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  • Afterimage: Leslie Thornton

    10/15/14 to 10/16/14

    New York–based experimental filmmaker Leslie Thornton combines original and found footage, sound, and texts to create indefinable works that cross narrative, science fiction, ethnography, and documentary forms. She presents her work and joins in conversation with Pooja Rangan,... View

  • I'm Weiwei: Activism, Free Expression, Human Rights

    11/2/14 to 12/11/14

    A series in solidarity, I'm Weiwei addresses many of the issues that confront the great Chinese artist Ai Weiwei-basic human rights, free expression, incarceration, abuses of state power. Innovative documentaries offer portraits of men and women who have found themselves actively... View

  • Jean-Luc Godard: Expect Everything from Cinema

    11/8/14 to 12/13/14

    Godard's films from the 1980s, the focus of this installment in our ongoing retrospective, mark a (relative) return to narrative. Genres from slapstick to detective stories are mined, juxtaposition and fragmentation are enlisted, and sound and image angle for supremacy. Ultimately... View

  • Ready for His Close-Up: The Films of Billy Wilder

    1/15/15 to 2/28/15

    The superlative American director Billy Wilder, who wrote and directed over two dozen films, worked the fine, serrated edge between-between dark noirs and ribald comedies, between blithe romance and sorrowful drama. Our series showcases his pithy storylines, breakneck banter, and... View

  • Jean-Luc Godard: Expect Everything from Cinema

    1/16/15 to 2/13/15

    Our yearlong Jean-Luc Godard retrospective continues with some of the master's more recent films, as well as two of his monumental, rarely screened serial essays, France/tour/détour/deux/enfants and Histoire(s) du cinéma. “A body of work that is truly rich and strange, and as... View

  • African Film Festival 2015

    1/17/15 to 2/17/15

    This year's edition of our annual African Film Festival focuses on liberation movements-both today and in the past-and on women filmmakers, including one of the first women to make films in Africa, Sarah Maldoror.

  • Film 50: History of Cinema

    1/21/15 to 4/29/15

    Our annual film-lecture course, copresented with UC Berkeley's Department of Film and Media, showcases an exciting lineup of world cinema classics, globetrotting between continents and featuring strong examples from various film movements and historical periods.

  • Documentary Voices 2015

    1/27/15 to 2/24/15

    This year's edition of our annual spring series Documentary Voices features masters of the medium, from Robert Flaherty to Frederick Wiseman to Harun Farocki. Presented in conjunction with the UC Berkeley course History of Documentary Film taught by Linda Williams, the series... View

  • Afterimage: Filmmakers and Critics in Conversation: Mati Diop

    2/19/15 to 2/21/15

    French filmmaker Mati Diop, who started as an actress in Claire Denis's 35 Shots of Rum, is known for “beautifully inscrutable” films “drawn from memory, experience, and chance encounters” (André Picard). We are delighted that Diop joins us to present and discuss her work in... View

  • Serialities 1915/2015

    2/25/15 to 2/27/15

    The programs in this series, presented as part of the Third International Berkeley Conference on Film and Media, reflect just a fraction of what can happen when single films, artists, and television go serial. Why have serials-on television, online–become the quintessential... View

  • Committed Cinema: Thomas Allen Harris

    Thomas Allen Harris (E Minha Cara/That’s My Face, VINTAGE: Families of Value) situates stories of his own family within larger contexts to open possibilities of political action and social change. He visits BAM/PFA to present two of his visually striking and insightful essay films... View

  • J.P. Sniadecki

    Afterimage: J.P. Sniadecki

    Filmmakers & Critics in Conversation

  • Thanks to Henri Langlois: A Centennial Tribute

    One of the final series in our current theater honors French film archivist and cinephile Henri Langlois (1914–1977), who inspired the international cinematheque movement and whose approach greatly informed the vision of BAM/PFA. Our tribute includes French silent cinema as well... View

  • The Phantom Foe

    Experience a classic of the silent serial genre with the fifteen hair-raising episodes of this adventure tale featuring the Phantom Foe, an elusive and sinister criminal mastermind. “A rediscovered proto-feminist masterpiece of terror and tension!” (Jurij Meden, George... View

  • Melodrama Master: John M. Stahl

    If you like Douglas Sirk, you'll love John M. Stahl. Stahl (1886–1950 ), the original Hollywood melodrama master.

  • The Poetry of Time: Andrei Tarkovsky

    Influential Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky (1932–1986) "invented a new language, true to the nature of film" (Ingmar Bergman). This complete retrospective extends from Tarkovsky's powerful first film, Ivan's Childhood (1962), to his final, the elegiac The Sacrifice (1986).... View

  • New Video Art from India

    A program of recent video art from India, including work from Mumbai, Goa, and New Delhi. Titles include Logic of Birds, Man with Cockerel, Fjaka, Iceboat, Between the Waves, Forerunner, and Night Noon. 

  • An Open Window: Víctor Erice

    July 29–August 2, 2015

    Spanish director Víctor Erice is revered for his masterpieces of contemplative cinema, reflecting on childhood, cinema, and the passing of time. We are honored that Erice will visit BAM/PFA to present his complete oeuvre of feature films and discuss his work with curator and... View

  • Afterimage: Nino Kirtadze

    Filmmakers & Critics in Conversation

    Filmmaker Nino Kirtadze is known for documentaries that explore contemporary Georgia, Russia, or the relationship between the two. She joins us for short residency to present her work and to discuss them, and the issues they raise, with film critic Michael Guillen. 

  • Cinema Mon Amour

    February 3–7, 2016

    Opening Week Celebration

    Celebrate and remember our storied past as we embark on this exciting new chapter in our institution’s history.

  • Love Exists: The Films of Maurice Pialat

    February 5–March 25, 2016

    Pialat (1925–2003) is considered the greatest French filmmaker of the post–New Wave era. A gifted storyteller, Pialat made films that capture the authenticity of real life. 

  • In Focus: The Role of Film Archives

    February 10–March 16

    Go behind the scenes with this lecture/screening series featuring presentations by America’s leading film archivists.

  • Documentary Voices 2016

    February 10–April 13, 2016

    A selection of recent and historical films that extend the documentary form in provocative ways. With Alan Berliner as our first Les Blank Lecturer.

  • African Film Festival 2016

    February 11–March 19, 2016

    The festival spotlights new work from Africa and the African diaspora, including a new crop of documentaries.

  • Cinema Mon Amour: Guy Maddin

    February 12–14, 2016

    Join wildly entertaining filmmaker Guy Maddin as he presents his own work, including 2015's The Forbidden Room, plus some of his favorites from film history.

  • Movie Matinees for All Ages 2016


    Introduce young people to the joys of the big-screen cinematic experience with Saturday afternoons at the movies.

  • The End and the Beginning, Eduardo Coutinho (Brazil, 2006)

    Eduardo Coutinho: A Cinema of Listening

    February 25–April 15, 2016

    Stories told by everyday people about their lives—"films as conversations"—from legendary Brazilian documentarian Eduardo Coutinho (1933–2014).