2014. Spain. Dir: Iciar Bollain. Documentary. 72 min.
Since Spain’s economic crisis began, over 700,000 Spaniards have left othe country in search of a better life, Spain’s highest profile female director tackles the very current issue of intra-European exile. With a critical eye, Bollain captures articulate, moving expressions of the frustration and anger felt by expatriates.
WesAGE and Hunger and Homelessness are teaming up to put on a film screening of “Caring for Mom and Dad,” a moving documentary to spark a discussion surrounding economic, financial, and social issues inherent in caring for the elderly. There will be Thai food for dinner, so please feel free to stop by for dinner, a film screening, and discussion on Wednesday, February 17th at 6PM in PAC 002. We hope to see you there!
2014. USA. Dir: Laura Poitras. With Edward Snowden. Documentary. 114 min.
Equal parts thriller and character study, this fascinating Oscar winner covers the days surrounding Edward Snowden’s outing of unlawful NSA spying practices. Poitras’ unbridled access to her subject makes for an unusually intimate piece of filmmaking, which captures a moment in American history with rare palpability.
“DAMNATION IS A MOVIE THAT MATTERS…WITH A BLEND OF HISTORY,
FACE-MELTING NATURE CINEMATOGRAPHY, AND A DASH OF EDWARD ABBEY–STYLE CRIMINAL MISCHIEF, DAMNATION LAYS BARE THIS TRUTH IN A WAY THAT IS EDUCATIONAL, ENTERTAINING, AND, PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANTLY, INSPIRATIONAL.”
– The Santa Barbara Independent
This Friday Nina Gerona ’15, Kat Evans ’15, Janika Oza ’15, and Sienna Courter ’15 will be hosting a free screening of the movie DamNation. This documentary looks at the social and environmental effects of dams in the United States. Afterwards there will be a discussion about the film and other dam debates including case studies of Nepal and Panama. Join us for an incredible opportunity to see a beautifully shot documentary that deals with a very pressing environmental issue and a current political subject of contentious debate. Plus there will be snacks!
Clinic Escorts, the Doula Project, Rho Epsilon Pi, and the Film Series are excited to announce:
The free screening of AFTER TILLER on Monday, March 31st at 8pm in Goldsmith Theater.
After the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in 2009, there are a limited number of doctors left in the U.S. who provide third-trimester
abortions. Directed by Wesleyan alumni Martha Shane ’05 and Lana Wilson ’05,After Tiller depicts the stories of these four doctors who are fighting to keep this service available and the incredible risk and struggle they confront on a daily basis. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Martha and Lana.
Watch the trailer here: http://aftertillermovie.om/
Mara Woods-Robinson ’16 writes in about an awesome screening happening tomorrow:
“An anonymous body in the Arizona desert sparks the beginning of a real-life human drama. The search for identity leads us back across a continent to seek out the people left behind and the meaning of a mysterious tattoo.”
Like film? Activism? Free food? Then join us on Wednesday night for a screening of Who Is Dayani Cristal?, a 2013 award-winning documentary film about immigration politics. The screening will be followed by a live Google Hangout with director Marc Silver. And there will be snacks!
REACT to FILM is a nonprofit organization with chapters in colleges across the nation. We organize screenings of documentary films about social issues, with the hope of generating discussion around the issues and providing the opportunity for students to become involved.
Come to see the new documentary about the performance troupe Sins Invalid who are unashamed to claim beauty in the face of invisibility. Their website states “Sins Invalid is a performance project on disability and sexuality that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artist of color and queer and gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized from social discourse.” The screening will be in Downey House at 7:30. The film only runs about a half hour and then there will be a brief discussion for those who want to stick around and talk. This is a great short study break during a busy last week of classes. Plus there will be snacks!
When: Wednesday, December 4th, 7:30pm Where: Downey House 113 Cost: Free! There will be snacks!
Real talk though: do this. It’s going to be awesome, and Becca Seidel ’15 knows what’s up:
If you love This American Life, Radiolab, or any other programs that tell incredible stories through sound, then listen up: the trolls are emerging once again. And by that, I’m not referring to the mythological cave-dwellers, those creepy dolls with the fuzzy hair, or the ACB.
Tomorrow (Friday) at 5PM will be this year’s first meeting of the Documentary Trolls, a radio storytelling collective that began taking shape at Wesleyan last year. The purpose of the group will be to provide a collaborative space in which to create and share audio stories. We will be listening to excerpts from memorable/weird/generally cool radio stories and podcast episodes that have come out in the past few years, and we’ll use those as a starting point to discuss techniques for interviews, narration, sound design, and the use of music in radio storytelling.
Last year, the Trolls came out with a pretty sweet final product: a set of stories that aired on WESU towards the beginning of the summer. We might try to do that again, but we also might just listen to a lot of great radio stories and talk about them. Either way, it’s gonna be super low-key. No experience necessary!
Date: Friday, November 15th, 2013 Time: 5 PM Place: WESU (above Broad Street Books – contact Becca if you’re not a WESU staff member so she can let you in.) Contact:rseidel(at)wesleyan(dot)edu
J Street U is tingling with excitement to announce its first event of the year, a screening of the award-winning, critically-acclaimed documentary, The Gatekeepers. The film showcases six former heads of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service agency, who agree to share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions. Intimately interviewed, they shed light on the controversy surrounding the Occupation in the aftermath of the Six Day War.
Discussion session to follow screening.
1) You’re interested in discussing/learning about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
2) You like the idea of eating free pizza(!!!) watching an excellent film, and discussing the conflict with some of the coolest kids on campus.
A solid double bill, coming at you fromAlicia Gansley ’15:
Wesleyan Democracy Matters is teaming up with Common Cause CT for a film and lecture with Common Cause CT senior organizer, Kim Hynes.
Join us for a screening of The United States of ALEC, a documentary narrated by Bill Moyers that examines how corporations and state legislators are colluding to write laws and remake America. Common Cause Connecticut senior organizer Kim Hynes will be introducing the film. Learn about how corporations are affecting the American political process on even the state level!