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Film | Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners (2012): An Activist's Journey


A documentary that chronicles the life of young college professor Angela Davis, and how her social activism implicates her in a botched kidnapping attempt that ends with a shootout, four dead, and her name on the FBI's 10 most wanted list. 102 min.   Q&A with director Shola Lynch after the screening
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Feb 26
7:00 pm

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Films, February 26, 2020, 02/26/2020, Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners (2012): An Activist's Journey

Film | Sorry We Missed You (2020): Advance Screening of Gig Economy Drama


Hoping that self-employment through gig economy can solve their financial woes, a hard-up UK delivery driver and his wife struggling to raise a family end up trapped in the vicious circle of this modern-day form of labour exploitation. Director: Ken Loach Stars: Kris Hitchen, Debbie Honeywood, Rhys Stone 101 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 27
6:00 pm

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Films, February 27, 2020, 02/27/2020, Sorry We Missed You (2020): Advance Screening of Gig Economy Drama

Film | Capernaum (2018): Boy Sues His Parents


While serving a five-year sentence for a violent crime, a 12-year-old boy in Lebanon sues his parents for neglect. Director: Nadine Labaki Stars: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole 150 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 27
6:30 pm

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Films, February 27, 2020, 02/27/2020, Capernaum (2018): Boy Sues His Parents

Film | At Home in Utopia (2008): An Epic Social Experiment 


During the economic boom of the 1920s, thousands of immigrant Jewish factory workers managed to build the house of their dreams, a cooperative apartment complex at the edge of Bronx Park. Then they were hit by the Great Depression. At Home in Utopia bears witness to an epic social experiment across two generations in the Coops - a place known as "little Moscow" - where people tried to change the American dream into one that included racial justice and workers' rights. Directed by Michal Goldman 133 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 27
7:00 pm

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Films, February 27, 2020, 02/27/2020, At Home in Utopia (2008): An Epic Social Experiment&nbsp;

Film | Fonja (2019): Imprisoned Youth Discover the Camera


Fonja is a film made by the youngest and possibly most exceptional film crew of Madagascar. Over the course of a four-month film production workshop, ten detainees from the male youth prison of Madagascar’s largest detention center in the capital Antananarivo discover the camera for the first time. While they learn about the specifications and rules they also develop their very own approach to use the camera. Directors: Ravo Henintsoa Andrianatoandro, Lovatiana Desire Santatra, Sitraka Hermann Ramanamokatra, Jean Chrisostome Rakotondrabe, Erick Edwin Andrianamelona, Elani Eric Rakotondrasoa, Todisoa Niaina Sylvano Randrialalaina, Sitrakaniaina Raharisoa, Adriano Raharison Nantenaina, Alpha Adrimamy Fenotoky, Lina Zacher 80 min. In Malagasy with English subtitles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Thu, Feb 27
7:00 pm

Free
Films, February 27, 2020, 02/27/2020, Fonja (2019): Imprisoned Youth Discover the Camera

Film | Gundermann (2018): German Rock Singer/Coal Miner


The real life story of East German singer and writer Gerhard Gundermann and his struggles with music, life as a coal miner and his dealings with the secret police (STASI) of the GDR. Director: Andreas Dresen Stars: Milan Peschel, Alexander Scheer, Bjarne Madel | 127 minutes. In German with English subtitles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Fri, Feb 28
7:00 pm

Free
Films, February 28, 2020, 02/28/2020, Gundermann (2018): German Rock Singer/Coal Miner

Film | Crazy Rich Asians (2018): Romantic Comedy Based On Bestseller


This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family. 120 min. Director: Jon M. Chu. Starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh. The filming of Crazy Rich Asians was done in Malaysia and Singapore. The film grossed $238 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing romantic comedy in a decade.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Feb 29
2:00 pm

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Films, February 29, 2020, 02/29/2020, Crazy Rich Asians (2018): Romantic Comedy Based On Bestseller

