1963. Japan. Dir: Akira Kurosawa. With Toshiro Mifune. 143 min. 35mm print.
A son of a chauffeur mistakenly gets kidnapped instead of that of a wealthy shoe executive (Mifune); the latter must decide whether or not to abide by the kidnapper’s request or risk the life of his employee’s child. Kurosawa explores the dark underbelly of Japan in this intricately staged and framed crime drama.
2018. UK. Dir: Paul King. With Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant. 103 min.
A case of mistaken identity lands Paddington in jail, sending him on a mission to prove his innocence. This heartwarming, brightly-colored film combines live action and mo-cap animation for a story about an outsider arriving somewhere new and not only fitting in, but making the world around him a brighter, more charming place.
2017. Mexico/USA. Dir: Viktor Jakovleski. Documentary. 67 min.
The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico celebrates “ritual, danger, and the absolute beauty of reworks.” is truly sensory movie experience immerses viewers inside the exploding colors, set to a score by Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin ’04. Q&A with producers Dan Janvey ’06 and Kellen Quinn ’05.
From the farmers down at Long Lane comes an opportunity to get dirty and support a good cause:
This Friday, April 20, from 3-5pm, come down to the farm and weed with your sweetheart (or your wescam)! There will be a bake sale to support the North End Farmer’s Market’s Double Dollars program. Speed dating optional!
Date: Friday, 4/20 Time: 3-5pm Place: Long Lane Farm (243 Long Lane, at the corner of Long Lane and Wadsworth) Cost: however many baked goods you want to buy! cash and venmo ok
Busy this Friday, but want to support the North End Farmer’s Market? Check out this fundraising campaign in support of the Double Dollars program, which helps makes fresh food more affordable for people with low and fixed incomes, and supports Middletown-area farmers from late spring to early fall.
Check out the following tutoring opportunity from the Center for Prison Education!
The Center for Prison Education is now accepting applications for tutors for the 2018-2019 academic year. Tutors travel with CPE staff to Cheshire or York Correctional Institution for one three-hour study hall session each week for an entire semester, working individually with students on coursework in a wide range of disciplines. More information is available on the application form. Applications are due by Saturday, April 28th.
Stipends are available for work study students. Please contact cpefellow[at]wesleyan[dot]edu with any questions.
Join us for a discussion on disability justice, including intersections of race, class, and sexuality as related to disability, and mourning and grief in relation to disability and the carceral setting. Talila Lewis (TL) does anti-violence, decarceration and prison abolition work that highlights and addresses the nexus between race, class, disability and structural inequity–focusing in particular on people with multiply marginalized identities. As the creator of the only national deaf prisoner database, Talila advocates with and for hundreds of deaf defendants and incarcerated and returned individuals. Joined by Christina Crosby, Wesleyan Professor of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and English, and Anthony Hatch, Wesleyan Professor of Science in Society, African American Studies, and Sociology.
Sponsored by Wesleyan Students for Ending Mass Incarceration, The Resource Center, Adelphic Education Fund, Science in Society Department, American Studies Department, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department, and SALD.
Date: Monday, April 16 Time: 4:30-6PM Place: Russell House
1933. USA. Dir: Ernst Lubitsch. With Miriam Hopkins, Gary Cooper. 91 min.
When two struggling artists find that they’re having an affair with the same woman, the woman proposes: why not share? This refined yet obscene sex comedy employs Lubitsch’s signature wit to poke fun at dating norms and the vanity of jealous men, presenting a “Pre-Code” vision of romance more progressive than most rom-coms today. Intro by Prof. Michael Slowik, CFILM.
2007. France. Dir: Ce?line Sciamma. With Pauline Acquart, Louise Blache?re, Ade?le Haenel. 85 min.
Marie is a girl fighting to assert herself in a world where her meek and gentle grace is not accepted, while also navigating a new friendship with a synchronized swimming superstar. The writer-director of Girlhood takes a tender look at young love, friendship, sexual exploration, and what it means to belong.
2007. Argentina. Dir: Lucía Puenzo. With Inés Efron, Martín Piroyansky. 91 min. 35mm print.
Stereotypes surrounding gender and sexuality are wonderfully inverted in this tale of an intersex teen reconsidering her self-identity. Puenzo renders her protagonist with bittersweet ambiguity, reminding us that the constructs of masculinity and femininity have little to do with the beauty of being human.
1965. France. Dir: Jean-Luc Godard. With Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina. 115 min.
Belmondo and Karina take to the road, leaving the bourgeoisie behind for a candy-colored crime spree. French New Wave auteur Godard creates a cinematic comic strip filled with critiques of consumer culture, a wild ride that rejects, with joyous abandon, the conventions of traditional filmmaking.