2021 Schedule of Events

Livestream Conversation and Q&A - “Telling Our Story, Singing Our Song: Preserving and Protecting Our Sacred Spaces in Dangerous Times”
Livestream Conversation and Q&A - “Telling Our Story, Singing Our Song: Preserving and Protecting Our Sacred Spaces in Dangerous Times” Live Stream
Available: Feb 18, 2021 00:30 Until: Feb 18, 2021 01:30

Filmmakers Stacey Holman and Shayla Harris of PBS’s "The Black Church" join Amilcar Shabazz, Professor in the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, for a livestream Conversation “Telling Our Story, Singing Our Song: Preserving and Protecting Our Sacred Spaces in Dangerous Times,” and a Q&A with the audience.

Livestream Conversation and Q&A with Cecilia Aldarondo
Livestream Conversation and Q&A with Cecilia Aldarondo Live Stream
Available: Feb 25, 2021 00:30 Until: Feb 25, 2021 01:30

A live conversation and audience Q&A with the Director Cecilia Aldarondo moderated by filmmaker and Five College Visiting Artist, Patricia Montoya.

Livestream Conversation and Q&A with Sharron Shattuck and Ian Cheney
Livestream Conversation and Q&A with Sharron Shattuck and Ian Cheney Live Stream
Available: Mar 04, 2021 00:30 Until: Mar 04, 2021 01:30

In connection with International Women’s Day, whose 2021 theme is #ChooseToChallenge, the festival invites Sharron Shattuck and Ian Cheney with their film Picture a Scientist on March 3. By turns poignant, enraging, and inspiring, this documentary brings to light the struggles of women scientists confronting an entrenched, pervasive culture of sexism, obstruction and exclusion and forging a new landscape for women in science. The stories of biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring illuminate the struggles these scientists face and point toward a future of equality and inclusion to the benefit of scientists as well as science itself and all who depend on it. Jeanne Hardy, UMass Amherst Professor of Chemistry will introduce the film and participate in a discussion and Q&A with the filmmakers. Co-sponsored by the Biotechnology Training Program at UMass Amherst.

The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song
The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song Screening Block
Available: Mar 04, 2021 12:00 Until: Apr 08, 2021 03:59

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s two-part series, draws us along the transformative history of the Black church in America. Oprah Winfrey, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, Bishop Michael Curry, Cornel West, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Rev. Al Sharpton, Yolanda Adams, Rev. William Barber II, BeBe Winans, Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie and more speak to the power and grace of the Black church across four centuries from slavery to today.

Introduced by Amilcar Shabazz, Professor in the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

THE BLACK CHURCH: THIS IS OUR STORY, THIS IS OUR SONG is a production of McGee Media, Inkwell Media and WETA Washington, D.C., in association with Get Lifted. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the writer, host, and executive producer. Dyllan McGee is executive producer. John F. Wilson is executive producer in charge for WETA. Bill Gardner is the executive in charge for PBS. Stacey L. Holman is the series producer and director. Christopher Bryson and Shayla Harris are producer/directors. Deborah C. Porfido is the supervising producer. Kevin Burke is producer. Robert L. Yacyshyn is the line producer. Christine Fall is the archival producer.

Landfall
Landfall Screening Block
Available: Mar 05, 2021 00:30 Until: Apr 08, 2021 03:59

Through shard-like glimpses of everyday life in post-Hurricane María Puerto Rico, LANDFALL is a cautionary tale for our times. Set against the backdrop of protests that toppled the US colony’s governor in 2019, the film offers a prismatic portrait of collective trauma and resistance. While the devastation of María attracted a great deal of media coverage, the world has paid far less attention to the storm that preceded it: a 72-billion-dollar debt crisis crippling Puerto Rico well before the winds and waters hit. LANDFALL examines the kinship of these two storms—one environmental, the other economic—juxtaposing competing utopian visions of recovery. Featuring intimate encounters with Puerto Ricans as well as the newcomers flooding the island, LANDFALL reflects on a question of contemporary global relevance: when the world falls apart, who do we become?

Picture a Scientist
Picture a Scientist Screening Block
Available: Mar 10, 2021 05:00 Until: Apr 08, 2021 03:59

Picture a Scientist Chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries – including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists – who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.” (Official Website)

Live Conversation and Q&A with the Director Manijeh Hekmat
Live Conversation and Q&A with the Director Manijeh Hekmat Live Stream
Available: Mar 10, 2021 17:00 Until: Mar 10, 2021 18:00

Live conversation and audience Q&A with the Director of "Bandar Band," Manijeh Hekmat, moderated by Maryam Zehtabi. “Filmed during the catastrophic floods of 2019 , Bandar Band is a road movie of aspiring musicians journeying across Iran to compete in a talent contest. Pregnant Mahla along with the other members of Bandar Band, her husband and one of their closest friends, starts her journey to Tehran from a southern province just when they have lost all they had in the flood. They still keep their hopes alive, however every road they take leads to a dead-end in a flood-stricken land. They intend to go to Tehran, but they wonder if it is just another turn around a vicious circle.”