Screening | The Goat and Her Three Kids (2019): Short Film Based on Romanian Fairy Tale


Based on Romania's best know fairy tale, this short film aims to unveil the true nature of the famed bed time story and to treat the audience to a different perspective, one that offers a glimpse at what the tragedy actually looks like beyond the happy songs and colorful characters. The writer and director, Victor Canache, will share with you the saga behind the project and will happily answer any questions you have.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sat, Feb 29
6:00 pm

Free
Screenings, February 29, 2020, 02/29/2020, The Goat and Her Three Kids (2019): Short Film Based on Romanian Fairy Tale

Film | Easy Living (1937): A Screwball Comedy


This class will look at some of the best films of the screwball genre. There will be an introduction to each film and a screening followed by a class discussion. During the Great Depression, a wealthy banker throws away his wife's expensive fur coat; it lands on the head of a stenographer, leading to everyone assuming she is his mistress and has access to his millions. 88 min. Director: Mitchell Leisen. Starring Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold, Ray Milland. The song "Easy Living" was composed for the film by composers Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin, and it has since become a jazz standard, made famous by Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and many other jazz singers. Screwball comedy is a subgenre of the romantic comedy genre that became popular during the Great Depression, originating in the early 1930s and thriving until the early 1940s. It is widely known for satirizing the traditional love story.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Mar 2
6:00 pm

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Films, March 02, 2020, 03/02/2020, Easy Living (1937): A Screwball Comedy

Film | Dark Passage (1947): Crime Thriller With Humphrey Bogart


A man convicted of murdering his wife escapes from prison and works with a woman to try and prove his innocence. Director: Delmer Daves. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Bruce Bennett. Dark Passage is based on the 1946 novel of the same name by David Goodis.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Mar 4
2:00 pm

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Films, March 04, 2020, 03/04/2020, Dark Passage (1947): Crime Thriller With&nbsp;Humphrey Bogart

Screening | Cloud in Pants: A Video-Poem


In 1915 Vladimir Mayakovsky shocked the Russian poetry scene with his epic poem “Cloud in Pants.” One hundred years later, Vadim Astrakhan has not only translated the poem into English in his trademark “modernizing / universalizing” fashion, but also put it on film. In this film he recites the poem in both Russian and English against a vibrant and unique visual background that conveys the spirit of the Russian Avant-garde. Vadim Astrakhan is a translator and performer from New Jersey.  He is known for his “Vysotsky in English” project, for which he produced English translations of four full length Vladimir Vysotsky albums and played over 80 shows worldwide, including at Stanford, MIT, Carnegie-Mellon, and here at NYU in March of 2016. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Mar 4
5:30 pm

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Screenings, March 04, 2020, 03/04/2020, Cloud in Pants: A Video-Poem

Film | Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey (2011): Award-Winning Irish Documentary


Winner of the International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Glasgow and the Best Feature Documentary prize at the Galway Film Fleadh. An account of the tumultuous political career of Northern Irish activist and 'speechifier' Bernadette Devlin McAliskey atmospherically conveys the complex and volatile environment, both personal and political, in which she rose to power. Director Lelia Doolan will be present at the event for Q&A. 88 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Thu, Mar 5
6:00 pm

Free
Films, March 05, 2020, 03/05/2020, Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey (2011): Award-Winning Irish Documentary

Film | Lost Girls (2020) Advanced Screening of Netflix Film


When her 24-year-old daughter disappears, Mari Gilbert tirelessly drives law enforcement agents to find her missing daughter, and in the process, uncovers more than a dozen unsolved murders of young sex workers in an insular community near the outer banks of Long Island. Based on a true story. Director: Liz Garbus Stars: Thomasin McKenzie, Amy Ryan, Dean Winters 95 min. Followed by a conversation with director and two-time Academy Award nominee Liz Garbus.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Thu, Mar 5
6:00 pm

Free
Films, March 05, 2020, 03/05/2020, Lost Girls (2020) Advanced Screening of Netflix Film

