Lecture by Professor Laura Ruberto (Berkeley City College) entitled “Le gambe nude di Silvana: Rice workers, sexuality and popular Images in Postwar Italy” Thursday, Oct. 18, 2-3pm, 221 Hepner Hall
Professor Ruberto will discuss Giuseppe De Santis’ film Riso Amaro (Bitter Rice, 1949) which both promoted and glamorized the oppressive hard work of Italian female rice weeders. Laura E. Ruberto is the author ofGramsci, Migration, and the Representation of Women at Work (Lexington Books, 2007) and co- editor with Kristi M. Wilson of Italian Neorealism and Global Cinema (Wayne State UP, 2007).
This event is sponsored by an IRA grant.
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Conference: Italian Neorealism And Global Cinema
Presentation and discussion of the book ITALIAN NEOREALISM AND GLOBAL CINEMA edited by Laura E. Ruberto and Kristi M. Wilson, Wayne State UP, 2007. Thur. October 18, 19:30 Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park.
Panel Chair: Clarissa Clo’ (SDSU); Panelists: book editors Laura Ruberto (Berkeley City College) and Kristi Wilson (Stanford) and book contributors Pasquale Verdicchio (UCSD) and Tomas Crowder-Taraborrelli (Stanford).
Italian Film Festival
The Italian Program is a sponsor for CINEMA SUD, an Italian Film Festival held at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park, October 12-25, 2007.
For more information visit http://www.cinemasud.com/
For more information about the Italian film festival visit: http://www.sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com
Highlights of our upcoming season at Soka University of America!
September 22nd, Pauling 216
When the U.S. troop surge was announced in late 2009, women in Afghanistan knew that the ground was being laid for peace talks with the Taliban. Peace Unveiled follows three women who immediately began to organize to make sure that women have a seat at the negotiating table. One is a savvy parliamentarian who participated in writing the Afghan constitution that guarantees equality for women; another, a former midwife who is one of the last women’s rights advocates alive in Kandahar; and the third, a young activist who lives in a traditional family in Kabul. Convinced that the Taliban will have demands that jeopardize women’s hard-earned gains, they maneuver against formidable odds to have their voices heard in a peace jirga and high peace council. We go behind Kabul’s closed doors as the women’s case is made to U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer, General David Petraeus and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who promises the women that “peace and justice can’t come at the cost of women and women’s lives.” But will this promise be kept? Narrated by Tilda Swinton.
October 13th, Pauling 216
National poetry slams for youth have been gaining momentum but few, if any, deaf teens have ever been included in these contests. In Deaf Jam a group of New York City deaf teens reveal their passions, frustrations, and senses of humor as they discover American Sign Language poetry — eventually stepping into the world of the youth poetry slams with their hearing peers.
We Still Live Here (Âs Nutayuneân)
The Wampanoag nation of southeastern Massachusetts ensured the survival of the first English settlers in America, and lived to regret it. AS NUTAYUNEAN – We Still Live Here tells the story of the return of the Wampanoag language, the first time a language with no Native speakers has been revived in this country. Spurred on by an indomitable linguist named Jessie Little Doe, the Wampanoag are bringing their language and their culture back.
How does the simple act of planting trees lead to winning the Nobel Peace Prize? Ask Wangari Maathai of Kenya. In 1977, she suggested rural women plant trees to address problems stemming from a degraded environment. Under her leadership, their tree-planting grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, defend human rights and promote democracy, earning Maathai the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.
Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock
As a black woman who was a feminist before the term was invented, Daisy Bates refused to accept her assigned place in society. The life of Daisy Bates tells the story of her life and public support of nine black students to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, which culminated in a constitutional crisis–pitting a president against a governor and a community against itself.
February- More Than a Month
Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a 29-year-old African American filmmaker, is on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. Through this tongue-in-cheek journey, MORE THAN A MONTH investigates what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a “post-racial” America.
