<< Week of May 17 >>

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Old Dog

Film - Feature | May 12 | 5 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Pema Tseden’s absolutely mesmerizing third feature, Old Dog, unfurls on plains some three thousand feet above sea level in the Tibetan region of the Chinese province of Qinghai. It tells the story of an aged sheepherder, his gruff grown son (who’s having trouble conceiving a child with his wife), and the old man’s Tibetan mastiff hound—a highly prized breed, much sought after by urban...   More >

Our Little Sister

Film - Feature | May 12 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Three sisters grieving their father’s death decide to “adopt” the teenage half-sister they’ve just met in Kore-eda’s captivating exploration of sibling ties, female relationships, and the passing of time, set in the idyllic, enchanting seaside town of Kamakura, Japan. As in much of the director’s work, the plot itself soon pleasurably dissolves in a string of documentary-like moments—family...   More >

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Documentary Screening: The Magnificent Journey Times and Tales of Democracy

Film - Documentary | May 16 | 4-6 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Institute of International Studies

Documentary screening followed by an open discussion on the Indian elections.

Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee was educated at the University of Calcutta, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D in 1988. He is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2003 he founded the Abdul Latif Jameel...   More >

Friday, May 17, 2019

Gehen|Bleiben. Whether to remain or to leave. A film series focusing on the topic of migration in European documentaries and films: Raving Iran

Film - Feature | May 17 | 6-8 p.m. |  Goethe-Institut San Francisco

 Institute of European Studies, Department of History, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, Goethe-Institut San Francisco, Alliance Française San Francisco

'Raving Iran" follows Anoosh and Arash, who are at the center of Tehran’s underground techno scene. Tired of hiding from the police and their stagnating career, they organize one last techno rave under dangerous circumstances in the desert. Back in Tehran, they try to sell their illegally made music album. When Anoosh is arrested, there seems to be no hope left. But then they receive a phone call...   More >

Gehen | Bleiben. Whether to remain or to leave. A film series focusing on the topic of migration in European movies and documentaries.: Raving Iran by Susanne Regina Meures (Switzerland 2016)

Film - Documentary | May 17 | 6-8 p.m. | Goethe-Institute San Franciscohttps://www.ghi-dc.org/ghi-west.html?L=0, Auditorium

 530 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

 Minoo Moallem, Introduction, Gender and Women's Studies Department, Media Studies Program, UC Berkeley

 Department of History, Institute of European Studies, Alliance Francaise San Francisco, Northern-California Chapter of the Netherlands-America Foundation, Goethe-Institute San Francisco, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington at UC Berkeley

Raving Iran (Susanne Regina Meures, Switzerland, 2016) “Raving Iran” follows Anoosh and Arash, who are at the center of Tehran’s underground techno scene. Tired of hiding from the police and their stagnating career, they organize one last techno rave under dangerous circumstances in the desert.

The Baker's Wife

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The Baker’s Wife is a warm and ribald comedy based on the idea that food is the life of a community. Under trees that cast sun-flecked shadows, village debates are diverted when the wife of the new baker runs off with a shepherd. Not that it surprises anyone (the postman rings twice in Provence, too), but the baker says he cannot be two things—cuckold and breadmaker—at the same time. It behooves...   More >

Saturday, May 18, 2019

The Silence of Others | Berkeley Premiere

Film - Documentary | May 18 | 3 p.m. |  Rialto Cinemas Elmwood

 2966 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705

 Adam Hochschild, Lecturer, UC Berkeley School of Journalism

 Robert Bahar

 Human Rights Center, The Silence of Others / El Silencio de Otros, Center for Justice and Accountability, Argot Pictures, Rialto Cinemas Elmwood

See the Berkeley, CA theatrical premiere of The Silence of Others / El Silencio de Otros at the Rialto Cinemas Elmwood.

A cautionary tale about fascism and the dangers of forgetting the past. Emmy-winning filmmakers Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar follow a movement that begins in a kitchen and evolves into a groundbreaking international lawsuit, bringing together hundreds of victims and...   More >

The Third Murder

Film - Feature | May 18 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

It looks at first like an open-and-shut case: a factory owner has been murdered and an employee, Misumi (a brilliantly enigmatic Koji Yakusho), has confessed to the crime. But when a defense lawyer tries to establish Misumi’s motive, he wanders into a web of uncertainties that are not just factual, but existential. “People hardly understand members of their own family, let alone strangers,” says...   More >