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film series
event series

  • Documentary Voices

    September 1–November 10, 2021

    This fall our ongoing series Documentary Voices returns to BAMPFA’s Barbro Osher Theater with a selection of classic and contemporary nonfiction films that bring history to light in a variety of engaging and inventive ways.

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  • Alternative Visions

    September 8–November 17, 2021

    Our annual showcase Alternative Visions continues with 1990s Japanese experimental films by women, with guest curators Wakae Nakane and Miryam Sas in conversation. Collage animator Janie Geiser also presents a program of her recent films, created from a haunting array of visual... View

  • Limited Engagements & Special Screenings

    Ongoing

    Recent releases, restored classics, and special guests grace the Barbro Osher Theater.

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  • Kazuo Miyagawa: Cinematographer and Visual Stylist

    October 23–November 28, 2021

    One of film’s most talented cinematographers, Kazuo Miyagawa worked with many of the great Japanese directors, including Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, Kon Ichikawa, and Masahiro Shinoda, all represented in this series, which foregrounds his artistry on the big... View

  • New Time: The Future Is Feminist

    October 24, 2021–January 29, 2022

    Conceived in dialog with BAMPFA’s major exhibition New Time, The Future Is Feminist brings together a diverse range of works made since 2000 by women filmmakers representing an array of feminist voices and aesthetics, variously observational, confrontational,... View

  • The Black Film Ambassador: The Ecstatic World of Albert Johnson

    October 30–November 26, 2021

    Dedicated to a pillar of the Bay Area film scene, film critic, curator, and educator Albert Johnson (1925–1998) the films in this series gesture toward the breadth of his interests and provide a welcome opportunity to celebrate his brilliant legacy.

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  • Afterimage: Walter Murch in Conversation

    November 6–20, 2021

    Walter Murch, whose accomplishments have earned him respect and praise as “the film editor’s editor” and “a sound and image guru,” is our guest for Afterimage, sharing his wisdom on editing and sound design in three in-depth conversations.

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  • Marguerite Duras: The Seamless Past and Present

    November 11–28, 2021

    The celebrated French author and filmmaker Marguerite Duras is the focus of this trio of works, including the Bay Area premiere of Suzanna Andler. Also featured are Alain Resnais’s Hiroshima mon amour and a new restoration of Le navire Night.

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  • Streaming: Free Films for Members

    Ongoing

    Our ongoing series of free films for members features Whisky, an award-winning deadpan comedy from Uruguay about minor subterfuge and awkward loyalties, “the story of ordinary life artfully and touchingly told” (New York Times).

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