Fall 2012

Film Screening and Panel Discussion:

Film Screening and Panel Discussion: "Bullied"

September 27, 20127:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Bullied is a documentary film that chronicles one student's ordeal at the hands of anti-gay bullies and offers an inspiring message of hope to those fighting harassment today. The film will be followed by a panel discussion about gender- and sexuality-based harassment in schools.

Sponsored by the Department of Education and the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity.

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Film: "Goranson Farm: An Uncertain Harvest" Oct. 17

October 17, 20127:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

In the 1980s, first-generation college graduate Jan Goranson returned to Maine to run the family farm upon her father's death. Over the course of 25 years, she and her family built the farm into an active organic farm serving the Midcoast.

The film follows Goranson and her husband Rob Johanson, their two sons, and their crew through the 2009 growing season, as they struggle first against the rainiest June on record, then with a potato blight that threatens to destroy their entire crop.

Goranson Farm: An Uncertain Harvest was an official selection at the Camden International Film Festival.

Co-sponsored by Film Studies and the Environmental Studies Program. Open to the public free of charge.

For more information, see the webpage

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William Wegman in Conversation: Performance, Process, and Early Video Art

William Wegman in Conversation: Performance, Process, and Early Video Art

October 18, 20124:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Artist William Wegman will return to campus on Thursday, October 18, for "William Wegman in Conversation: Performance, Process, and Early Video Art" at 4:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. Wegman will be joined for the discussion by Lori Zippay, executive director of Electronic Arts Intermix, New York City. Wegman first established himself within the contexts of video and performance art in the 1970s. In conversation with Zippay, he will comment on a selection of his early films and explain how they gave rise to and influenced his current artistic practice.

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art's Fall Open House will follow the talk, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the museum. This festive reception celebrates all the fall exhibitions on view, including William Wegman: Hello Nature (which closes Oct. 21) and Making a Presence: F. Holland Day in Artistic Photography.

All programs and exhibitions presented by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art are open to the public free of charge. Museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday: 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sunday: Special hours on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. through October 21, 2012, for the William Wegman exhibition. Closed on Mondays and national holidays.

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Film: "Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change" Oct. 18

October 18, 20127:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

7-8 PM

A stunning documentary by Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner) and filmmaker Dr. Ian Mauro (Seeds of Change), Qapirangajug explores the social and ecological impacts of a warming Arctic from the perspectives of hunters and elders. This film, the world's first Inuktitut language film with English subtitles on the topic of climate change, features beautiful footage of the north and powerful interviews with Inuit.

Sponsored by the Edgard and Geraldine Feder Foundation, Inc., courtesy of Igloolik Isuma Productions.

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Screening/Discussion: "Granito: How To Nail a Dictator" with Filmmakers Pamela Yates and Paco de Onis Oct. 29

October 29, 20127:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Filmmakers Pamela Yates and Paco de Onis come to campus for a screening and discussion of their film "Granito: How to Nail a Dictator," which won a premiere documentary award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

"Granito" is the story of five people whose destinies are joined by Guatamala's past, when a 1982 genocidal military campaign exterminated nearly 200,000 Maya people...and how a documentary film helped bring a dictator to justice.

The film, says Stephen Holden of The New York Times, "...doesn't simply relate history; it is also part of history."

Yates is an American documentary filmmaker and co-founder of Skylight Pictures (with Peter Kinoy), a company whose mission is to activate social change by creating films that advance awareness of human rights.

De Onis grew up in several Latin American countries and and produces documentary films to promote social justice.

Sponsored by the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund, the Film Studies Program, the Bowdoin Film Society, the Latin American Studies Program, the Department of Romance Languages, and the English Department.

Photo courtesy of Skylight Pictures.

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Film Screening and Discussion of

Film Screening and Discussion of "War Don Don" with Director/Producer Rebecca Richman Cohen

December 3, 20127:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

In the heart of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, United Nations soldiers guard a heavily fortified building known as the “special court.” Inside, Issa Sesay awaits his trial. Prosecutors say Sesay is a war criminal, guilty of heinous crimes against humanity. His defenders say he is a reluctant fighter who protected civilians and played a crucial role in bringing peace to Sierra Leone. With unprecedented access to prosecutors, defense attorneys, victims, and, from behind bars, Sesay himself, WAR DON DON puts international justice on trial for the world to see — finding that in some cases the past is not just painful, it is also opaque.

Sponsored by the History Department, Africana Studies Program, and Bowdoin College Lectures and Concerts Fund.

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Can We Listen to Symphonies with Our Eyes? Early Soviet Sound Cinema and Censorship

Can We Listen to Symphonies with Our Eyes? Early Soviet Sound Cinema and Censorship

January 28, 20137:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Sills Hall, Room 117

Russian Department research associate Jana Klenhova Rogoff (Humboldt University, Berlin), a specialist in early Russian cinema, will speak on the first Russian "talkies" on Monday, Jan. 28, at 7:00 pm in Room 117, Sills Hall. Her talk, "Can We Listen to Symphonies with Our Eyes? Early Soviet Sound Cinema and Censorship", focuses on the career of avant-garde film maker Mikhail Tsekhanovsky, who ran afoul of the Soviet authorities in the 1930s, only to be rediscovered in the 21st century. Ms. Rogoff will screen two of Tsekahnovsky's short experimental sound films, one of which was recently found unexpectedly in a Prague archive she is one of the first scholars in the world to study it.

This event is co-sponsored by the Russian Department, Film Studies, and faculty of Eurasian & East European Studies, and is open to the public free of charge.

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Latin American and Spanish film festival: Lope

Latin American and Spanish film festival: Lope

January 28, 20137:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Join us for the Latin American and Spanish Film Festival. Celebrate the culture and the language and expand your understanding of world cinema!

Every evening from Monday January 28th through Friday, February 1st, 2013, view a new Spanish-language film presented by Bowdoin faculty members from Romance Languages, Music, Anthropology, Latin American Studies, History, and Film Studies.

Kicking off the film festival, Elena Cueto-Asin, Associate Professor and Chair of Romance Languages, presents an epic about the life of a Spanish playwright, novelist, and poet:

Though lesser known than his contemporary Miguel de Cervantes, Felix Arturo Lope de Vega y Carpio was a prolific Spanish playwright, novelist, and poet who dominated the theater scene during Spain's Baroque period.

This romantic epic has a stellar cast of renowned Spanish actors including Pedro Almodovar favorite Leonor Watling, Luis Tosar, Antonio de la Torre, Pilar Lopez de Ayala, and Sonia Braga. And Alberto Amman brings tremendous passion to the role of Lope, the incorrigible but endearing Casanova.

This multi-award winning film brings to life the amorous adventurer who was constantly derailed by his passion for women as he struggled to establish himself as a playwright.

(Andrucha Waddington, 106 minutes, Drama/Biopic, 2010, Spanish with English subtitles)

Sponsored by a grant from the Spanish Film Club, the Blythe Bickel Edwards fund, Latin American Studies Program, Bowdoin Film Society, Department of Romance Languages, Latin American Student Organization, Film Studies Program, Department of English, and Department of Music.

The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda, the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain, and its Program for Cultural Cooperation with United States' Universities.

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