Spring 2012

Cest dur detre aime par des cons (It's Hard Being Loved by Jerks)

February 9, 20127:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

This important documentary on the freedom of the press, censorship, and the right of religious minorities looks at a crucial 2007 Paris trial. Several Islamic organizations brought charges of racist slander against the French news weekly Charlie Hebdo for reprinting 12 satirical cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed. Leconte captures cogent, passionate speakers on both sides of the argument, reminding viewers of the absolute necessity of both the right to publish and the right to protest.

Discussion moderated by Associate Professor of Romance Languages Katherine Dauge-Roth and Associate Professor of Romance Languages Charlotte Daniels.

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February 11, 20127:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium


Chomet’s follow-up to 2003’s The Triplets of Belleville is another exquisitely animated film, based on an unproduced script by the French comic genius Jacques Tati, in which a struggling magician befriends Alice, a poor cleaning girl who follows him to Edinburgh. Although neither the magician nor his young charge speak each other’s language, The Illusionist beautifully shows the ways people understand each other nonverbally.

Discussion moderated by Pierre Dairon, Ph.D. in Francophone Literature and New World Studies, University of Virginia

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Awkward Black Girl Screening and Discussion

February 23, 20127:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Stars of the successful YouTube series, Issa Rae and Madison Shockley III will be screening the "Awkward Black Girl" episodes and conducting discussion afterwards. The event is open to the Bowdoin community from 7PM-9PM in Kresge Auditorium on Thursday, February 23rd.

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Film Society Oscars Screening

February 26, 20126:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

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Vincent Who? A Documentary on Asian American Empowerment

February 27, 20127:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

There will be a reception and Q&A session featuring Bowdoin professors with the writer/producer, Curtis Chin, at Mac House after the documentary is shown, and both events are open to the public. The film looks at a historic hate crime murder of an Asian American in Detroit, and asks how far Asian Americans have come since then and how far we have yet to go. This film has screened at over 200 colleges, corporations and federal agencies (in four countries), and Mr. Chin and his team won the 2009 Media Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education. This event is sponsored by the Asian Students Association and is co-sponsored by the Film department, the Sociology department, the Asian Studies department, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Kurtz Fund (via Mac House).

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"Monica and David" Screening and Discussion with Producer Ali Codina '00

March 29, 20127:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Filmmaker and Bowdoin alumna Alexandra Codina ‘00 comes to campus for a screening and discussion of her award-winning documentary “Monica and David.”

Codina began her film experience after graduation, as an intern for Big Mouth Productions. She spent two years in independent production in New York, driving trucks and limos to get onto the film sets and learn, and for four years supported filmmakers’ work as a programmer and outreach manager for the Miami International Film Festival.

“Monica and David”, a love story about two adults with Down Syndrome who marry, is Codina’s directorial and producing debut. The documentary was broadcast on HBO, won the Jury Award for Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival, was nominated for an Emmy Award, and is being distributed in 32 countries.

The Independent named Codina one of the Ten Filmmakers to Watch in 2009. She has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, ABC.com, and in Newsweek, Variety, and The Huffington Post, among others. Codina received the National Media Award from the National Down Syndrome Society.

Codina is a Visual and Media Arts Fellow for the South Florida Cultural Consortium, an alumnus of Tribeca All Access and The Good Pitch, and has received grants from The Fledgling Fund and Chicken and Egg Pictures.

Now in post-production on a short documentary about a 96-year-old farmer, Codina is currently developing her next feature documentary.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Film Studies and the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs.

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The Gentle Drifting of a Little Boy from Petit-Goave: An evening with Dany Laferrire, author and film director

April 4, 20127:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium


The Gentle Drifting of a Haitian Child

La dérive douce d’un enfant de Petit-Goâve
a film by / un film de Pedro Ruiz (2009)

(in French with English subtitles)

The Gentle Drifting of a Haitian Child chronicles the life of renowned author Dany Laferrière, who fled the Duvalier regime in Haiti at the age of 23 and went on to establish himself in Montréal as a novelist of international acclaim, following the publication of his first novel, Comment faire l’amour avec un nègre sans se fatiguer / How to Make Love to a Negro, in 1985. He has been a prolific writer ever since, having emerged as a preeminent literary voice in the Francophone world.

Wednesday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Kresge Auditorium
reception to follow

Mr. Laferrière will welcome questions from the audience after the film.

Sponsored by the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund; the Departments of Romance Languages and Film Studies; the Africana Studies, Latin American Studies, and Gender and Women's Studies Programs; and Bowdoin Haitian Alliance.

Photo of Dany Laferrière courtesy of Editions Boréal and copyright Pierre Crépô

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Poster Girl: Screening and Discussion with Producer Mitchell Block

April 12, 20127:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Producer Mitchell Block comes to Bowdoin for a screening and discussion of his 2010 documentary short film, “Poster Girl.” Nominated for an Academy Award in 2011, and cited by The New York Times as “intimate, unflinching ,“ it is the story of a former cheerleader turned tough-as-nails gunner in the Iraq war who is used as a poster girl for military recruitment.

The film is both disturbing and uplifting, following the young vet as she faces the trauma of physical and spiritual wounds and documenting her journey to healing through participation in a community arts project.

Block’s work often addresses controversial topics such as homelessness, abortion, and war and he is currently producing “Liz: Her Fight” about a woman who overcomes despair and homelessness to become an Olympic boxing champion. He is executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary series, “Carrier.”

Block is president of Direct Cinema Limited, and has distributed and marketed hundreds of documentary, live action, and animated short and feature films. He has taught independent film producing at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts as an adjunct since 1979, has been a consultant for HBO and Cinemax, and his “Guide to Documentary Film Distribution” is considered a classic resource in the field.

Sponsored by Department of Film Studies, The Kurtz Fund, Office of Student Activities, The Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund, Women’s Resource Center, and Gender and Women’s Studies Program.

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"Pariah" Film Screening

April 22, 20127:00 PM – 9:45 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

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