Cinema has the incredible power to change the world. Since its creation, it’s been used as propaganda or commercial advertisement. Film can have an alienating effect on its audience. It can make people think, change their mind, challenge reality and it contributes to empathy and knowledge.
For our course Activism Now! we have invited radical thinkers and specialists to introduce us to the films that changed their worlds or that contributed to a better understanding of it. Together we underline the power of cinema.
Lecture and Screenings (Lectures are in English)
La Haine by Mathieu Kassovitz (1995, 98′, DCP)
Floris Mosselman talks about how La Haine (1955) was received back when the film came out, and how the film could be watched today.
Réponses de Femmes by Agnes Varda (1975, 8′, DCP)
Le Bonheur by Agnès Varda (1965, 80′, DCP)
Asli Ozgen-Tuncer talks about feminist activism and feminist filmmakers’ search for a new cinematic language, focussing on Agnès Varda and her film Le Bonheur (1965).
The Incredible Shrinking Man by Jack Arnold (1957, 81′, DCP)
Arne Hendriks talks about his project The Incredible Shrinking Man – an investigation into the possibility of downsizing the human species to just 50 centimeters tall.
Malcolm X by Spike Lee (1992, 202′, DCP)
Qasim Arif talks about how he was introduced to Malcolm X, who became one of his role-models growing up as a Muslim in the West.
Slam by Partho Sen-Gupta (2018, 115′, DCP)
Shirin Mirachor introduces Slam (2018), tells us more about her (media related) projects and after the screening hosts a Q&A with its director Partho Sen Gupta.
Starship Troopers by Paul Verhoeven (1997, 129′, DCP)
Etienne Augé talks about how many films are intended for a purpose, but understood differently by audiences as well as experts.