[Blackstudies-l] The Alan Lutkus International Film Series

okada at geneseo.edu okada at geneseo.edu
Wed Oct 13 14:23:30 EDT 2010

Dear Students:

I would like to warmly invite you to the Fall 2010 Alan Lutkus
International Film Series at SUNY Geneseo.  Please mark your calendars for
a fascinating new slate of films showing at 7 pm in 204 Newton Hall on
October 28, November 11, and December 2, presented by our faculty. Please
invite friends, classmates, and roommates and ask your professors if they
accept extra credit for attending--many do.  As always, all films are free
and open to the public:

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The Alan Lutkus International Film Series Presents:

El Camino de Santiago (Spain/UK, Jose Alvarez, 110”)
Thursday, October 28, 7:00 p.m.Newton Hall 204.  Discussant:  Dr. Lori
Bernard, Foreign Languages and Literatures.

The Way of St James  (Camino de Santiago) is a medieval pilgrimage to the
Cathedral in the city of Santiago de Compostela (north of Spain).  The
Camino today is an international phenomenon and attracts thousands of
people from all around the world and from all beliefs. This exceptional
documentary reaches the heart of El Camino, the feeling of the interviewed
characters, the pilgrims and their irreplaceable support: the
'hospitaleros'. This documentary links a series of interviews from
different backgrounds and nationalities, discovering the essence of this
famous route crossed by over 180.000 people just on the Holy Year 2004.

The Neo African Americans (US/Ghana, Kobina Aidoo, 64”)
Thursday, November 11, 7:00 p.m. Newton Hall 204 Discussant: Maria Lima,

Through interviews with social scientists, activists, and African,
Caribbean and Afro-Latino immigrants now living in cities across the
United States, THE NEO-AFRICAN-AMERICANS is a documentary that analyzes
the major issues arising from black migration--self-identification, income
inequalities, black-on-black tensions, education, affirmative action,
among many others--in one compelling hour of video. The filmmaker, Kobina
Aidoo, describes THE NEO-AFRICAN-AMERICANS as a living documentary. Since
the first time the film was shared with the public (June 08), it has been
presented as part of lecture series in more than fifty universities across
the country, incorporating audience feedback in the current version.

Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (India, Aparna Sarna, 2002, 120”)
Thursday, December 2, 7:00 p.m. Newton Hall 204. Discussant:  Dr. Farooq
Sheikh, Business.

In writer-director Aparna Sen's award winning film Mr. and Mrs. Iyer,  a
Muslim man, Raja, and a Brahmin woman, Meenakshi, get to know each other
on a fateful cross-country bus trip to Calcutta. Filled with singing
teenagers, doddering old people, card-playing drunkards, freshly-married
love birds and a crying baby, the bus suggests a mini-India. Just when
noise and claustrophobia threaten to overwhelm the film, the ship-of-fools
scenario is tipped by unforeseen violence: extremist Hindus are on a
rampage looking for Muslim blood to avenge the burning of a village.  As
their journey progresses, the two grow closer and closer, but nothing can
change the fact that Mrs. Iyer's real husband is waiting for her at the
end of the line.

Presented by the Office of the Provost, the Departments of English,
Foreign Languages and Literatures, Business, and the IFS Committee


Jun Okada
Assistant Professor of Film Studies
218B Welles Hall
Department of English
State University of New York, Geneseo

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