Film series picks up at Utica College


UTICA – After being on hiatus last year due to COVID, Film @ UC, a long-standing tradition in the community, will welcome vaccinated / masked people to the Utica College campus to watch interesting films again and difficult to find at no cost.

This semester’s moviegoers will enjoy the story of a Tibetan entrepreneur haunted by visions, the true story of how a group of female textile workers from Osaka became feminist role models, and the story of an African immigrant who struggles to make a new life that lets itself be drawn into the underworld, as well as several other captivating films that viewers would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.

Utica College is one of the few venues outside of the festival circuit to screen some of the titles that are slated to air. To screen “Lunana”, for example, a film that follows a young teacher in the capital of Bhutan who is completing his final year of training, Jeff Miller, associate professor and chair of communication arts and director of Film @ UC, negotiated directly with the French distributor of the film. Other films such as “In Search of a Woman with Fangs and a Mustache” and “Sabaya” are some of the other exclusive titles that will be screened during the fall lineup.

The film series boasts a history spanning more than 50 years, begun by a group of students in 1964. It was formalized by former professor Scott MacDonald in 1973, was taken over by Miller in 2000. The films are screened in the Macfarlane auditorium located in DePerno. Hall on the UC campus every Thursday at 7 p.m.

The fall 2021 schedule is:

September 2: Lunana: a yak in class (2019, 110 minutes)

A young teacher from the capital of Bhutan arrives in a remote northern community to complete his final year of training and finds himself affected by the high altitude, lack of amenities and the disarming warmth of local children.

September 9: Looking for a woman with fangs and a mustache (2021, 114 minutes)

After visiting an abandoned temple in central Kathmandu, a Tibetan entrepreneur in his thirties, skeptical of superstitions, is haunted by visions that herald his imminent death and, on the advice of a monk eccentric, lead him to roam the city in search of a Dakini. , a mysterious being who embodies the Buddhist teachings on “feminine energy”.

September 16: Undine (2020, 90 minutes)

The modern love life of a museum historian in Berlin is complicated by the fact that she is a mythological water nymph who can only remain human as long as she is in love with a man, but who is doomed to die s ‘he is unfaithful to her.

September 23: Witches of the Orient (2021, 100 minutes)

The true story of how a group of female textile workers from Osaka became feminist role models, the subject of a very popular comic book and still influential anime, and of the fiercely volleyball team competition from Japan who triumphed at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics is told through archival footage of women in training and on the pitch, animated versions of their championship matches, and moving interviews with women today.

September 30: Never snow again (2020, 113 minutes)

A handsome and enigmatic Ukrainian masseur arrives in a wealthy gated community in Poland where his insane and depressed clients come to believe he has extraordinary, perhaps even magical, healing abilities.

October 7: Berlin Alexanderplatz (2020, 183 minutes)

An African immigrant struggling to make a new life in Germany soon realizes how difficult it is to be just undocumented, and as his life spirals out of control, he is ultimately sucked into the Berlin underworld in this reinterpretation. timely from Alfred Döblin’s novel about a man who tried to be good “but then ran out of money”.

October 14: Sabaya (2021 90 minutes)

With just a cell phone and a gun, Mahmud, Ziyad and their group risk their lives infiltrating al-Hol, the sprawling and dangerous camp for refugees and displaced people in Syria, in the hopes of locating and freeing them. women and girls of the Yazidi religion. minority who are held as sex slaves by ISIS supporters who live there secretly in this heartbreaking documentary.

21st of October : This is not a movie: Robert Fisk and the politics of truth (2019, 106 minutes)

This crucial documentary portrays the late journalist Robert Fisk who, for more than forty years, risked his life relentlessly to obtain first-hand accounts of countries devastated by war.

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