Limited Engagements & Special Screenings


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

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  • Women Talking

  • Te Wei, Qian Jiajun: A Shepherd’s Flute

  • Paige Taul: 71

  • Neutra: Survival Through Design

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Upcoming Films

  • Black Life: An Evening with Paige Taul

    • Saturday, February 18 5 PM
    Paige Taul and ruth gebreyesus in Conversation

    Black Life is thrilled to welcome Oakland-born filmmaker Paige Taul back to the East Bay for a screening and conversation about her films. Primarily shot on 16 and super 8mm film, her works “engage with and challenge assumptions of black cultural expression and notions of belonging.”

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  • Neutra: Survival Through Design

    PJ Letofsky
    United States, 2019
    • Saturday, February 25 12 PM
    Lisa Heschong, Richard Jackson, Lindsay Baker, and Raymond Richard Neutra in Conversation; Introduced by PJ Letofsky

    Austrian American architect Richard Neutra (1892–1970) designed 350 buildings around the world and was noted for his vision of environment, ecology, and livability. This information-rich documentary will be of interest to generalists and specialists alike in the areas of twentieth-century architecture and restoration, psychology, and aesthetics.

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Past Films

  • Women Talking

    • Monday, January 30 6:30 PM
    Sarah Polley
    United States, 2022

    Graced with an extraordinary cast, Polley’s thoughtfully executed adaptation of Miriam Toews’s best-selling novel chronicles a radical “act of female imagination” to consider the healing power of language and what is required to escape systematic criminal abuse in an isolated religious community. 

    Frances McDormand, Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers, and Naima Karczmar in Conversation

  • Chinese Animation: The Screen and the Scroll

    • Sunday, January 15 4:30 PM

    This program features animated shorts created by the Shanghai Animation Film Studio that feature painting and folk art that link screen with scroll. The screen becomes a site for the painterly projection of dreams, nightmares, and fantasies.  

    Introduced by Julia Irwin and Linda C. Zhang