Thursday, March 29, 2012

Cultural Studies Association Conference, UCSD

Seeing is Believing: Documentary Film, Art and the Materiality of Evidence 
4:00-5:45pm • Room: Solis 110

Revisiting memory: Touring Sites of Traumatic memory Kristi M. Wilson, Soka University of America

The 1985 Trials of the Argentine Juntas: Court Testimonies, Visual Documentation, and the Erasure of evidence Tomás F. Crowder-Taraborrelli, Soka University of America.

Documentary Film as Material Witness and Social Conscience in "The Stranger". Jennifer Barker, East Tennessee State University.

Access to Evidence: Film and/as Archive Stephen Cooper, California State University, Long Beach.

Chair: Tomás F. Crowder-Taraborrelli, Soka University of America.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Articulo sobre "Presunto Culpable"

Milenio Online

Tras la sentencia que se emitió la semana pasada, en la que se indica que el documental Presunto culpable saliera de circulación, Marina Stavenhagen, titular del Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía (Imcine), reconoció que “ignoro el detalle de cómo salió esta sentencia, habría que conocerla a fondo. De entrada, a nosotros nos parece terrible que se enlate, que se retire de la circulación”.

La historia de Antonio Zuñiga de nueva cuenta vuelve a crear polémica. Foto: Archivo

“Definitivamente hay una reflexión necesaria que tenemos todos pendiente, que es una reflexión sobre el papel del documental, los límites de lo público, lo privado, la ética, la estética y todo aquello que va a aparejado al ejercicio de la creación”, destacó al ser entrevistada en el encuentro de cine y video documental pendiente Contra el silencio todas las voces.

Vive su auge el documental

En medio del crecimiento de la producción cinematográfica nacional, se revela el auge que el género documental vive no sólo en México, sino a nivel mundial.

Para leer el resto del articulo ir al siguiente link:

Chile hace el cine mas interesante de Latinoamerica

RIO - Uma obra suave, rica de observações sensíveis’, definiu o júri do Festival de Roterdã, no início de fevereiro, para justificar a entrega de um de seus três troféus Tigres, os principais da mostra holandesa, para "De jueves a domingo", o longa-metragem de estreia da chilena Dominga Sotomayor. Tratava-se de um prêmio importante para uma jovem cineasta de 26 anos, mas também de uma confirmação: vem do Chile o cinema mais interessante feito na América Latina hoje.

Roterdã repetiu os indícios que vêm sendo dados por festivais como Sundance, Cannes, Berlim ou Veneza, cujas seleções vêm abrindo cada vez mais espaço para a produção de uma nova geração chilena. É uma situação semelhante ao que ocorreu há uma década com os filmes pós-crise financeira do cinema argentino ou com os favela movies do cinema brasileiro. A maior diferença é que, no Chile atual, os filmes não surgem de problemas econômicos ou sociais. São originados de um cinema suave, rico de observações sensíveis.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Drama social folclórico


Cuadernos de Cine argentino


Date: 05.10.2012

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Pauling 216

A formidable figure, standing at 5'8" and weighing over 300 pounds, Cheryl Haworth struggles to defend her champion status as her lifetime weightlifting career inches towards its inevitable end. Strong! chronicles her journey and the challenges this unusual elite athlete faces, exploring popular notions of power, strength, beauty, and health.

Special Panelists:
Gigi Freeman- Director of Cross Country/Track & Field at Soka University of America

Jeanette DePatie- (AKA The Fat Chick) A plus-sized, certified fitness teacher, marathoner, triathlete, author and public speaker who has spent nearly two decades helping thousands of people who haven't exercised in a while (or ever) learn to love their bodies and love exercise again. In her roles as Vice President of the Association of Size Diversity And Health and spokeswoman for NAAFA-LA, Jeanette advocates for the Health At Every Size® approach to wellness. Jeanette recently released a book and DVD "The Fat Chick Works Out! (Fitness that's Fun and Feasible for Folks of All Ages, Shapes, Sizes and Abilities)" and has recently teamed up with Ragen Chastain to release a new forum for exercisers of size ( You can learn more about Jeanette, her live and web streamed classes, personal training program, book, DVD and blog on her web site (

Hell and Back Again

Date: 04.19.2012

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Pauling 216

What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home - injured physically and psychologically - and build a new life? HELL AND BACK AGAIN that asks and answers these questions with the conflict in Afghanistan as the backdrop. Two overlapping narratives intercut: the life of a Marine on the war front, and the life of the same Marine in recovery at home – creating a realistic depiction of how Marines experience this war.

The story follows the U.S. Marines Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, as they launch a major assault on a Taliban stronghold in Southern Afghanistan. Within hours of being dropped deep behind enemy lines, Sergeant Nathan Harris's unit is attacked from all sides. Cut off and surrounded, the Marines fight a ghostlike enemy and experience immense hostility from displaced villagers. Frustration grows on both sides, as any common ground, or success, seems elusive.

The parallel story begins with Sergeant Harris's return home to his wife in the U.S., after he is severely injured. He's in terrible physical pain, and becomes addicted to his pain medication. But his psychological pain may be worse, as he attempts to reconcile the immense gulf between his experiences at war, and the terrifying normalcy of life at home. These two stories intertwine to communicate both the extraordinary drama of war and the no less shocking experience of returning home, as a whole generation of Marines struggles to find an identity in a country that prefers to be indifferent.

Special Panelists:
Dr. Ryan Caldwell, Soka University of America, author of Fallgirls: Gender and the Framing of Torture at Abu Ghraib (2012).

Kristen Parrinello, former member of the U.S. Navy and member of The Mission Continues, which helps veterans use their skills in their communities.

More Than a Month

Date: 03.15.2012
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Pauling 216

Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a 29-year-old African American filmmaker, is on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. Through this tongue-in-cheek journey, More Than a Monthinvestigates what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a "post-racial" America.

The Independent Television Service (ITVS), KOCE-TV (PBS) and Soka University of America are pleased to announce the third year of the Community Cinema series, which begins in September 2011. The largest public interest outreach program in public or commercial television, Community Cinema features a sneak peek of nine documentaries set to broadcast on the award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. Community Cinema, in partnership with the Humanities Program and Student Affairs, screens films monthly from September through May.

After the screenings, Community Cinema features panel discussions with leading community based organizations, special guest speakers, information, resources, and other programming designed to help our students and our community learn more about the issues and get involved. The panel for this film will include Jared Sexton, an Associate Professor of African American Studies and Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine.

Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock

Date: 02.23.2012

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Pauling 216

As a black woman who was a feminist before the term was invented, Daisy Bates refused to accept her assigned place in society. Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock tells the story of her life and public support of nine black students who registered to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, which culminated in a constitutional crisis — pitting a president against a governor and a community against itself. Unconventional, revolutionary, and egotistical, Daisy Bates reaped the rewards of instant fame, but paid dearly for it.