Breast Cancer Narratives (series)
February 5, 12, & 19, 2013
Where: Tribble Hall C216
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New Cinema from Spain & Latin America (series)
January 30, 2013 - April 9, 2013
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Immersed in India: A Documentary Film by Kim Dryden
February 18, 2013
Where: Annenberg Forum, Carswell Hall 111
Click here for the pdf of the flyer.
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
February 19, 2013
Where: ZSR Library Auditorium
Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the execution of Sophie and Hans Scholl and Christoph Probst, the members of the "White Rose"anti-Nazi student group.
Eugenics Programs (films + discussions)
March 20 , 2013
DeTamble Auditorium, 7pm
Gattaca (1997) depicts a world where one’s genetic composition determines employment opportunities. The film follows Vincent Freeman, a genetically “inferior” yet determined individual, as he assumes a new genetic identity to realize his dreams of traveling to space. A conversation about genetic engineering with members of the Bioethics program will follow.
From IMDb: Gattaca: In the not-too-distant future, a less-than-perfect man wants to travel to the stars. Society has categorized Vincent Freeman as less than suitable given his genetic make-up and he has become one of the underclass of humans that are only useful for menial jobs. To move ahead, he assumes the identity of Jerome Morrow, a perfect genetic specimen who is a paraplegic as a result of a car accident. With professional advice, Vincent learns to deceive DNA and urine sample testing. Just when he is finally scheduled for a space mission, his program director is killed and the police begin an investigation, jeopardizing his secret.
March 27 , 2013
DeTamble Auditorium, 7pm
Tomorrow’s Children (1934) portrays the struggle of a young newlywed woman ordered to undergo sterilization because she comes from a family with “defective genes.” Dr. Simone Caron will be discussing the history of eugenics and mandatory sterilization programs following the film.
From IMDb: Tomorrow’s Children: A young woman wishes to marry her boyfriend and raise a family, but because her own family has been deemed "defective" by the state health authorities--her parents are lazy alcoholics who continue to have children, and her siblings (brothers here) are crippled, have mental problems or are jailed--she is ordered by a court to undergo sterilization so that her family's "defective genes" won't be passed on to any more children. Her boyfriend and a kindly priest desperately search for a way to stop the forced sterilization before it's too late.
Reynolda Film Festival
April 1-5, 2013
For events and schedule, please click here: Reynolda Film Festival
Asia Pacific Cultural Festival
Kiseki (I Wish)
April 23, 2013
The story of two young brothers who live apart in different cities and dream of reuniting. They begin to believe that a new bullet train line will create the miracle that they are looking for when the first trains pass each other at top speed.
5:30pm, Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium (404)
Su Qi-Er (True Legend)
April 26, 2013
5:30pm, Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium (404)
WFU Student Film Showcase
April 25, 2013
Annenberg Forum, Carswell Hall 111
Film Studies Faculty Seminar: Stars & Studios
Dr. Saylor Breckenridge
Dr. Anne Hardcastle
Dr. Woodrow Hood
Dr. Kathleen McClancy
Dr. Tom Phillips
Dr. Ananda Mitra
Dr. Ron Von Burg
What we're reading and viewing: Jean Baudrillard, Pierre Bourdieux, tba
Coming Next Fall
Laramie Inside Out
Oct. 12, 2013
PAST EVENTS (FALL 2012)
Paola Randi, Italian film director
September 25, 2012
Screening: Into Paradiso
When: 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Where: ZSR Library Auditorium, 4th floor of ZSR Library
Alfonso is a Neapolitan scientist; he is shy and inept and has just lost his job.
Gayan is a fascinating former cricket champion from Sri Lanka. Now penniless, he has
just arrived in Naples in the belief that here he will find Paradise. Alfonso has spent his life studying cell migration and watching soap operas with his mother.
Gayan has travelled and known fame, glory and money. What do these two men have in common? How can two such different people come into contact and how can their lives become so indissolubly bound? In a multi-ethnic Naples, Alfonso and Gayan's lives become intertwined as they are forced to share a shack built illegally on the rooftop of a building in the heart of the city's Sri Lankan neighbourhood.
Because of a tragicomic misunderstanding, Alfonso needs to hide from a gang of mobsters and Gayan becomes first a hostage and then his only ally. And from this paradoxical cohabitation, a very special friendship is born, a partnership that gives them the courage to face their fate and change it forever.
Discussion afterwards with the director.
WHERE Wake Forest University, Byrum Welcome Center and Z Smith Reynolds Library
Films in Spanish with English subtitles. Free to the public, in collaboration with the Department of Romance Languages, Film Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies and International Studies.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, BYRUM WELCOME CENTER, 6:30PM
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, ZSR LIBRARY AUDITORIUM, 6:30PM
CHICO & RITA
Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal and Tono Errando / 94 min. / 2012 / Spain, UK
Oscar®-winning director Fernando Trueba (The Age of Beauty) and famous artist Javier Mariscal, have teamed up to make Chico & Rita, an animated love story starring the music, culture and people of Cuba. Chico is a dashing piano player and Rita is an enchanting and beautiful Havana nightclub singer. When they meet, the sparks fly and they fall madly in love. An epic romance unfolds as the pair travels the glamorous stages of 1940s/1950s Havana, New York City, Las Vegas, Hollywood and Paris.
|TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, ZSR LIBRARY AUDITORIUM, 6:30PM
MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, BYRUM WELCOME CENTER, 6:30PM
SOUTHERN DISTRICT [Zona Sur]
Juan Carlos Valdivia / 108 min. / 2011 / Bolivia
La Paz’s Zona Sur is Bolivia’s most exclusive neighborhood and has housed the country’s affluent elite for generations. Here, in an adobe-tile-roofed castle, a statuesque matriarch reigns over her spoiled offspring and indigenous servants. Social change, however, is on its way. As the mother squabbles with her teenage son and clashes with her daughter, her 6-year-old boy wanders the rooftops unsupervised. Impending decline permeates the air, and the threat of changes in aristocratic privileges heralds a new era in a seemingly endless class war. Bolivia’s official entry for the Academy® Awards, this searing portrait of a patrician family in flux chronicles their final days during a time of intense social change.
|WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, ZSR LIBRARY AUDITORIUM, 6:30PM
MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, BYRUM WELCOME CENTER, 6:30PM
MARIMBAS FROM HELL [Las Marimbas del Infierno]
Julio Hernández Cordón / 75 min. / 2010 / Guatemala, México, France
Don Alfonso plays the marimba (xylophone) for a living but as his traditional music is seen as increasingly old-fashioned, he finds himself without a job. When his glue-sniffing godson introduces him to Blacko, an old heavy-metal legend of the Guatemalan underground, they decide to do something radical and fuse the sounds of the marimba with heavy metal. This innovative—some might say bizarre—idea sparks the beginning of an unexpected collaboration.
José Rivera, Screenwriter
Oscar nominated writer of The Motorcycle Diaries and On the Road
October 4 and 5, 2012
Screenwriting class: October 4, 9:30 am, Carswell 111 (Annenberg Forum)
Open Forum: October 4, 4:00pm, Ring Theatre, Scales Fine Arts Center
The Motorcycle Diaries and On the Road Discussion: October 5, 1:00pm, Carswell 111 (Annenberg Forum)
Creative Writing discussion:: October 5, 3:30pm, Ammons Lounge, Tribble Hall
Play: Marisol at 7:30pm, University Theatre, with Q&A with Rivera after
A Wake Forest Faculty Exchange Lecture Series,
October 4 through 24, 2012
Featuring Ana Mª Manzanas Calvo, Associate Professor, Departamento de Filología Inglesa, Universidad de Salamanca; co-sponsored by the English Department, American Ethnic Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Film Studies, and the Provost’s Office
“Border Aesthetics and Spatial Considerations”—Thurs. Oct. 4, 4:30-5:30 p.m., DeTamble Auditorium, Tribble Hall (reception to follow in Tr. A107).
This lecture will address the concept of the border and what it does to people, to language, and to space, drawing from several literary examples (Luis Humberto Croswaithe in “Instructions to Cross the Border,” Joyce Carol Oates in “Crossing the Border,” Dagoberto Gilb in The Magic of Blood, and Thomas King’s “Borders”), and from critics such as Michel De Certeau, Henri Lefebvre, Marc Augé, Derrida, and Patricia Price.
“Lines on the Land: Divisible Borders”—Tues. Oct. 9, 3:15-4:15 p.m., Tribble A109.
This lecture will focus on the spatial and conceptual divisibility of the border in Courtney Hunt’s film Frozen River. A divisible border and an open dwelling become the focal points of the analysis. The liquid line refracts and reflects multiple divisions that correlate with the divisibility of the self. The oneness of the border, like the oneness of the self as defined on either side of the boundary, becomes an ontological impossibility; oneness is already an a priori twoness that divides the being-one-self of anything.
“Lines on the Water: Sea as Palimpsest”—Wed. Oct. 17, 11:00 a.m.-12:00, Tribble A108.
Taking a cue from de Certeau’s concept of spatial practices in The Practice of Everyday Life, this lecture will focus on the intersection of trajectories in the Atlantic Ocean. Contemporary crossings revisit previous spatial practices as well as other forms of mobility; they also provide examples of processual spaces and times, like the gerund in Diaz’s “Aguantando” (“Coping”) or Edwidge Danticat’s remapping of well-known routes in the Atlantic ocean in her story collection Krik? Krak! As they do such remapping, the narratives create a sense of history-in-motion. There is something peculiar about revisiting history from a mobile position, and this presentation will consider what such revisiting adds to the historical perspective.
“Logic of Detention in Spielberg’s The Terminal and McCarthy’s The Visitor”—Wed. Oct. 24, 1:00-1:50, Carswell 111 (Annenberg Forum).
Hovering over the abyss of September 11th and what Amy Kaplan calls “homeland insecurities,” this presentation contrasts the softening of the border mechanism in The Terminal and the reinstatement of such a ritual of separation in The Visitor. Whereas The Terminal creates a romantic comedy out of the logic of detention, The Visitor tacklesthe actual conditions at a detention center in Queens, NY. Whereas Viktor’s tamed foreignness is incorporated and welcomed by the We the People of the Airport, Tarek as alien is unceremoniously expelled from the body of the nation.
Professor Manzanas earned a PhD in English and American Literature from the University of Salamanca in 1992. With Jesus Benito, she is co-author of Cities, Borders, and Spaces in Intercultural American Literature and Film (Routledge 2011), Uncertain Mirrors: Magic Realisms in US Ethnic American Fiction (Rodopi 2010). She is also the editor of Border Transits: Literature and Culture Across the Line (Rodopi, 2007).