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archive: fall 2012

FILM@UC Fall 2012

Attenberg August 30
Attenberg
[2010, Greece, dir. Athina Rachel Tsangari, 97 mins.]

An eccentric coming-of-age film about a curious 23-year-old in the midst of an identity crisis, exploring who she is while having to simultaneously accept her father's impending death
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Sleeping Beauty September 6 
Sleeping Beauty
[2011, Australia, dir. Julia Leigh, 101 mins.]

A controversial, haunting, and enigmatic film about a university student funding her studies by working as a Sleeping Beauty: drugged into a deep slumber and left, arrayed like an object in an elegantly appointed bedroom, in the company of wealthy elderly men.
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Battle for Brooklyn September 13
Battle for Brooklyn
[2011, USA, dirs. Michael Galinsky & Suki Hawley]

Battle for Brooklyn is an intensely intimate look at the very public and passionate fight waged by owners and residents facing eminent domain condemnation of their property to make way for the controversial Atlantic Yards project, a massive plan to build 16 skyscrapers and a basketball arena for the New Jersey Nets in the heart of Brooklyn.
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5 Broken Cameras
 
September 20
5 Broken Cameras
[2011, Palestine, dirs. Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi, 90 mins.]

A moving, deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village, shot almost entirely by a farmer, who bought his first camera in 2005 simply to record the birth of his youngest son.
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How to Start a Revolution September 27
How to Start a Revolution
[2012, USA, dir. Ruaridh Arrow, 85 mins.]

The remarkable untold story of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Gene Sharp, the world's leading expert on non-violent revolution whose books and ideas have given a new generation of revolutionary leaders the weapons needed to topple dictators from Serbia to Ukraine and from Egypt to Syria.
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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
 
October 4
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
[2012, USA, dir. Alison Klayman, 91 mins]

A compelling documentary about Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei, whose ambitious artwork and fearless political provocations are known around the world despite Chinese authorities having shut down his blog, beaten him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention.
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The Lady October 11
The Lady
[2011, France, dir. Luc Besson, 132 mins.]

This timely biopic of the iconic Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize winner recently freed from years of house arrest, reveals a life of deep loves and sacrifices -- both personal and political -- in her unwavering pursuit of democracy in the former Burma.
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The Photograph
 
October 18
The Photograph
[2007, Indonesia, dir. Nan Achnis, 94 mins.]

A poignant drama about a young woman supporting her family as a karaoke singer and prostitute and who, in renting a room from an aging photographer, helps him to fulfill his final wishes.
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