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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

To East or West: Finnish Worker's Movement in Crossroads after WWI

Lecture | April 1 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Simo Mikkonen, Finnish historian; 2014-15 Fulbright Scholar, UCB

Institute of European Studies


This talk focuses on the Finnish workers' movement, looking particularly at its ideological and political struggles after WWII. After losing the war with the Soviet Union, but avoiding outright occupation, Finland became geopolitically isolated. Furthermore, the previously banned Communist Party was legalized, which provoked a political and ideological fight between the Social Democratic and...   More >

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Explaining the Anti-Immigrant Movement in Dresden (and Beyond?)

Lecture | April 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Dr. Jost Halfmann, Professor, Insitut fuer Soziologie, Technische Universitaet Dresden

Institute of European Studies



Saturday, April 4, 2015

Tangerines (Zaza Urushadze; Estonia/Georgia, 2013): Discovering Georgian Cinema

Film - Feature | April 4 | 6:30 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


2015 Academy Award Nominee For Best Foreign Language Film!
An elderly civilian finds himself caring for two wounded soldiers from opposite sides in this insightful antiwar parable, set during the notorious 1992 Georgian-Abkhazian conflict.


$5.50 BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley Students, $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

Buy tickets by calling 510-642-5249.



The Last Crusaders (Siko Dolidze; USSR, 1934): Discovering Georgian Cinema

Film - Feature | April 4 | 8:15 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Ethnographic footage of the remote Khevsuri culture forms a scenic backdrop to this drama involving a young Khevsuri, murdered after returning from the big city, and his brother’s quest for vengeance.


$5.50 BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley Students, $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

Buy tickets by calling 510-642-5249.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Kosovo in the Official Rhetoric of Russia and the European Union

Lecture | April 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall


Branislav Radeljic, Associate Professor in International Politics, University of East London

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)


In addition to tracing EU and Russian official rhetoric employed in the case of Kosovo, Branislav Radeljic points out how problematic some of the official statements have been, sending mixed signals and therefore questioning Kosovo’s capacity to become and act as a viable state. By looking at three different periods (before 1999, 1999–2007, and post-2008), the author shows that even after the...   More >

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Roadkill on the Way to Brussels and Sarajevo?: The Closure of the ‘Mitteleuropa’ Concept

Lecture | April 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Clemens Ruthner, Professor, Department of Germanic Studies, Trinity College, Dublin

Institute of European Studies, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)


A Central European Studies lecture which discusses the problematic geopolitical/cultural discourse of Central European belonging and its closure after the 1990s



Durakovo: Village of Fools (Nino Kirtadze; France, 2008): Afterimage: Filmmakers and Critics in Conversation - Nino Kirtadze

Film - Documentary | April 9 | 7:30 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Nino Kirtadze; Michael Guillen

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


An eye-opening documentary shot on the grounds of Durakovo, a “rehabilitation” center outside Moscow. In this gated compound, autocratic leader Mikhail Fyodorovich Morosov lords over the residents, ostensibly helping them gain skills for modern-day society. In his words, he “shapes a new man for a new Russia.”


$5.50 BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley Students, $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

Buy tickets by calling 510-642-5249.

Friday, April 10, 2015

IES Graduate Student Conference: Breaking and Building Borders in Europe

Conference/Symposium | April 10 | 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Roland Hsu, Associate Director, Stanford Humanities Center

Institute of European Studies



The Pipeline Next Door (Nino Kirtadze ; France, 2005) - Free Admission!: Afterimage: Filmmakers and Critics in Conversation - Nino Kirtadze

Film - Documentary | April 10 | 3:10 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Nino Kirtadze

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


David faces Goliath when a village of Georgian farmers takes on the BP oil corporation in this evenhanded, character-driven documentary. Kirtadze’s verité approach captures the negotiations, breakdowns, heartbreak, and anger surrounding BP’s purchase of Georgian countryside to construct a 1,700-kilometer pipeline.