Film | What's Love Got to Do with It (1993): Tina Turner Biopic with Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne


The story of singer Tina Turner's rise to stardom and how she gained the courage to break free from her abusive husband, Ike Turner. Director: Brian Gibson 118 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Mar 5
6:00 pm

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Films, March 05, 2020, 03/05/2020, What's Love Got to Do with It (1993): Tina Turner Biopic with Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne

Film | Charles Chaplin's A Countess from Hong Kong (1967): Romantic Comedy With Marlon Brandon And Sophia Loren


In Hong Kong, the ambassador returning to America meets the Russian countess, a refugee without a passport, who decides to hide in his cabin. Director: Charles Chaplin. Starring Marlon Brando, Sophia Loren, Sydney Chaplin. The film's theme song, "This Is My Song", written by Chaplin and performed by Petula Clark, became a worldwide success, topping the charts in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, the Netherlands and Belgium, while reaching number three in the United States and number four in Canada.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sat, Mar 7
2:00 pm

Free
Films, March 07, 2020, 03/07/2020, Charles Chaplin's A Countess from Hong Kong (1967): Romantic Comedy With Marlon Brandon And Sophia Loren

Screening | Bringing Up Baby (1938): Screwball Comedy With Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant


This class will look at some of the best films of the screwball genre. There will be an introduction to each film and a screening followed by a class discussion. While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard, Baby. 102 min. Director: Howard Hawks. Starring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Charles Ruggles. In 1990, Bringing Up Baby was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant", and it has appeared on a number of greatest-films lists, ranking at 88th on the American Film Institute's 100 greatest American films of all time list. Screwball comedy is a subgenre of the romantic comedy genre that became popular during the Great Depression, originating in the early 1930s and thriving until the early 1940s. It is widely known for satirizing the traditional love story.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Mar 9
6:00 pm

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Screenings, March 09, 2020, 03/09/2020, Bringing Up Baby (1938): Screwball Comedy With Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant

Film | The White Squadron (1936): Italian War Drama


Lieutenant Mario Ludovici, an army officer, gets himself transferred to a Libyan post when his romance with society girl Cristiana goes on the rocks. Ludovici is looked upon as a weakling by Captain Santelia, the hard-boiled commander of the troops, but after a bitter campaign against a rebel tribe Ludovici proves his true worth and returns as commander when Santelia is mortally wounded. Cristiana arrives and tries to entice him to return to Rome, but he decides to stay in Africa with the army. Directed by Augusto Genina Starring Fosco Giachetti, Antonio Centa, Fulvia Lanzi 94 min. In Italian with English subtitles.
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Mon, Mar 9
6:30 pm

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Films, March 09, 2020, 03/09/2020, The White Squadron (1936): Italian War Drama

Film | Gilda (1946): Film-Noir Drama With Rita Hayworth


A small-time gambler hired to work in a Buenos Aires casino learns that his ex-lover is married to his employer. 110 min. Director: Charles Vidor. Starring Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready. In 2013, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant".
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Mar 11
2:00 pm

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Films, March 11, 2020, 03/11/2020, Gilda (1946): Film-Noir Drama With Rita Hayworth

Film | Closeness (2017): Russian Drama


In the late-1990s squalid town of Nalchik, a poor young Jewish couple is kidnapped and a grievous ransom is demanded, as bitter resentments and cruel dilemmas come to light, magnifying the small community's grave predicament. Director: Kantemir Balagov Stars: Atrem Cipin, Olga Dragunova, Veniamin Kac 118 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Mar 11
7:30 pm

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Films, March 11, 2020, 03/11/2020, Closeness (2017): Russian Drama

Film | The Harder They Come (1972): Reggae Singer's Struggle


Wishing to become a successful Reggae singer, a young Jamaican man finds himself tied to corrupt record producers and drug pushers. Director: Perry Henzell Stars: Jimmy Cliff, Janet Bartley, Carl Bradshaw 120 min. Free popcorn will be served, and a discussion will follow the screening.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Mar 13
6:00 pm

