Ackland Film Forum

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AFF logo Black transp bkgrdThe Ackland Film Forum is a collaboration between the Ackland Art Museum and numerous departments at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill highlighting different aspects of the art of cinema and showcasing the aesthetic power of film. Art films, narrative films, and documentaries are chosen by UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and Ackland staff, often in connection with particular courses, campus-wide initiatives, or exhibitions.

The Ackland Film Forum is made possible by the generous support of Ruby Lerner.

Fall 2015 Schedule

Presented by the Global Cinema Studies Program and the Ackland Art Museum, along with the Global Studies Program at UNC-Chapel Hill. All screenings will be held in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium at the FedEx Global Education Center at UNC.

Monday, 12 October, 7:00 PM
Longing (Valeska Grisebach, Germany, 2007)
Introduced by Inga Pollmann, Germanic & Slavic Languages & Literatures, Comparative Literature.

An average, everyday metalworker and volunteer firefighter content in his marriage to his childhood sweetheart finds his emotions unexpectedly stirred when he falls for a pretty waitress from a nearby town.

Tuesday, 13 October, 7:00 PM (part of NC Latin American Film Festival)
Yvy Maraey (Juan Carlos Valdivia, Bolivia, 2014)
Introduced by Samuel Amago (Romance Studies)

A filmmaker travels with a Guaraní guide from the highlands of La Paz to the swamps in the forests of southeastern Bolivia, documenting the daily lives and struggles of the indigenous people of the region.

Monday, 19 October, 7:00 PM
Lod Detour (Orna Raviv, Israel, 2009)
Introduced by Yaron Shemer (Asian Studies)

Lod Detour is the story of Ilan Hakaray, principal of the Amal High School in Lod, Israel, who offers students their last opportunity to complete a high school education after they fail out of other institutions. The film follows three students’ stories through their principal’s eyes, as he doggedly fights for them to succeed against all odds.

Tuesday, 27 October, 7:00 PM
War Photographer (Christian Frei, Switzerland, 2001)
Introduced by Julia Haslett (Communication Studies)

A film about the American photographer James Nachtwey, about his motivation, his fears, and his daily routine as a war photographer. Director and producer Christian Frei followed Nachtwey for two years into the wars in Indonesia, Kosovo, Palestine, and used special micro-cameras attached to James Nachtwey’s photo-camera. The result is the viewer being able to see a famous photographer looking for the decisive moment. We hear every breath of the photographer. For the first time in the history of movies about photographers, this technique allowed an authentic insight into the work of a concerned photo-journalist.

Monday, 9 November, 7:00 PM
Étranger de l’Intérieur – Stranger from Within (Sonja Bertucci, Serbia and Montenegro, 2014)
Q & A with the director follows the screening. Introduced by Gabriel Trop

After years of absence, filmmaker Sonja Bertucci returns to Kosovo, the birthplace of her Serbian mother, to come to terms with what has happened to a place that she knew from her childhood memories. She documents the remaining Serbian communities in this region grappling with a history marked by war, trauma, and poverty, and records her encounters with the Serbian Kosovars, their daily struggles and joys, their fears and their hopes, their memories and their outlook for the future.

Wednesday, 18 November, 7:00 PM
Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities (M.F. Hussain, India, 2004)
Introduced by Afroz Taj (Asian Studies)

This film centers on novelist Nawab, who is suffering from a serious case of writer’s block. After five years and no stories, Nawab comes across an unconventional muse, Meenaxi. The three cities referred to in the title are Hyderabad, Jaisalmer, and Prague. Directed by M.F. Hussain, widely known as “the Picasso of India, ” the film features an acclaimed score and soundtrack by A.R. Rahman.

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