This evening’s program will feature eight short films produced in the Direct Animation & Cameraless Filmmaking Materials Lab Workshops this spring. The workshops were offered in conjunction with our current special exhibition, Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55, on view through June 3, 2018.
The Harvard Art Museums will screen the winning films in the fifth annual Harvard College Film Festival, which provides undergraduates across the world with an opportunity to create and submit films to be screened, judged, and awarded for creative excellence and powerful perspective.
Asmarina is a documentary about the Eritrean-Ethiopian community in Italy.It traces the complex networks of colonial legacies, transnational migrations, family ties and diasporic politics.The result is a collective tale which brings to light a postcolonial heritage that has been little scrutinized up to now: the everyday life stories of those who have lived in the country for years, those who were born there and the daycare of the refugees who have just arrived.
Presented by: Harvard Art Museums Tickets: This program is free and open to the...
Radcliffe College Room, Schlesinger Library, 3 James Street, Cambridge MA
“The Love Witch” casts an intense spell, which simply must be seen to be believed. Samantha Robinson stars in a surreal performance as Elaine, a self-described love witch currently driving through California on a hunt for The One. Elaine is a femme fatale for the history books—instantly iconic even as she appears plucked from the gauzy filters of another era. “The Love Witch” is feminist high camp: outspoken and outrageous in its intent, familiar and fun in its play with pastiche but absolutely surprising. It is also a testament to a new voice in feminist cinema and its fairy tales.
Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA
Benjamín Naishtat is an Argentinian filmmaker. His works includes experimental and fictional works, such as the shorts "El Juego" (2010) and "Historia del Mal" (2011) and the features "Historia del Miedo" (2014) and "El Movimiento" (2015). His third feature film, "Rojo," will have its release in early 2018.
By turns political documentary, archival history, and lyrical exploration of the relationship between past and present, Filipa César’s 2017 film Spell Reel presents a trove of footage taken during Guinea-Bissau’s war of independence from Portugal (1963–74) in West Africa. Following the screening, director Filipa César will discuss the film with Kate Rennebohm, a Ph.D. candidate in film and visual studies at Harvard University.
This documentary film about the habesha (Eritrean/Ethiopian community) of Milan, Italy, engages in historical disruption of the relationship between colonialism and diaspora. Interweaving testimonies of first- and second-generation habesha immigrants in Milan, archival research, photography, and music, the film brings to light Italian postcolonial heritage and its effects on present-day place of Italians of color, immigrants, and refugees.
Lamont Library, Forum Room, followed by a viewing of the exhibition "Landmarks: Maps as Literary Illustration" and reception, Houghton Library
Artist, freelance illustrator and educator Andrew DeGraff discusses how objective can a mapper be when the subject itself is subjective? It is an exercise that is revealing of the artist, the storyteller, and the story itself as the story is translated from medium to medium.