - Feature | November 9 | 2:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“The story of an enterprising Ukrainian ‘philistine,’ Apollon Shmyhuev (Ivan Sadovskiy), whose peaceful bourgeois existence is upset by the 1917–1921 Civil War. He accidentally joins a Bolshevik military regiment [and what ensues is] an adventure road-movie with touches of the absurd. Featuring a camel as one of the main characters and mocking Bolshevik bureaucracy and fanaticism, as well as the...   More >

Ten

Film - Feature | November 9 | 5:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

It makes sense that if Kiarostami were to create a chamber piece, the “chamber” would be the front seat of a car. It is here, on the crowded streets of Tehran, that a middle-class woman (we never know her name) does her best thinking, engages loved ones on issues of family life, and strangers on religion and the oppression of women. And it was here, we suspect, that she came to the decision to...   More >

Don Diego and Pelageya

Film - Feature | November 9 | 7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“Protazanov was a master of stylization, adapting new forms and techniques with the flexibility of a chameleon. Examining his films one can easily trace the influence of Bauer, Eisenstein, Pudovkin, Lubitsch, Griffith, the French ‘avant-garde,’ and so forth. Perhaps Don Diego and Pelageya, too, offers a stylization of sorts—but a cleverly concealed one. A comedy of the 1920s is easily...   More >