Passport to World Cinema Series: Xingu
Nov 20 2013 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Presented by the School of Film and the Philadelphia Film Society, the "Passport to World Cinema" monthly film series features the past year's strongest cinema from around the globe. Each of the screenings – shown on 35mm film when possible –includes a notable international film title from the recent film festival circuit and a post-screening talkback led by a local film connoisseur.
This month features "Xingu," based on the true story of three brothers who seek adventure in the presumed uninhabited center of Brazil in 1943. They befriend a village of Xingu Indians and together build an airstrip, bringing civilization and disease. With breathtaking visuals and an eerie, rich sound design, “Xingu” tells an inspiring story of human rights and environmental activism that remains as controversial and relevant today as it was 70 years ago.
Nora M. Alter is professor of Film and Media Arts at Temple University. Her teaching and research have been focused on 20th and 21st century cultural and visual studies from a comparative perspective. She is author of Vietnam Protest Theatre: The Television War on Stage (1996), Projecting History: Non-Fiction German Film (2002), Chris Marker (2006) and co-editor with Lutz Koepnick of Sound Matters: Essays on the Acoustics of Modern German Culture (2004). She has published essays on German and European Studies, Film and Media Studies, Cultural and Visual Studies, and Contemporary Art.
Screenings are $5 for the general public and free to both University of the Arts ID holders and Philadelphia Film Society members.Gershman Hall
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