Category Humanities

The Past

The Past (2013)

MLLI Film Festival
Tuesday, March 31 | 7 p.m.
The Past (2013)
LH 1

Full of the same astute and compassionate observations about unraveling, unhappy relationships, conjugal and otherwise, that distinguished his previous work, A Separation (2011), Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s latest film is set in a working-class suburb of Paris. (Click heading for full description.)

Le Havre

Le Havre (2011)

MLLI Film Festival
Thursday, April 2 | 7 p.m.
Le Havre (2011)
Physics Building Room 101

A wonderful celebration of France’s national motto—liberty, equality, fraternity—Aki Kaurismäki’s Le Havre is also something of a paean to World War II Resistance dramas. Told in Kaurismäki’s signature deadpan style, Le Havre centers around Marcel Marx, a once-famous Parisian writer now making his living shining shoes in the northern port town of the title. (Click heading for full description.)

Kid with a Bike

The Kid with a Bike (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2011)

MLLI Film Festival
Monday, April 6 | 7 p.m.
The Kid with a Bike (2011)
Sherman Hall Room 003

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s sublime tale of love and redemption begins with an 11-year-old boy in frantic, desperate motion. Refusing to acknowledge that he’s been abandoned by his father, Cyril escapes the children’s home where he’s been living, hoping to be reunited with his dad—and to find his lost bicycle. (Click heading for full description.)


Polisse (Maïwenn, 2011)

MLLI Film Festival
Wednesday, April 8 | 7 p.m.
Polisse (2011)
Administration Building Room 101

Based on real cases from the Paris Child Protection Unit, Polisse examines the brutal tasks of ten CPU officers, bringing together an ensemble cast composed of some of the finest actors working in France today, including Marina Foïs, Karin Viard, and Jérémie Elkaïm. Much like superlative TV procedurals such as The Wire, Polisse—the title is a child’s misspelling of police—has the immediacy of news ripped from the headlines. (Click heading for full description.)

Rebecca Adelman

Microscopic War: Fragmenting Vision in Contemporary American Militarism

Humanities Forum
Thursday, April 9 | 4:00 p.m.
Rebecca Adelman, Assistant Professor, Media and Communication Studies, UMBC
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Editors manipulate the tiniest elements of digital images to obscure combat atrocities. The U.S. Army invests billions in a pixelated camouflage pattern to keep soldiers safely invisible. The NSA disaggregates human targets into miniscule bits of information. These seemingly disparate phenomena comprise a microscopic approach to militarization. Converging to fragment our view of the violence of war, they raise urgent questions about what it means to be spectators, subjects, and citizens. (Click heading for full description.)


Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits (South Korea, Chan-kyong Park, 2013)

MLLI Film Festival
Friday, April 10 | 2:30 p.m.
Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits (2013)
Physics Building Room 101

Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits is a documentary/drama/fantasy film about a woman who was shunned for being possessed by spirits as a girl. Based on the life story of Korea’s most famous living shaman, Kim Keum-hwa, this film shows how she grows to be a great shaman who embraces the pain of all people, and how she comes to be honored as a national treasure of Korea with her outstanding artistic talents throughout Korea’s tumultuous history. (Click heading for full description.)

Oh Boy

Oh Boy/A Coffee in Berlin (Germany, Jan-Ole Gerster, 2012)

MLLI Film Festival
Tuesday, April 14 | 7 p.m.
Oh Boy/A Coffee in Berlin (2012)
Public Policy Building Room 105

Niko hasn’t found his calling nor his niche in life yet after dropping out of his law studies at the university and getting cut off from further funding by his father. Drifting through life and the Berlin urban landscape, he encounters various types of sycophants, losers and wannabees in a single day. This wry comedy with tragic moments pivots on Niko’s repeated and unexpected failures at getting a cup of coffee at every turn. (Click heading for full description.)


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