The McGillicuddy Humanities Center Film Series will feature a collection of six films throughout the academic year related to “The Cinema of Colonization and Decolonization.” The global films in the series, from France, Africa, Canada, Argentina and the United States, examine colonialism, racism and post-colonial identity, as well as decolonization of the film industry itself. All films will be shown in the Hill Auditorium in Barrows Hall at 6PM on the listed Monday dates, and will be presented by speakers from across humanities disciplines.
The first film in the series is Zama (2017), directed by Lucrecia Martel. The University of Maine’s Jamie Havercamp (Anthropology) and Carlos Villacorta Gonzales (Modern Languages; Spanish) will introduce the film, discuss it’s depiction of colonial South America, and moderate a Q and A.
Review of Zama by David Sims in The Atlantic:
“Zama is a warped portrait of colonial power left to rot in the sun, a feverishly funny and surreal experience that mostly turns its nose up at narrative. It’s based on Antonio di Benedetto’s 1956 novel of the same name, but that book tells its story through Zama’s internal monologue, as he schemes to find ways out of the assignment he’s been handed by the Spanish empire.”
The film series continues on the following Mondays:
- November 4 – Carol (2015), dir. Todd Haynes, 118 runtime
- November 18 – Before Tomorrow (2008), dir. Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Ivalu, 93 minute runtime
- Spring films and dates announced soon.