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  • The Cinema of the Absurd: Eastern European Film 1960–1989

    March 26–May 15, 2020

    A series of stark, scathing, and playful films from the former socialist republics of Eastern Europe, where absurdity was a fact of life under authoritarian rule—and a source of cinematic creativity.

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  • Recent Releases & Restorations 2020

    Ongoing

    Limited Streaming Engagements

    Enjoy newly released films and restored classics selected by our curators, now available in your own home.

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  • Pina Bausch on Screen

    April 22–May 9, 2020

    In conjunction with a Cal Performances appearance by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, we feature films about, by, and influenced by Bausch, whose work transformed the visual and emotional vocabulary of dance.

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  • Streaming Spotlight: Three Films by István Szabó

    May 20–August 2, 2020

    Now available for streaming, three award-winning, recently restored films by Hungarian master István Szabó: Confidence, Mephisto, and Colonel Redl, parables of life under political oppression and individual morality in the face of momentous events.

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  • Free Films for Members 2020

    May 30–December 28, 2020

    We’re grateful to our members for standing with BAMPFA during our temporary closure. To show our appreciation, we’re offering a series of free streaming films just for members.

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  • Streaming Spotlight: Patricio Guzmán’s Chile Trilogy

    May 8–August 16, 2020

    In Nostalgia for the Light, The Pearl Button, and The Cordillera of Dreams, Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán explores his country’s traumatic history through cinematic meditations on landscape, geography, and time.

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  • Streaming Spotlight: Madeline Anderson

    July 13–October 31, 2020

    Three documentaries by boundary-breaking filmmaker Madeline Anderson—Integration Report 1, A Tribute to Malcolm X, and I Am Somebody—deliver on-the-ground reports from the front lines of the civil rights movement and the labor struggles of the sixties.

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  • Streaming Spotlight: Romanian Cinema

    July 13–November 8, 2020

    A four-film sampler of twenty-first-century Romanian cinema: Cristi Puiu’s slacker thriller Stuff and Dough, Radu Muntean’s chronicle of revolutionary chaos The Paper Will Be Blue, Alexandru Solomon’s sardonic meta-movie The Great Communist Bank Robbery, and Lucian Pintilie’s... View

  • Alternative Visions 2020

    September 1–November 4, 2020

    Our annual experimental cinema showcase moves online this year with streaming programs of contemporary and historical avant-garde works and special guest presentations on handmade film, Latin American animation, and more.

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  • Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America

    September 8–November 12, 2020

    Discover the vital history and vibrant present of experimental filmmaking in Latin America with three programs of short works, introduced by curator and author Jesse Lerner and complemented by livestreamed conversations with filmmakers.

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  • Exit West: Immigration on Film

    September 8–November 20, 2020

    The films in this miniseries reflect on the experiences of people living in transit, from African and Middle Eastern refugees trying to reach Europe to Latin American and Asian immigrants in the United States. Several filmmakers will join us online to discuss their work.

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  • Free Films for Members: Spotlight on Shirley Clarke

    October 24–November 28, 2020

    The fall installment in our members-only free streaming series features three programs by Shirley Clarke, one of American cinema’s true independents. 

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  • Picture a STEMinist

    Three recent documentaries chronicle the achievements and challenges of exceptional women working in science and technology. Livestreamed talks with women in STEM complement the films.

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  • Free Films for Members: The Global Film Initiative Collection

    December 11, 2020–January 10, 2021

    This installment in our ongoing series of free films for members travels from a struggling cinematheque in Uruguay to the streets of Tbilisi and the steppes of Kyrgyzstan.

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