Free
Films, March 13, 2020, 03/13/2020, The Harder They Come (1972): Reggae Singer's Struggle

Screening | Ruff Cuts 5: Student Films


Produced by graduate students in the School of Media Studies, this is a series of screening sessions for undergraduate and graduate Media Studies students to exhibit and discuss their media works in progress.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Mar 13
7:00 pm

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Screenings, March 13, 2020, 03/13/2020, Ruff Cuts 5: Student Films

Film | Hannie Caulder (1971): A British Western


After she is raped and her husband murdered, a woman hires a bounty hunter to instruct her in the use of a gun so she can get her revenge on the three outlaws responsible. 85 min. Director: Burt Kennedy. Starring Raquel Welch, Robert Culp, Ernest Borgnine. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Mar 14
2:00 pm

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Films, March 14, 2020, 03/14/2020, Hannie Caulder (1971): A British Western

Screening | Discover Bhutanese Dance


Karen Greenspan, author of Footfalls from the Land of Happiness: A Journey Into The Dances of Bhutan, offers an insightful tour of the extensive footage of Bhutanese dance, filmed by Core of Culture.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Mar 16
6:00 pm

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Screenings, March 16, 2020, 03/16/2020, Discover&nbsp;Bhutanese Dance

Film | The Big Heat (1953): Experienced Cop After Corruption


Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate. 89 min. Director: Fritz Lang. Starring Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando.  The Big Heat was selected for inclusion in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 2011.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Mar 18
2:00 pm

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Films, March 18, 2020, 03/18/2020, The Big Heat (1953): Experienced Cop After Corruption

Screening | High Fidelity: New Hulu Romantic Comedy Series


Hulu’s new romantic comedy series is a reimagining of Nick Hornby’s 1995 bestseller and a movie of the same name. Zoë Kravitz plays Rob, a record store owner in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, who revisits past relationships through music and pop culture while seeking that one true love. Hear from members of the cast and creative team on making TV in New York, and how you flip the script on a beloved novel and film, with a woman lead and a 21st century cast.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Wed, Mar 18
6:30 pm

Free
Screenings, March 18, 2020, 03/18/2020, High Fidelity: New Hulu Romantic Comedy Series

Film | Mahogany (1975): Oscar Nominated Romantic Drama With Diana Ross


Struggling Chicago fashion design student Tracy (Diana Ross) goes from rags to riches when a chance meeting with hotshot fashion photographer Sean (Anthony Perkins) in the department store where she works leads to a runway life as a model in Rome. Tracy's overnight success and strong ambitions bring her professional success as a designer, but her diva antics may destroy her relationship with social activist Brian (Billy Dee Williams), as well as her respect in the fashion world. 109 min. Directors: Berry Gordy, Tony Richardson, Jack Wormser. Starring Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Perkins. Mahogany was nominated for the best original song Academy Award.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Mar 21
2:00 pm

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Films, March 21, 2020, 03/21/2020, Mahogany (1975): Oscar Nominated Romantic Drama With Diana Ross

Film | Chavela (2017): A Game-Changing Artist


Through its lyrical structure, Chavela takes viewers on an evocative, thought-provoking journey through the iconoclastic life of game-changing artist Chavela Vargas. Centered around never before-seen interview footage of Chavela shot 20 years before her death in 2012, and guided by the stories in Chavela’s songs, and the myths and tales others have told about her – as well as those she spread about herself – the film weaves an arresting portrait of a woman who dared to dress, speak, sing, and dream her unique life into being. Directed by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi   93 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Mar 23
5:30 pm

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Films, March 23, 2020, 03/23/2020, Chavela (2017): A Game-Changing Artist

Screening | Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony (2013)


