CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS2010. Germany. Dir: Werner Herzog. With . 90 min
The ever-curious Bavarian guides us through the world’s oldest and most exclusive art gallery: the Chauvet cave paintings of southern France. Flickering, shifting light reveals awe-inspiring proto-cinematic images – we’re asked to consider what these images in turn might say about our ancestors and the nature of art.
BLOOD DIAMOND2006. USA/Germany. Dir: Edward Zwick. With Djimon Hounsou, Leonardo DiCaprio. 143 min
This work of intense, gripping entertainment opens up the human drama at the heart of a tragic real-life struggle: the intricate link between Africa’s diamond trade and the funding of its violent unrest, set here amidst the brutal atrocities of the Sierra Leone Civil. Co-sponsored by WesAmnesty, who will present information about this issue.
STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN1982. USA. Dir: Nicholas Meyer. With William Shatner, Ricardo Montalban. 113 min
You don’t have to be a giant nerd to enjoy this movie. The appeals are universal: fun future tech like phasers and warp drives; a vengeful, genetically-engineered tyrant armed with brain-controlling eels; young Kirstie Alley as a hot Vulcan; and, of course, the absolute acme of Shatnerian over-acting.
CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH2009. China/Hong Kong. Dir: Chuan Lu. With Liu Ye. 132 min
At times unfathomably violent, at other profoundly human, Chuan’s crossover art film presents a harrowing depiction of the Nanking Massacre with a controversially nuanced portrayal of its Japanese perpetrators. Beautiful cinematic form confronts viewers with their own ignorance, complicity, or indifference to history.