Doc Buffs 2018 Spring Schedule

Thursday, January 25 – Firdaus Kharas: the animated activist
Run time: 50 minutes. Production date: 2013.
Location and time: Special Collections Libraries Auditorium (Room 271); 3:00 pm

With few resources and a fierce will, Firdaus Kharas has created six series of behavior-change animated shorts to prevent AIDS, malaria, domestic violence and to promote children’s rights. He’s adapted them into 90 languages for distribution in 150 countries. Shot over four years in seven countries, The Animated Activist chronicles ‘No excuses’, this Peabody Award-winner’s boldest campaign: to prevent domestic violence against women and children by humorously attacking such justifications as culture and religion. The result is an intimate portrait of how and why real human rights start with individuals.

Thursday, February 22 – Pray the Devil Back to Hell
Run time: 57 minutes. Production date: 2011.
Location and time: Special Collections Libraries Auditorium (Room 271); 3:00 pm

Pray the Devil Back to Hell is the inspiring story of the grassroots Liberian women’s movement, led by activist Leymah Gbowee, which stood up to the warlords and regime of dictator Charles Taylor in the midst of a civil war, and helped to win peace for their country in 2003. Ms. Gbowee was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in October 2011, along with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Yemeni Tawakkol Karmon. From the “Women, War & Peace” series.

Thursday, March 15 – Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill: Public Hearing, Private Pain
Run time: 58 minutes. Production date: 1992.
Location and time: Special Collections Libraries Auditorium (Room 271); 3:00 pm

This program charts the course of Clarence Thomas’s nomination hearings and explores how the bitter battle reached deep into the psyche of black America. While the Thomas-Hill confrontation was reported as a story about the rift between the sexes, producer Ofra Bikel finds, after talking with black Americans, that the dynamics of race–being black in America–were inescapably at the heart of the story. Through interviews with prominent black Americans, Bikel probes how little understanding existed in the way blacks and whites viewed the nomination battle. Black Americans recall how they watched events and media coverage expose the indifference and misunderstanding America brings to race as well as the fears and hypocrisy. This program also explores black Americans’ perception of the embattled nominee, revealing how black men and women sharply differed in their views of Thomas and how Anita Hill’s charges opened up unspoken taboos and conflicts within the black community.  From the “Frontline” series.

SPECIAL DAY: Tuesday, April 10 – Noodle Road: Connecting Asia’s Kitchens
Run time: 58 minutes. Production date: 2009. Peabody Award winner.
SPECIAL Location and time: Room 277, Special Collections. Meeting time: 10:00 a.m.

For this special meeting, we will be joined by members of the Lunch Bunch. After the screening, we’ll go eat some noodles at Just Pho (located about a mile away on Baxter St.)

Noodles are a food with a fantastic shape. They are a cultural symbol and bond that ties all Asians together. They provide a clue which will help us unravel the mysteries of the Silk Road, and they are humanity’s first fast food and an inexpensive way the people of the world nourish themselves. The purpose of the documentary is to explore the 5,000-year history of noodles which have transcended boundaries and cultures to become one of the world’s most popular foods. Noodles are enjoyed all over Asia in a wide variety of ways. How did Asians from a wide array of environments and areas come to accept noodles into their cultures? The secret to the handmade noodles of Shanxi, China, where noodles were born, is in the region’s alkaline water. Meanwhile, countries, such as Bhutan high up in the Himalayas where wheat doesn’t grow and Korea in the Far East, began making buckwheat noodles using an entirely different technique. The people of South East Asia first learned to make noodles from the Han people and used rice in order to develop an entirely different kind of noodles. We’ve explored how noodles connect all the kitchens of Asia and play a crucial role in the rites of passage of various cultures.

Thursday, May 24 – Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian
Run time: 57 minutes. Production date: 2010. Peabody Award winner.
Location and time: Special Collections Libraries Auditorium (Room 271); 3:00 pm

Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes a look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through a century of cinema. Traveling through the heartland of America, and into the Canadian North, Diamond looks at how the myth of ‘the Injun’ has influenced the world’s understanding — and misunderstanding — of Natives. Reel Injun traces the evolution of cinema’s depiction of Native people from the silent film era to today, with clips from hundreds of classic and recent Hollywood movies, and candid interviews with celebrated Native and non-Native film celebrities, activists, film critics, and historians. Diamond meets with Clint Eastwood (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; A Fistful of Dollars; Unforgiven) at his studios in Burbank, California, where the film legend discusses the evolution of the image of Indians in Westerns and what cowboy-and-Indian myths mean to America. Reel Injun also hears from legendary Native American activists John Trudell, Russell Means, and Sacheen Littlefeather.

Celebrities featured in Reel Injun include Robbie Robertson, the half-Jewish, half-Mohawk musician and soundtrack composer (Raging Bull, Casino, Gangs of New York); Cherokee actor Wes Studi (Last of the Mohicans, Geronimo), filmmakers Jim Jarmusch (Dead Man) and Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals); and acclaimed Native actors Graham Greene (Dances with Wolves, Thunderheart) and Adam Beach (Smoke Signals, Clint Eastwood’s Flags of our Fathers). Diamond also travels North to the remote Nunavut town of Igloolik (population: 1,500) to interview Zacharias Kunuk, director of the Cam’ra d’or-winning The Fast Runner.

Diamond takes the audience on a journey across America to some of cinema’s most iconic landscapes, including Monument Valley, the setting for Hollywood’s greatest Westerns, and the Black Hills of South Dakota, home to Crazy Horse and countless movie legends. It’s a loving look at cinema through the eyes of the people who appeared in its very first flickering images and have survived to tell their stories their own way.

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