Celebrated to this day for its ability to heal, repair, and bring people together across great divides, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony has become an anthem of liberation and hope that has inspired many around the world. Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony is a documentary film about the global impact of Beethoven’s final symphony. 90 min. Director: Kerry Candaele.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Mar 23
6:00 pm

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Screenings, March 23, 2020, 03/23/2020, Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony (2013)

Film | Men Don't Cry (2017): Ceaseless Battlegrounds


An empty Serbian hotel becomes one more battleground in the ceaseless Yugoslav Wars. Nearly 20 years after the official end of hostilities, many former combatants have still never truly escaped. Director: Alen Drljevic Stars: Boris Isakovic, Leon Lucev, Emir Hadzihafizbegovic 98 min. In Bosnian with English subtitles. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the film's director Alen Drljević, film scholar Dijana Jelača, and professor Tanya Domi. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Mar 24
6:15 pm

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Films, March 24, 2020, 03/24/2020, Men Don't Cry (2017): Ceaseless Battlegrounds

Film | Murder, My Sweet (1944): Film-Noir Crime Drama


After being hired to find an ex-con's former girlfriend, Philip Marlowe is drawn into a deeply complex web of mystery and deceit. 95 min. Director: Edward Dmytryk. Starring Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Mar 25
2:00 pm

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Films, March 25, 2020, 03/25/2020, Murder, My Sweet (1944): Film-Noir Crime Drama

Film | Dangerous Youth (1969): Love Triangle in Taiwan


A love triangle between a prostitute, a pimp, and a procuress in Taiwan. Director: Hsin Chi 95 min. Followed by discussion with Dr. Chun-chi Wang, Director of Taiwan Film Institute, and Ying Qian, Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Mar 25
7:00 pm

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Films, March 25, 2020, 03/25/2020, Dangerous Youth (1969): Love Triangle in Taiwan

Screening | Nonfiction Shorts Film Festival


The Media Center will be hosting its annual spring film festival with a focus on nonfiction short films by and about womxn.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Mar 26
6:00 pm

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Screenings, March 26, 2020, 03/26/2020, Nonfiction Shorts Film Festival

Screening | Write Me (2019): Reclaiming Their Bodies


A short film by Pearl Gluck follows an older woman who joins other survivors in reclaiming the histories tattooed on their bodies. The film focuses on tattoos – an aesthetic choice for some, but a permanent reminder of harrowing past events for survivors of trafficking and the Holocaust. A panel of women scholars from diverse fields will discuss the role of branding of women’s bodies in the context of human trafficking and power. Speakers will be Rochelle G. Saidel, founder and executive director of the Remember the Women Institute; Lauren Hersh, National Director of World Without Exploitation; Carol E. Henderson, editor of Imagining the Black Female Body; Ornit Barkai, documentary filmmaker of the forthcoming Laid to Rest: Buried Stories of the Jewish Sex Trade; and moderator Amy Sodaro, Professor of Sociology, CUNY.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Mar 26
7:00 pm

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Screenings, March 26, 2020, 03/26/2020, Write Me (2019): Reclaiming Their Bodies

Film | Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe (2016): Exile's New Life


This film charts the years of exile in the life of famous Jewish Austrian writer Stefan Zweig, his inner struggle for the "right attitude" toward the events in war torn Europe, and his search for a new home. Directed by Maria Schrader Stars: Valerie Pachner, Tómas Lemarquis, Barbara Sukowa 106 minutes. In German with English subtitles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Mar 27
7:00 pm

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Films, March 27, 2020, 03/27/2020, Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe (2016): Exile's New Life

Film | Love with the Proper Stranger (1963): Five time Oscar nominated drama


Angie Rossini is an innocent Italian Catholic Macy's salesgirl, who discovers she's pregnant from a fling with Rocky, a musician. 102 min. Director: Robert Mulligan. Starring Natalie Wood, Steve McQueen, Edie Adams. 102 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Mar 28
2:00 pm

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Films, March 28, 2020, 03/28/2020, Love with the Proper Stranger (1963): Five time Oscar nominated drama
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