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2002 Fall War and Peace


January 30, 2014

“Camp de Thiaroye”

Based on real events, this feature film deals with the fate of African soldiers repatriated to Dakar in 1944 after long years of military service in Europe. Instead of returning to their local communities, the soldiers are placed in a transit camp where they confront the reinstated French colonial power. 1988, Senegal, 152 minutes. Directed […]

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“The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On”

One of Japan’s great films, this impassioned cinema-verite documentary is an account of the one-man wrecking crew/dissident, Okuzaki Kenzo. Okuzaki was an ex-Private of the 36th Engineering Corps who fought in the West Pacific during World War II. Since the late 1950’s Okuzaki took it upon himself to right the wrongs of Japan’s military past […]

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“War and Peace”

This groundbreaking, award-winning documentary explores the moment when India and Pakistan ushered in the new age of the nuclear bomb–and a new peace movement. Anand Patwardhan delves into this post-colonial moment of “nuclear nationalism” occurring 50 years (and three Indo-Pakistani wars) after India and Pakistan’s independence, at a time in which “pacifism has become known […]

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“Testament”

The film is about a suburban American family, and what happens to that family after a nuclear war. It is not a science-fiction movie, and it doesn’t have any special effects, and there are no big scenes of buildings blowing over and people disintegrating. We never see a mushroom cloud. We never even know who […]

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“Level Five”

Mixing fiction and documentary, Chris Marker’s film is an elegiac essay on war and memory, technology and loss, peace and history. Laura (the charismatic Catherine Belkhodja) uses a computer to try and play a game that reconstructs the Battle of Okinawa, but she keeps getting stalled by system errors. 1997, France, 110 minutes. Directed by […]

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“Roadblocks”

As of June 2002, there were 274 Israeli roadblocks in the autonomous Palestinian Territories. Passing through these roadblocks is a true test for the thousands of Palestinians, who move from one city or district to another. The film follows five characters that face the roadblocks near Ramallah on a daily basis 2002, USA/Palestine, 30 minutes.

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“The Sound of My Violin in My Lai”

This is the story of the dedication of the My Lai Peace Park, which recalls the massacre, the rescue of some Vietnamese by American helicopter pilots, and the reunion of former enemies thirty years late. It looks forward to a future where such things are never to be repeated. 2002, Vietnam. 30 minutes. Directed by […]

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“The Liberal War”

One of the great films about the American war in Vietnam, Macdonald’s handmade production sheds light on American policy and governmental arrogance long before McNamara’s various mia culpas. The film challenges all those other “political documentaries that parade as truth.” Directed by Nick Macdonald.

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Terror, Realism and the Tenacious Stereotype

Participants Mark Juergensmeyer Director, Global and International Studies Program; Department of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara “Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence” Allen Feldman International Trauma Studies Program New York University “Ground Zero Point One: On the Cinematics of History” Kenneth Roth Executive Director, Human Rights Watch Human […]

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Terrorism or Liberation?

Conference Participants: Robert O’Neill Student, University of California, Berkeley Friday, November 15, 10:45-11:45 a.m. Heather Zwicker Department of English University of Alberta

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The Bomb

Participants: Mary MacNaughton Director, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery and Associate Professor of Art History Atomic Sublime: Abstract Expressionism in the Nuclear Age October 17, 4:15 p.m. Hampton Room, Malott Commons Hugh Gusterson Anthropology and Science Studies, Program in Science, Technology, and Society Massachusetts Institute of Technology “The Second Nuclear Age” Margot Henriksen Department of History […]

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Women, Gender, and War

Symposium Participants Miriam Cooke Department of African & Asian Languages and Literature, Duke University “Women’s Jihad Before and After September 11” Susan Jeffords Department of English University of Washington “Who Are the Women?” Jacqueline Siapno Department of Political Science and Melbourne Institute of Asian Languages and Societies University of Melbourne “Between Knowledge and Practice: Challenges […]

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