Bandar Band
Bandar Band Screening Block
Available: Mar 11, 2021 05:00 Until: Mar 15, 2021 04:00

Filmed during the catastrophic floods of 2019 , Bandar Band is a road movie of aspiring musicians journeying across Iran to compete in a talent contest. Pregnant Mahla along with the other members of Bandar Band, her husband and one of their closest friends, starts her journey to Tehran from a southern province just when they have lost all they had in the flood. They still keep their hopes alive, however every road they take leads to a dead-end in a flood-stricken land. They intend to go to Tehran, but they wonder if it is just another turn around a vicious circle. (Accessible to Massachusetts audiences only. )

Forensickness and Watching the Pain of Others
Forensickness and Watching the Pain of Others Screening Block
Available: Mar 12, 2021 05:00 Until: Apr 08, 2021 03:59

FORENSICKNESS: In an attempt to analyse Chris Kennedy’s ‘Watching the Detectives’, a researcher dives into a massive archive of media produced after the Boston attacks. Her online wanderings offer a performative exploration of the history of critical thinking and the ruthless politics of truth production.

WATCHING THE PAIN OF OTHERS: In this deeply personal video diary, a young researcher tries to make sense of her fascination for the film "The Pain of Others" by Penny Lane. A deep dive into the discomforting world of YouTube and online conspiracies, that challenges traditional notions of what documentary cinema is, or should be.
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Live Conversation and Q&A with Chloé Galibert-Laîné
Live Conversation and Q&A with Chloé Galibert-Laîné Live Stream
Available: Mar 17, 2021 16:30 Until: Mar 17, 2021 17:30

A livestream conversation and Q&A with videographic essayist, desktop documentarian, filmmaker Chloé Galibert-Laîné, moderated by Professor Barbara Zecchi, Director of Film Studies, UMass Amherst.

Lift Like a Girl
Lift Like a Girl Screening Block
Available: Mar 18, 2021 04:00 Until: Mar 25, 2021 04:00

“On a busy, noisy high-traffic street corner in Alexandria, Egypt, a seemingly vacant corner lot surrounded by chain link fencing is the training site of Egypt’s most elite champions – female weightlifters. Zebiba (Arabic for “raisin”) has been training at the site for five years, since she was 9, following in the footsteps of Egypt’s most famous athletes of all time – including the first Arab, female, two-time Olympic medalist, Abeer Abdel Rahman, and World champion and Olympic athlete, Nahla Ramadan. Nahla’s father, the visionary Captain Ramadan, has bred champions, female champions, from his makeshift corner–lot training site for over two decades – 4 Olympic, 9 World and 17 Pan African champions. Now it is Zebiba’s turn. But can Zebiba put aside her youthful instincts, and direct her focus to be the weightlifting champion the Captain is sure she is?”

Live Conversation and Q&A with Mayye Zayed
Live Conversation and Q&A with Mayye Zayed Live Stream
Available: Mar 24, 2021 17:00 Until: Mar 24, 2021 18:00

Join us for our Live Conversation and Audience Q&A with the Director of "Lift Like a Girl," Mayye Zayed, moderated by Kathryn Lachman.

Your Mother’s Comfort
Your Mother’s Comfort Screening Block
Available: Mar 25, 2021 04:00 Until: Apr 08, 2021 03:59

“‘We transgender are the revolution!’ Indianara Siqueira, trans activist and politician, admonishes her political party for ousting her days before the 2018 Brazilian national elections. In the same election cycle extreme-Right candidate Jair Bolsonaro is a forerunner for president of the republic. Indianara is the mother of a homeless shelter and community center for trans sex workers called Nem House in the center of Rio de Janeiro. Nem House is a squat and facing the threat of eviction Indianara occupies a colonial palace near Nem House to bargain with the city to save the house. As Brazilian democracy crumbles around her she fights to save her community from the uncertain streets.” (Official website)

Live Conversation and Q&A with Adam Golub and Indianara Siqueira
Live Conversation and Q&A with Adam Golub and Indianara Siqueira Live Stream
Available: Mar 31, 2021 23:30 Until: Apr 01, 2021 00:30

Join us for a live conversation and Q&A with the Director of "Your Mother's Comfort" Adam Golub and the central figure in the documentary, trans activist and politician Indianara Siqueira, moderated by Nefeli Forni Zervoudaki.

Lucky Chan-sil
Lucky Chan-sil Screening Block
Available: Apr 01, 2021 04:00 Until: Apr 08, 2021 03:59

A comedy/drama about women in cinema in South Korea, directed by film producer (for Hong Sang-soo) Kim Cho-hee. “After a sudden death of the director she worked with for a long time, a film producer Chan-sil is now unemployed. Jobless and moneyless, she begins to work as a cleaning lady at an actress’ place. By chance, she meets a young man who teaches French to the actress. Chan-sil is strongly attracted to him while her old anxieties begin to emerge; her already-gone-youth, screwed love, and broken career…”

Live Conversation and Q&A with Kim Cho-hee
Live Conversation and Q&A with Kim Cho-hee Live Stream
Available: Apr 07, 2021 23:30 Until: Apr 08, 2021 00:30

Live conversation and audience Q&A with “Lucky Chan-sil” director Kim Cho-hee, moderated by Irhe Sohn, Smith College at the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, UMass Amherst.


In "Lucky Chan-sil," a successful film producer for a celebrated art film director finds her career abruptly derailed when the director dies. Blending dream and reality, Kim infuses her film with humor, imagination and intelligence, connecting a constellation of richly written characters all of whom intersect in some way with Chan-sil’s love of cinema and her calling as a filmmaker.

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