Something About Georgia (Nino Kirtadze; France, 2010): Afterimage: Filmmakers and Critics in Conversation - Nino Kirtadze

Film - Documentary | April 10 | 7:30 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Nino Kirtadze; Michael Guillen

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Something About Georgia reveals the political process as well as responses by ordinary Georgians who see the independence of their nation threatened. 


$5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students, $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

Buy tickets by calling 510-642-5249.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Don’t Breathe (Nino Kirtadze; France, 2014) : Afterimage: Filmmakers and Critics in Conversation - Nino Kirtadze

Film - Documentary | April 11 | 6:30 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Nino Kirtadze

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Kirtadze blends fact and fiction in this entertaining and touching portrait of a fortysomething couple, Irma and Levan. Levan’s unclear medical prognosis feeds his hypochondria and threatens their marriage. Kirtadze spent months living with the pair, observing them, documenting situations and recreating others.


$5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students, $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

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Tell My Friends That I’m Dead (Nino Kirtadze; France, 2003): Afterimage: Filmmakers and Critics in Conversation - Nino Kirtadze

Film - Documentary | April 11 | 8:45 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Nino Kirtadze

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Kirtadze introduces perhaps her most astounding film, an intimate look at western Georgia’s elaborate mourning rituals, thusly: “The dead are not separated from the living. People involve them in their family life, talk to them, seek their advice . . . The family is never alone.”


$5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students, $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Conversation with George Soros

Lecture | April 15 | 6 p.m. |  Wheeler Auditorium | Canceled


George Soros

Mark Danner

College of Letters & Science


Ukraine. The future of Europe. Open Societies.

Join George Soros, international philanthropist, supporter of democratic ideals and causes, and one of history’s most successful investors, for a conversation covering the state of the world. Mr. Soros will be joined by Mark Danner, Chancellor's Professor of Journalism and English at UC Berkeley.


All Audiences

All Audiences

Free admission. Wheelchair accessible.

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Doomed: Russian Soldiers in France (Lev Push; USSR, 1930): Discovering Georgian Cinema

Film - Feature | April 17 | 7 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Prison escapes, mutinies, a love affair, and vengeful plots fuel this entertaining silent Russian epic, set among Russian émigrés in Paris after the First World War.


$5.50 BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley Students, $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

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Mzago and Gela (Lev Push, Shalva Khuskivadze; USSR, 1934): Discovering Georgian Cinema

Film - Feature | April 17 | 8:30 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Highlighting the traditions and culture of the rugged Khevsuri people of northeastern Georgia, Mzago and Gela is “a Khevsur’s story, reproduced by photorecording” as a secondary title states, filled with documentary-like footage of stone villages, dances, and horse races.


$5.50 BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley Students, $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Susa (Rusudan Pirveli; Georgia, 2010): Discovering Georgian Cinema

Film - Feature | April 18 | 6:30 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


A quiet young boy weaves his way through the underbelly of contemporary Georgia in this evocative update of the neorealist tradition, which takes some of that genre’s key pieces—a youthful protagonist, nonprofessional actors, and atmospheric locales—and adds director Rusudan Pirveli’s keen eye for detail.


$5.50 BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley Students, $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

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Discovering Georgian Cinema: Closing Program: Discovering Georgian Cinema

Film - Short | April 18 | 8:30 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


BAM/PFA’s eight-month retrospective of Georgian cinema closes with a pair of recent works, FELICITA (Salome Alexi; Georgia, 2009) & BAKHMARO (Salome Jashi; Germany/Georgia, 2011).


$5.50 BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley Students, $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under), $9.50 General Admission

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

15th Annual Peter N. Kujachich Lecture in Serbian and Montenegrin Studies: EU Integration and Orthodox Christianity in Serbia: Socio-Anthropological Perspectives

Lecture | April 28 | 5:45-7:45 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room


Marija Brujic, Research Associate, Institute of Ethnography and Anthropology, Univerzitet u Beogradu

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)


A major goal for Serbia's foreign policy since 2000 has been the country's integration into the EU. However, there has been a growing skepticism among the Serbian people about this objective. This ambivalence can be correlated not only with the recent economic crises in some EU countries but also with what are regarded as profound differences in cultural and religious values between Serbia and...   More >