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Cinema in the Midst of Struggle 2019-2020

Caption from Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai (Nakul Singh Sawhney, 2015)

Caption from Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai (Nakul Singh Sawhney, 2015)

Based out of Concordia’s Global Emergent Media Lab, Cinema in the Midst of Struggle is a public screening series that aims to raise awareness of historical and contemporary anti-colonial, anti-racist, anti-imperialist, and anti-capitalist struggles. Our programming explores a wide spectrum of historical models of political filmmaking that have been produced in response to specific infrastructural and contextual dynamics. These case studies are separated by time and geopolitics, but each challenge the necessity of an idealized form of a pure activist film-work by exemplifying real projects that took on the resources of their circumstance to make a political intervention, or bring light to an urgent struggle. Understanding the relations between these films, the political struggles they participate in, and the alternative modes of production, distribution, and exhibition they represent, provides us with a unique opportunity to better understand the dynamics and necessity of internationalist solidarity in the global fight for economic and social justice.

Unless indicated otherwise, all events will start at 7:00 PM

2019-2020 Schedule:

Bearing witness, holding space: National Populism, Post Truth and the Documentary Form

Location: GEM Lab

November 7

Spell Reel (2017, Filipa César) Screening + Workshop in collaboration with PAM, Feminist Media Studio, and Goethe-Institute Montréal Location: La Lumiere Collective + GEM Lab

November 17 + 19

The House of History (1996, Qadir Taheri)

Location: DeSeve Cinema

January 24

Selected Shorts from the Yangon Film School

Location: EV 1.605

March 6

Sara Gómez Short + Feature: En la otra isla (1968) + De cierta manera (1977)

Location: EV 1.605

March 28

- Sarika Joglekar, Marco Meneghin, and Tanvi Rajvanshi.

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