Colloquium Films, Spring 2019
Ed & Sue Felty, the new owners of the Allen Theater at 36 East Main St. in Annville, have generously agreed to continue hosting our Colloquium Series films (www.allentheatre.com/lvc). All films begin at 5:15 p.m. on Mondays and are free for LVC students, staff, and faculty. The cost to the general public is $5.
Monday, January 28: Timbuktu (2014) with Prof. Rick Chamberlin
This award-winning French-Mauritanian drama directed by Abderrahmane Sissako, a master of world cinema, was named the twelfth "Best Film of the 21st Century So Far" in 2017 by the New York Times. Not far from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, now ruled by religious fundamentalists, proud cattle herder Kidane lives peacefully with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and Issan, their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes abruptly in this stunningly rendered film. Running time: 100 minutes.
Monday, February 11. Quiet Rage: The Documentary: The Stanford Prison Experiment (1992) with Prof. Rachel Albert
In 1971, Stanford University professors Philip Zimbardo, Craig Haney, and Curtis Banks carried out a psychological experiment, randomly assigning college student volunteers to play the role of prisoner or guard in a simulated prison. Although the students were mentally healthy and knew they were taking part in an experiment, some “guards” soon because sadistic and the “prisoners” showed signs of acute stress and depression. The planned two-week study was ended after only six days. Guaranteed to stimulate critical thinking and discussion, this provocative documentary film features archival footage, flashbacks, post-experiment interviews with the prisoners and guards, and comparisons with real prisons. Running time: 50 minutes.
Monday, February 25. Won’t You Be My Neighbor (2018) with Prof. Sally Clark
In this charming and provocative documentary, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. For over thirty years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion. There hadn’t been anything like Mr. Rogers on television before and there hasn’t been since. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood. Neville pays tribute to this legacy with the latest in his series of highly engaging, moving documentary portraits of essential American artists. Running time: 94 minutes.
Monday, March 11. And Then They Came for Us (2017) with Prof. Shayani Bhattacharya
Seventy-five years ago, Executive Order 9066 paved the way to the profound violation of constitutional rights that resulted in the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. Featuring George Takei and many others who were incarcerated, as well as newly rediscovered photographs of Dorothea Lange, And Then They Came for Us brings history into the present, retelling this difficult story and following Japanese-American activists as they speak out against the Muslim registry and travel ban. Knowing our history is the first step to ensuring we do not repeat it. And Then They Came for Us is a cautionary and inspiring tale for these dark times. Running time: 40 minutes.
Monday, March 25. To the Ends of the Earth (2016) with Prof. Michael Schroeder
This award-winning documentary follows concerned citizens living at the frontiers of extreme oil and gas extraction, bearing witness to a global energy crossroads. The people we meet are uniquely positioned to watch this crossroads unfold–like the mayor of an Inuit village in Canada’s high Arctic who is concerned that seismic testing for oil in the ocean is blowing up the eardrums of the animals the Inuit hunt to survive. Or the environmental lawyer who journeys to the tar sands of Alberta and learns of the massive inputs of energy that have to be put into this resource and the reasons why the second largest oil project in the world is economically unsustainable. Or the river conservationist in Utah who fights to protect the Colorado River from oil shale projects that would poison its headwaters. To the Ends of the Earth highlights the voices of those who denounce the rise of extreme energy and envision the new energy future that is taking shape in its stead. Running time: 82 minutes.
Monday, April 8. Of Gods and Men (Des hommes et des dieux, 2011) with Prof. Evangel DiMarco
In this award-winning drama, eight French Christian monks are living in harmony with their Muslim brothers in a monastery perched in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990s. When a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps though the region. The army offers them protection, but the monks refuse. Should they leave? Despite the growing menace in their midst, they slowly realize that they have no choice but to stay, come what may. The film is loosely based on the life of the Cistercian monks of Tibhirine in Algeria, from 1993 until their kidnapping in 1996. "Patient and restrained, Of Gods and Men asks deep, profound questions that will linger in the audience's mind long after the movie." (Rotten Tomatoes). Running time: 120 minutes.