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archive: fall 2009

FILM@UC

Salt of the Earth
 
September 3
Salt of the Earth
[Herbert Biberman, USA, 1954, 
94 min.]

Mexican-America miners and their wives struggle for dignity and equality in this
compelling drama written, directed, and produced by members of the blacklisted “Hollywood Ten.”

A Special Edition DVD of this film, produced under license of the filmakers' families, is available online - click here for details >
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Azur & Asmar: The Princes’ Quest
 
September 10 
Azur & Asmar:
The Princes’ Quest
[Michel Ocelot, Belgium, 2006, 99 min.]

Two boys raised as brothers -- one blonde, blue-eyed, and white-skinned, the other black-haired, brown-eyed, and dark-skinned -- are reunited years later as adversaries in a quest to find and free the Fairy of the Djinns in this timeless, critically-acclaimed animated fairy tale about prejudice, superstition, and brotherhood. 
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Sita Sings the Blues
 
September 17 
Sita Sings the Blues
[Nina Paley, USA, 2008, 82 min.]

Ancient tragedy and modern comedy mix in this humorous, beautifully animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana.

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The Memory Thief
 
September 24
The Memory Thief
[Gil Kofman, U.S.A., 2007,
95 min.]

Following a chance encounter with a Holocaust survivor, an aimless, haunted young man in contemporary Los Angeles embraces the identity of a victimized Jew of World War II in this intense psychological drama about guilt and obsession. 


 
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Tkaronto
 
October 1
Tkaronto
[Shane Belcourt, Canada, 2007, 
105 min.]

Two Aboriginal thirty-something’s meet by chance in Toronto only to discover an
unexpected connection and their shared struggle to forge an urban aboriginal identity.
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Burma VJ
 
October 8
Burma VJ
[Anders Østergaard, Denmark, 2008, 84 min.]

When Buddhist monks began leading popular demonstrations against Burma’s dictatorial military regime in September 2007, the authorities banned foreign journalists, leaving only courageous young undercover video journalists to tell this story of dissidence and high-risk journalism and the brutal crackdown that followed.
SPECIAL PRESENTATION BY LEADERS OF THE 2007 UPRISING PRIOR TO SCREENING
Presentation begins at 6:00 p.m.
For details, see
www.utica.edu/burmavj 

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Jerichow
 
October 15
Jerichow
[Christian Petzold, Germany, 2008, 
93 min.]

In a small desolate town in northeastern Germany, an ex-soldier, a Turkish
businessman, and his beautiful but restless wife form a desperate love-triangle in this suspenseful reworking of The Postman Always Rings Twice.
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Fear and Trembling
 
October 22 
Fear and Trembling
[Alain Corneau, France, 2003,
107 min.]

Hired as a translator by a giant Japanese corporation, an idealistic young Belgian woman commits a series of cultural missteps and, as a result, suffers a string of increasingly humiliating demotions until she discovers her own extraordinary means of liberation.
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