Hell and Back Again
What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home – injured physically and psychologically – and build a new life? HELL AND BACK AGAIN that asks and answers these questions with the conflict in Afghanistan as the backdrop. Two overlapping narratives intercut: the life of a Marine on the war front, and the life of the same Marine in recovery at home – creating a realistic depiction of how Marines experience this war.
A formidable figure, standing at 5’8″ and weighing over 300 pounds, Cheryl Haworth struggles to defend her champion status as her lifetime weightlifting career inches towards its inevitable end. STRONG! chronicles her journey and the challenges this unusual elite athlete faces, exploring popular notions of power, strength, beauty and health.
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The Orange County Chinese Cultural Club together with Soka University of America’s International Studies Concentration presents:
Ancestors in the Americas, Parts I and II by award winning filmmaker, Loni Ding.
2 pm Part I: Coolies, Sailors, Settlers: Voyage to the New World 17th to 19th Century
3 pm: Questions and Answers and Intermission
3:30 pm: Part II: Chinese in the Frontier West: An American Story 1849 to 1880’s
4:30 pm: Panel discussion with filmmaker Loni Ding and Professor Tomás F. Crowder-Taraborrelli
5:30: Dinner at the Soka Bistro.
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|Cine Campesino: video installation|
Cine Campesino is still on the road, run by Hondurans but without proper wheels. A documentary made by Arte Acción Copán Ruinas on the cultural remains of the Maya comunity in the Copán region is now shown in every town Cine Campesino visits. Here´s a a few images of a screening in Nueva Esperanza, Copán. If you want to volunteer for Cine Campesino, you need to have an Audiovisual background and speak some Spanish.
The festival purpose was threefold:
1. A fundraiser to purchase a used bus to transport students at the local high school.
2. An exercise for the local villages in carrying out a cooperative community event.
3. A forum for public dialog about local problems and social issues.
An estimated 500 people attended the Cinema Campesino Film Festival under the stars each night.
The renowned Bethel High School Marching Band kicked off the event.
Local singers and dancers performed during the three nights of the festival.
Brisk sales of food and drink by local villagers were part of the fund-raising activities, and high school students also solicited donations from festival participants. Nearly all the equipment used to produce this first Film Festival were donated by sponsors, including the sound system, lights, rain shelters, camera and movie projection equipment.
Cartoon videos and movies shown in the local high school kept the youngsters entertained.
Each night, dolls and other toys were given to the village kids attending the festival.
Un Mundo plans to repeat the Cinema Campesino Film Festival throughout rural Honduras. Un Mundo is also working to establish a Cine Campesino Film and Video Institute on the north coast of Honduras, with objectives of imparting to youth throughout Honduras an understanding of filmmaking and the filmmaking industry, promoting social change through film, and fostering a national film industry. If you would like to become a founding contributor of the Cine Campesino Film and Video Institute, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The shown films came from Cuba, Argentina, and Honduras. The Last Supper depicted the inner turmoil of slaves asserting their independence at a Dominican Republic sugar plantation in the 19th century. The Hour of the Furnaces was a cold, hard examination of the causes and effects of underdevelopment in Latin America. Hurricane Mitch focused on the debilitating external debt exposed by this natural phenomena, while A Place in the World was a sweet story of the triumph and tribulations of a father and son, as the former overcomes resistance while starting a cooperative in his native village and the latter tries to teach his female companion how to read.
En el mundo entero, no sólo en Bolivia, hay una inquietud en la gente joven frente a los terribles desafíos que se nos van presentando a la humanidad entera. Entonces la idea de cambiar las estructuras de dominación capitalistas, que están acabando con el medio ambiente, con el planeta, hacen que se haga un cine documental que está teniendo una enorme importancia en el mundo.
A new concept in current affairs, LatinPulse/Pulso Latino is a bilingual English/Spanish half-hour series providing news and analysis on Latino America through the eyes of Latin American media.