Cinema Studies Spring 2015 Calendar

Tanya Tagaq in Concert with 'Nanook of the North'

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January 25, 20157:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

This event is sold out; a limited number of tickets may become available at the door.

Internationally acclaimed performer Tanya Tagaq will appear in concert in Pickard Auditorium, Bowdoin College at 7 pm on Sunday January 25, 2015. This avant-garde music sensation will create exciting new music against the backdrop of the Inuit film Nanook of the North. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets can be picked up at the Smith Union Information Desk on the college campus beginning January 19, 2015.

Tagaq is a ground-breaking performer who has taken the traditional Inuit throat-singing she heard growing up in Cambridge Bay in the Canadian Arctic and transformed it, infusing it with jazz, punk, and other contemporary music, to create an exciting new sound. Reviewers describe her performances as "fierce," "exquisite," "unnerving," and"emotionally gripping."

She evokes the sounds, visions, and emotions of the northern landscape with her remarkable voice. Tagaq has performed with musicians ranging from Bjork and the Kronos Quartet to the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 she was awarded the Polaris Music Prize, one of Canada's top music awards, and her newest album, Animism, was listed as one of the top albums of 2014 by CBC Radio.

Nanook of the North, Robert Flaherty's classic 1922 silent film about life among the Inuit of northern Quebec, is regarded as one of the forerunners of modern documentary films. In 2012, Toronto International Film Festival commissioned composer Derek Charke, along with Tagaq, and her collaborators violinist Jesse Zubot and percussionist Jean Martin, to create a new soundscape for this silent classic. Drawing on her love of her northern home, Tagaq brings a depth of emotion and understanding to Flaherty's essentially colonial vision, reclaiming Nanook for contemporary Inuit.

This concert is presented by the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center with support from the Departments of Music, Cinema Studies, and Sociology and Anthropology, Student Activities, the President's Office Wabanaki Initiative, and the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund.

Tanya Tagaq in concert with Nanook of the North was commissioned by TIFF Bell Lightbox as part of its film retrospective First Peoples Cinema: 1500 Nations, One Tradition.

For more information call Kristi Clifford at 725-3062, or visit the museum's web page www.bowdoin.edu/arctic-museum


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Film Screening: Charlie Hebdo Documentary, "C'est Dur D'être Aimé Par Des Cons"

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January 30, 20157:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

In the aftermath of the attacks in Paris at the beginning of this month, the Bowdoin French Club, the Famille Francophone, will be holding a public screening of Daniel Leconte's 2008 documentary, C'est Dur D'être Aimé Par Des Cons (“It’s tough being loved by jerks”). The film follows the 2006 court case that was brought against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in the wake of their decision to publish cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. It will be shown in French with English subtitles, with discussion to follow in English.  

The movie offers fascinating and unprecedented insight behind the scenes at this controversial publication. It also raises important questions about free speech and satire in France, a country with very different laws concerning freedom of expression. The discussion will provide an opportunity to reflect on these questions as well as the social and political consequences of recent events.

The Bowdoin Famille Francophone (aka “Bowdoin French Club”) is a student-run organization operating under the auspices of the Bowdoin Student Government. It seeks to promote Francophone values, culture and interests to the wider Bowdoin College community.

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Film: 'For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska'

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February 5, 20157:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

This one-hour, award winning documentary reveals the true-life story of an extraordinary Alaskan woman who becomes an unlikely hero in the fight for civil rights. Like Native Americans in the lower forty-eight states, Alaska Natives struggled to keep their basic human rights, as well as protect their ancient ties to the land. The Bill of Rights did not apply to them.

Elizabeth Peratrovich, a young Tlingit woman and mother of three, testified before the Alaska Territorial Senate in 1945 and swayed their vote with her compelling testimony in favor of the Anti-Discrimination Act, the first civil rights bill passed in the U.S. since the Civil War.&


Free and open to the public.

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Sherryl Vint: "To Seek Out New Worlds: Science Fiction in a Global Perspective"

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February 5, 20157:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Sherryl Vint is professor of Science Fiction Media Studies at the University of California, Riverside, where she co-directs the Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies program. She is the author and/or editor of several books, including Bodies of Tomorrow (2007), Animal Alterity (2010), The Wire (2013), Science Fiction: A Guide to the Perplexed (2014), and The Routledge Concise History of Science Fiction (2011, with Mark Bould). She co-edits the journals Science Fiction Film and Television and Science Fiction Studies.

Her talk will present an overview of science fiction in a global context, exploring the ways common science fiction icons appear differently when embedded in multiple local contexts, and will discuss the significance of the recent explosion of science fiction across the globe. 

This event is free and open to the public.  For more information contact Arielle Saiber at asaiber@bowdoin.edu.  

Sponsored by the Departments of Romance Languages and English and the Cinema Studies and Gender and Women's Studies Programs.

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Film, Dinner, and Discussion: 'Growing Local'

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February 10, 20156:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Daggett Lounge

Growing Local is a short series by Maine Farmland Trust about small farms and the uncertain fate of the local food movement. The series weaves together three separate but connected stories to create a coherent narrative about local food and local farms. The goal of the project is to help fellow Mainers, and hopefully others around the country, better understand the agrarian landscape surrounding us and the important role it plays in growing community as well as food. The film makers hope to inspire viewers to actively seek out local foods for their own health, the health of their communities and that of the planet. 

