2011 y:1 Film Series

All films will be shown in the FAC 1948 Theatre and are free and open to the Sweet Briar community only.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011  8:00 PM


La Battaglia di Algeri [The Battle of Algiers] (1966)


A film commissioned by the Algerian government that shows the Algerian revolution from both sides. The French foreign legion has left Vietnam in defeat and has something to prove. The Algerians are seeking independence. The two clash. The torture used by the French is contrasted with the Algerian’s use of bombs in soda shops. A look at war as a nasty thing that harms and sullies everyone who participates in it. (SBC DVD 1005)

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 8:00 PM

Standard Operating Procedure (2008)

 

Director Errol Morris examines the incidents of abuse and torture of suspected terrorists at the hands of U.S. forces at the Abu Ghraib prison. (SBC DVD 2543) The film is related to the book of the same title by Morris and Philip Gourevitch.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 8:00 PM


Yasmin (2004)


In England, the Pakistani Yasmin lives two lives in two different worlds: in her community, she wears Muslim clothes, cooks for her father and brother, and behaves in the traditional manner of a Muslim woman. Further, she enters into a non-consummated marriage with the illegal immigrant Faysal to facilitate the British stamp on his passport and then divorces him. In her job, she changes her clothes and dresses like a Westerner, is considered a typical employee, and has a good Caucasian friend who likes her. After the September 11 attacks, though, the prejudice in her job and in her steers her toward profound change.


 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 8:00 PM


Entre Les Murs [The Class] (2008)


Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood. (SBC DVD 2915)


 

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 8:00 PM


Amreeka (2009)


 

Muna, a single mother in Ramallah, has applied for a visa to the US. When it arrives, her son Fadi, an excellent student, convinces her they should go. After an incident at customs begins their exile badly, they join Muna’s sister and family in Illinois. Muna needs a job: although she has two degrees and 15 years’ experience in banking, she settles for work at White Castle, telling the family her job is at a nearby bank. It’s spring, 2003, and the US invades Iraq. While friends come from unlikely places, Fadi meets prejudice at school. How he’ll respond to it and to American youth culture and how Muna will sort things out with her family are the rest of the story. (Official site.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 8:00 p.m.

 

Milk (2008)

The story of Harvey Milk and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California’s first openly gay elected official.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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