<< Week of November 17 >>

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Shiraz: A Romance of India

Film - Feature | November 17 | 2 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Based on the romance between seventeenth-century Mughal ruler Shah Jahan and his queen, this epic silent film is the ravishing, romantic tale behind the creation of one of the world’s most iconic structures, the Taj Mahal. Shot entirely on location in India, it features lavish costumes and gorgeous settings—all the more impressive in this restoration by the BFI National Archive, which features a...   More >

Shiraz: A Romance of India

Film - Feature | November 17 | 2 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Institute for South Asia Studies

Based on the romance between seventeenth-century Mughal ruler Shah Jahan and his queen, this epic silent film is the ravishing, romantic tale behind the creation of one of the world’s most iconic structures, the Taj Mahal. Shot entirely on location in India, it features lavish costumes and gorgeous settings—all the more impressive in this restoration by the BFI National Archive, which features a...   More >

Jim Allison: Breakthrough

Film - Documentary | November 17 | 4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This documentary tells the remarkable story of the perseverance of a biological scientist who found a cure for cancer through his trailblazing immunotherapy research. Jim Allison spent a significant part of his career as a professor of immunology and director of the Cancer Research Laboratory at UC Berkeley between 1985 and 2004, and concurrently at UC San Francisco from 1997. Among his many...   More >

If . . .

Film - Feature | November 17 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“Which side will you be on?” asked the ads for Lindsay Anderson’s surrealist dissection of conformity and oppression, metaphorically set in that most brutal of institutions: boarding school. “Don’t speak to us; you’re scum,” scowl the stuffy, well-sodomized senior leaders of College House, cruelly keeping order like true sons of the Establishment. The lackadaisical fantasist Travis (Malcolm...   More >

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Boy Soldiers: The Secret War in Okinawa

Film - Documentary | November 19 | 5-8 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium (#310)

 Hanayo Oya, Journalist; Documentary Filmmaker

 Renee Pastel, Film & Media, UCB; Katherine Mezur, Comparative Literature, UCB

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Heralding the downfall of the Japanese military regime in 1945, the Battle of Okinawa has already been the topic of various documentary and fiction films. However, the history of the guerilla war, fought by Okinawan child soldiers under the command of Japanese officers, is still regarded as taboo. With an acute sense of urgency, this documentary depicts the inhumanity of militaristic...   More >

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Sky on Location

Film - Feature | November 20 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Babette Mangolte, Filmmaker

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Babette Mangolte wrote, “The Sky on Location explores the concept of wilderness that was unknown to me when I was raised in France. The film attempts to construct a kind of geography of the land from North to South, East to West and season-to-season through colors instead of maps. While shooting I wanted to establish the mood of the landscape as in a Turner painting. And as viewers of the film we...   More >

Thursday, November 21, 2019

CANCELLED - Screening and Discussion: Seeds of All Things

Film - Documentary | November 21 | 5-7 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall | Canceled

 Yehuda Sharim, UC Merced

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Amid the backdrop of a contentious presidential election, a health clinic in Southwest Houston is run by and for immigrants and refugees. A family from Iran is bound by love as they build a new home in the city’s most diverse neighborhood.

Yehuda Sharim is a scholar, filmmaker, and an Assistant Professor in the Program of Global Art Studies, University of California, Merced. He has directed...   More >

Routine Pleasures

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

 Babette Mangolte, Cinematographer

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“Routine Pleasures is an essay film in which Manny Farber’s work plays an essential role and my closer-than-close relationship to him is abundantly evoked. It is not a documentary on Manny (he never appears in it). It is a meditation on method and work, the American landscape, the male imaginary, the high and low of American culture, the materialist nature of artistic imagination, friendship, the...   More >

Friday, November 22, 2019

ABC Africa

Film - Feature | November 22 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

For his first film shot outside Iran, Kiarostami went to Uganda to document the reality of some 1.6 million orphans left by AIDS. But before you get out your handkerchiefs, hold on: the director of And Life Goes On finds life wherever he goes. The Uganda Women’s Effort to Save Orphans has organized women widowed by AIDS into cells of mutual support and creative entrepreneurship. They are creating...   More >

ABC Africa

Film - Feature | November 22 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

For his first film shot outside Iran, Kiarostami went to Uganda to document the reality of some 1.6 million orphans left by AIDS. But before you get out your handkerchiefs, hold on: the director of And Life Goes On finds life wherever he goes. The Uganda Women’s Effort to Save Orphans has organized women widowed by AIDS into cells of mutual support and creative entrepreneurship. They are creating...   More >

Vintage: Families of Value

Film - Documentary | November 22 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Thomas Allen Harris explores the intersections of race, family, and sexuality in this pioneering essay film, which focuses on three groups of queer black siblings (including the director and his brother) and the dynamics that have evolved between themselves, their families, and the worlds through which they travel. Jumping between multiple film stocks and video formats, interviews and monologues,...   More >

CineSpin: The Unholy Three

Film - Feature | November 22 | 9:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Join the BAMPFA Student Committee for the 2019 edition of CineSpin, where local student musicians and DJs provide live musical accompaniment to great films. Justifiably one of the most celebrated collaborations between director Tod Browning and star Lon Chaney, The Unholy Three centers on a trio of sideshow performers—a ventriloquist, a strongman, and a dwarf—who, after an incident during a show,...   More >

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Homework

Film - Documentary | November 23 | 12:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Only Kiarostami could turn a documentary about homework into a delightful, absorbing, and stirring portrait of the “human condition.” The style is simplicity itself: the film consists of a series of interviews with several little boys (and, occasionally, with their parents) about the Iranian school system and its methods of assigning homework. Beleaguered by their rigorous workload, the boys...   More >

Jim Allison: Breakthrough

Film - Documentary | November 23 | 3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This documentary tells the remarkable story of the perseverance of a biological scientist who found a cure for cancer through his trailblazing immunotherapy research. Jim Allison spent a significant part of his career as a professor of immunology and director of the Cancer Research Laboratory at UC Berkeley between 1985 and 2004, and concurrently at UC San Francisco from 1997. Among his many...   More >

The Servant

Film - Feature | November 23 | 5 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“Don’t be fooled . . . by PBS prestigerie like Upstairs Downstairs,” critic Raymond Durgnat wrote in 1977 (and decades later, we would add Downton Abbey to the comparison); “they’re nostalgic recuperations of all the tensions plotted by Harold Pinter and Joseph Losey in this, their seminal study of master-servant relationships. How and why does the rich young man with aristocratic pretensions...   More >

Ash Is Purest White

Film - Feature | November 23 | 7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A gangster’s wife stands on her own in Jia Zhangke’s expansive narrative of empowerment and survival, set against the tumultuous political and cultural changes of twenty-first-century China. Jia’s wife and longtime muse Zhao Tao, whose roles in his Unknown Pleasures and Still Life serve as inspiration, stars as a woman saddled with a mobster lover who’s seen one too many John Woo films; she first...   More >