See the trailer and join us for dinner (get dinner 'through the line' and eat in Daggett Lounge), watch the film (starting at 6:30) and participate in conversation with table mates and local farmers. 

This event is being hosted at Bowdoin by the Environmental Studies Program, Sustainable Bowdoin, and Bowdoin Dining.

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2nd Annual World Cinema Festival: "The Tribe"

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February 16, 20157:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Bowdoin’s World Cinema Festival offers a varied program of important contemporary narrativeand documentary films from around the world with post-screening discussions moderated by facultyand students. Public welcomed at no charge. Tickets not required.

The Tribe (Miroslav Slaboshpitsky, Ukraine, 2014),  winner of the Critics’ Week Grand Prix at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, is presented by Kristina Toland, Visiting Assistant Professor, Russian.

Newly arrived at a boarding school for the deaf, Sergey quickly realizes he must win the protection of the school gang’s leader to survive. He assimilates into “the tribe” but compromises his position when he falls in love with a female classmate, who is also one of the gang’s sex workers. Using no spoken dialogue or subtitles, the film unfolds through body language and sign language from its cast of deaf, non-professional actors.


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2nd Annual World Cinema Festival: "The German Doctor"

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February 17, 20157:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Bowdoin’s World Cinema Festival offers a varied program of important contemporary narrative and documentary films from around the world with post-screening discussions moderated by faculty and students. Public welcomed at no charge. Tickets not required.

The German Doctor (Lucía Puenzo, Argentina, 2013) is the true story of an Argentine family who lived with Josef Mengele without knowing his true identity, and of a girl who fell in love with one of the most heinous criminals of all time. Presented by Carolyn Wolfenzon, Assistant Professor of Romance Languages.

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2nd Annual World Cinema Festival: "God Loves Uganda"

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February 18, 20157:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Bowdoin’s World Cinema Festival offers a varied program of important contemporary narrativeand documentary films from around the world with post-screening discussions moderated by facultyand students. Public welcomed at no charge. No tickets required.

God Loves Uganda (Roger Ross Williams, US, 2013), presented by Hanétha Vété-Congolo, Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Laura Premack, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow of Latin American Studies, is a NY Times Critic’s Pick, winner of the Inspiration Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and official selection at Sundance, HotDocs, and AFI Docs. 

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams explores the role of the US evangelical movement in fueling – and funding – Uganda’s turn towards biblical law and the proposed death penalty for homosexuality.

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2nd Annual World Cinema Festival: "A Touch of Sin"

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February 19, 20157:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Bowdoin’s World Cinema Festival offers a varied program of important contemporary narrative and documentary films from around the world with post-screening discussions moderated by faculty and students. Public welcomed at no charge. No tickets required.

A Touch of Sin (Jia Zhangke, China, 2013), presented by Shu-chin Tsui, Professor of Asian Studies and Cinema Studies, is the winner of Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival, and an official selection of the 2013 NYFF.

Inspired by four shocking – and true – events that forced China into a period of self-examination, A Touch of Sin focuses on four characters living in four different provinces who are driven to violent ends.

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2nd Annual World Cinema Festival: "A Coffee in Berlin"

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February 20, 20157:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Bowdoin’s World Cinema Festival offers a varied program of important contemporary narrative and documentary films from around the world with post-screening discussions moderated by faculty and students. Public welcomed free of charge. No tickets required.

A Coffee in Berlin (Jan Ole Gerster, Germany, 2014), presented by Birgit Tautz, Associate Professor of German, and the Bowdoin Film Society, is the winner of 6 German Oscar Awards including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actor.

The film follows a day in the life of Niko, a twenty-something college dropout who’s going nowhere fast. Niko lives for the moment, drifting through the streets of Berlin. But events force him to face the consequences of his passivity. Shot in black and white with a snappy jazz soundtrack, this slacker dramedy is a love letter to Berlin and the Gen Y experience.

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Film and Lecture with David Mrazek and Joel Greenberg: 'From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction'

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February 26, 20155:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

This award-winning documentary tells the incredible forgotten story of the passenger pigeon, its unlikely extinction, and its striking relevance to conservation challenges today. Almost 100 years ago on September 1, 1914, Martha, the last known passenger pigeon in existence (named after Martha Washington) died in the Cincinnati Zoo. A superabundant species of billions that darkened the entire sky disappeared in a matter of decades. 

What happened to the passenger pigeon? You could say we happened. Discover how and why this bird went extinct, and how this anthropogenic extinction foreshadows more recent, rapid, ongoing destruction of species in the wake of the deforestation, rising ocean temperatures, acidification of bodies of water, and melting of polar ice shelves that are of vital concern to the current generation of students. 

Director and co-writer David Mrazek and co-producer and co-writer Joel Greenberg enter into discussions with biologists concerning the current unsustainable taking of sharks, acidification of oceans and bleaching of coral reefs, destruction of reptile habitat, and "de-extinction" of lost species through genetic manipulation. 

View the trailer and information on the filmmakers at passengerpigeon.org.

Sponsored by Bowdoin College Departments of Art History, Biology, Cinema Studies, Education, Environmental Studies and Visual Arts.


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