• UMass Amherst Flavin Family Auditorium (SOM 137), Amherst
  • Every 1 week(s) between
    February 28, 2018 and April 25, 2018
  • Category: Film

Event Details

  • Every 1 week(s) between
    February 28, 2018 and April 25, 2018
  • Wednesdays, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Free


Event Description

Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival 2018

Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival at University of Massachusetts Amherst celebrates 25th Anniversary Season in Spring 2018 with theme of: "Film Lives!" All events are free and open to the public. Screenings will commence February 28 and continue every Wednesday evening at 7:30pm through April 25. Presented at UMass Amherst, SOM 137 auditorium, unless otherwise noted. This milestone anniversary season shines a spotlight on documentary filmmaking, primarily by women directors, foregrounding narratives of individual and collective lives in critical times. The festival will host seven filmmakers present for post-screening discussions, including two Five College alumni. Screenings are accompanied by critical introductions by scholars and filmmakers. Screenings are held on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus in the Isenberg School of Management Flavin Family Auditorium (137 SOM) at 7:30pm on Wednesday evenings unless otherwise noted; free and open to the public. For opening night on February 28, the Festival welcomes back acclaimed Brooklyn-based filmmakers Pamela Yates (UMA '72) and Paco de Onis for the Pioneer Valley premiere of 500 Years, an exposé of Guatemala's official history of brutality, entrenched racism and genocide through the indigenous Mayan population's uprising that threatens to topple a corrupt government, in this final installment of the filmmakers' award-winning Resistance Saga Trilogy. On March 7, Erin McGlothlin (Washington U.) presents "In Search of Suchomel in Claude Lanzmann's Shoah: Constructing the Holocaust Perpetrator between the Outtakes and the Finished Film," with new insights from extensive research in the archives of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. The lecture is followed by a screening of Adam Benzine's Academy Award-nominated documentary, Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah (2015), as the Lanzmann recalls the life-threatening challenges of tracking down Nazi officials and survivors in the making of his masterpiece, Shoah. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide & Memory Studies. March 14: Spring Break, no screening. GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II (2017), a groundbreaking feature documentary for public television, foregrounds the 550,000 American Jews who saw action on all fronts during WWII in interviews with veterans who bring their unique war experiences to life. Director Lisa Ades will be present for Q&A for this Pioneer Valley premiere on March 21, co-sponsored by the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, with a second screening sponsored by Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival at 7:00pm Monday, March 26, Springfield Jewish Community Center, Goldstein Auditorium, 1160 Dickinson Street. On March 28, the 10th edition of the UMass Catalan Film Festival presents Institutions of Fear/Els Internats de la Por(2016, Catalonia), a provocative documentary broadcast on Catalan television and directed by Montse Armengou & Ricard Belis that explores the history of children incarcerated and abused across Spain in cases that remain to be addressed. For complete listings: https://www.facebook.com/CFFUMass/ On April 4, the Festival honors the memory of renowned literary and cultural critic Svetlana Boym (1959-2015) who left the USSR for the US at age 21 to become the Carl Hugo Reisinger Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature at Harvard University. Boston-based director Judith Wechsler will be present for discussion of Svetlana Boym: Exile and Imagination (2017), her moving documentary tribute to Boym's legacy. On April 11, the festival presents the New England premiere of Angel Wagenstein: Art is a Weapon (2017), a documentary essay on the Bulgarian screenwriter, novelist, and lifelong revolutionary who at 95 remains a passionate witness to history and an active participant in the debate on Bulgaria’s rocky post-communist future. The following evening, Thursday April 12, a screening of Stars/Sterne takes plac

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