1968 and Global Cinema

October 19–November 29, 2018

In conjunction with a new book, this series focuses on the radical cinema that emerged from the political and social upheavals of the late sixties.

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  • WR: Mysteries of the Organism

  • Ciné-tracts

  • Soleil Ô

  • How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman

  • The Battle Front for the Liberation of Japan—Summer in Sanrizuka

  • Upcoming
  • Past
  • Past

Past Films

  • The Battle Front for the Liberation of Japan—Summer in Sanrizuka

    • Thursday, November 29 7 PM
    Shinsuke Ogawa
    Japan, 1968

    Archival Print

    Ogawa’s battle-scarred call-to-arms follows Japanese student activists and radical laborers fighting against forced eviction. A classic of activist documentary by an essential but little-known filmmaker.

  • Soleil Ô

    • Saturday, November 17 5:30 PM
    Med Hondo
    Mauritania, 1970

    New Digital Restoration

    A laborer moves from West Africa to Paris in search of a better life, but finds instead a modern version of slavery, in this “scathing attack on colonialism” (Harvard Film Archive).

    Introduction by Christina Gerhardt

  • Ciné-tracts

    • Thursday, November 15 7 PM
    Jean-Luc Godard, Jackie Raynal, Alain Resnais, Philippe Garrel, Gérard Fromanger, et al.
    France, 1968

    A selection of formally inventive, highly politicized short silent films made amid the strikes and uprisings of 1968 Paris.

    Introduction by Julia Nelsen

  • As Above, So Below

    • Wednesday, November 14 7 PM
    Larry Clark
    United States, 1973

    Clark’s drama of post-Watts resistance and black power is a rediscovered masterpiece and a key work of the L.A. Rebellion. With Frances Bodomo’s short Everybody Dies!

    Larry Clark, Ra Malika Imhotep, and Jamal Batts in Conversation

  • The Cow

    • Sunday, November 11 7 PM
    Dariush Mehrjui
    Iran, 1968

    This landmark of the Iranian New Wave is a portrait of village life where isolation and extreme poverty create their own social structure. “The first Iranian film to deal with the small-scale, the unredeemed and the unheroic” (Hamidreza Sadr).

    Introduction by Targol Mesbah

  • WR: Mysteries of the Organism

    • Saturday, November 3 5:30 PM
    Dusan Makavejev
    Yugoslavia, 1971

    BAMPFA Collection Print
    Film to Table dinner follows

    Makavejev brings a surreal combinatory style and radical sexual politics to a docu-fictional exploration of Wilhelm Reich and his implications for world revolution.

    Introduction by Pavle Levi

  • Out of the Vault: Radical Shorts

    • Friday, November 2 4 PM

    BAMPFA Collection Prints

    This assembly of radical works encompasses local activism (Newsreel’s Black Panther and San Francisco State on Strike), global movements (Santiago Alvarez’s Now! and 79 Springtimes), and feminist statements (Gunvor Nelson and Dorothy Wiley’s Schmeerguntz).

    Introduction by The Black Aesthetic

  • How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman

    • Friday, October 19 7 PM
    Nelson Pereira dos Santos
    Brazil, 1972

    New Digital Restoration

    A Frenchman captured by Indians learns the true meaning of assimilation in this landmark of postcolonial cinema-as-resistance, a slyly entertaining mixture of anthropology, black humor, political allegory, and ubiquitous nudity.

    Introduction by Natalia Brizuela