University of California, Berkeley


FRIDAY 30 October, 2015

Room 1 Cinema for Change

The Cinema of the Prague Spring: The Aesthetics of Revolution
Emily Elizabeth Thomas, Visual and Critical Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
Overview: This paper explores the effects of systematic, oppressive politics on the creative production of socially active works of cinema.

Student Militancy and Documentary Film in Argentina
Tomas Crowder-Taraborrelli, Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo, USA
I will analyze a series of documentary films from Argentina that reclaim the history of the forced disappearances of high school students during the last dictatorship.

Images of the Future: Critical Reflections on “Things to Come” 1936 and “2001: A Space Odyssey”
Prof. H. James Birx, Division of Anthropology, Canisius College/University of Belgrade, Williamsville, USA
Overview: Cinematic images may anticipate the human future. Exemplary films are “Things to Come” and “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Emphasizing collectivism and individualism respectively, they offer contrasting visions of progressive evolution.

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