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Sunday, February 25, 2024
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-In Art Making

The museum’s popular Fisher Family Art Lab welcomes drop-in visitors of all ages to explore their creativity through hands-on artmaking.
Sunday, February 25, 2024
2 PM
Exhibition tours of Duane Linklater: mymothersside are led by UC Berkeley graduate students in the Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies and Ethnic Studies Departments, on selected Wednesdays at 12:15 PM and Sundays at 2 PM.

Included with admission.

Sunday, February 25, 2024
2 PM
Yasujiro Ozu,
Japan,
1962,
(113 mins)
Chishu Ryu once again plays a widowed father planning to marry off his daughter in Yasujiro Ozu’s beautiful, bittersweet last film. “Quietly tears your heart to pieces” (Terence Davies).
5 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Sunday, February 25, 2024
5 PM
Kim Longinotto, Jano Williams,
United Kingdom,
1995,
(53 mins)
Shinjuku Boys, an amazing mid-1990s snapshot of AFAB gender identity in Japan, spotlights three onabe who pass as men and work as hosts at a Tokyo club.

A limited number of wheelchair accessible spaces may still be available for this screening. Please contact bampfa@berkeley.edu if you would like a ticket for a wheelchair accessible space.

In Conversation
  • Jenni Olson
    Jenni Olson is a Berkeley-based queer film historian, writer, and filmmaker who is the proud proprietor of Butch.org, which features more information about all of her work as a longtime champion of LG
  • TT Takemoto
    TT Takemoto is an artist, filmmaker, and scholar exploring hidden dimensions of same sex intimacy and trauma in Asian and Asian American history.
  • Amy Sueyoshi
    Amy Sueyoshi is currently serving as provost at San Francisco State University. They are a historian by training with expertise at the intersection of queer studies and Asian American studies.
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Sunday, February 25, 2024
7 PM
Lisa Udelson,
United States,
2001,
(57 mins)
Award-winning Lifetime Guarantee: Phranc’s Adventures in Plastic follows Jewish butch lesbian folk singer Phranc navigating life as a Tupperware lady.
  • Lisa Udelson
    In Person
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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
12:15 PM
Tours of What Has Been and What Could Be: The BAMPFA Collection take place on selected Sundays at 2 PM and Free First Thursdays at 1:15 PM
3:10 PM–6 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Wednesday, February 28, 2024
3:10 PM–6 PM
Werner Herzog,
Germany, United Kingdom, United States,
2011,
(107 mins)

Lecture & Screening

Werner Herzog’s very first film concept centered on a prison. Decades later, he reflects on a triple murder in a small Texas town through interviews with two men convicted of the killings. As he so often has, Herzog “probes the contradictions of the human heart, in which nobility and savagery are so entwined as to be almost indistinguishable” (A. O. Scott, New York Times).

Special Admission

General: $15

BAMPFA members: $11

UC Berkeley students: $7

UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, disabled persons, ages 65+ and 18 & under: $12

BAMPFA’s second-feature discount does not apply to these programs.

  • Michael Fox
    Lecture
    Michael Fox is a film critic and journalist for KQED’s Arts and Culture blog. He is a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle and an inductee of SFFILM’s Essential SF.
7 PM
Wednesday, February 28, 2024
7 PM
Naomi Uman,
Albania, Mexico,
2023,
(95 mins)
Continuing her focus on rural agricultural communities, traditions, and histories, Naomi Uman’s three sparks is a cinematic triptych showing the struggle and beauty of village life in the Albanian highlands. “A quicksilver vision of collective being” (Nicolas Pedrero-Setzer, Screen Slate).
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Thursday, February 29, 2024
7 PM
Haile Gerima,
United States,
1979,
(120 mins)

4K Digital Restoration

Centered on the wrongful 1972 imprisonment of nine men and one woman from the North Carolina city of Wilmington—still incarcerated when it was made—Wilmington 10 — U.S.A. 10,000 traces both the background of the accusations and the groundswell of support calling for the release of the accused.
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2 PM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
Friday, March 1, 2024
2 PM–7 PM

Drop-In Art Making

The museum’s popular Fisher Family Art Lab welcomes drop-in visitors of all ages to explore their creativity through hands-on artmaking.
7 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Friday, March 1, 2024
7 PM
Edward Yang,
Taiwan,
1983,
(166 mins)

New Digital Restoration

Two successful career women meet by chance and flash back to their pasts and paths—and those of Taiwan in the 1980s—in Edward Yang’s first feature, which also marked the debut of legendary cinematographer Christopher Doyle. Sylvia Chang stars.

A limited number of wheelchair accessible spaces may still be available for this screening. Please contact bampfa@berkeley.edu if you would like a ticket for a wheelchair accessible space.

  • Weihong Bao
    Introduction
    Weihong Bao is associate professor in the Department of Film and Media and the Chinese Program of the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department, UC Berkeley.
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
Saturday, March 2, 2024
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-In Art Making

The museum’s popular Fisher Family Art Lab welcomes drop-in visitors of all ages to explore their creativity through hands-on artmaking.
Saturday, March 2, 2024
11:30 AM
Frederick Wiseman,
France, United States,
2023,
(240 mins)
Esteemed documentarian Frederick Wiseman’s latest is a food lover’s heaven—a long, behind-the-scenes excursion into the world of France’s venerable restaurant La Maison Troisgros, which has held three Michelin stars for more than five decades.

Special Admission

General: $15

BAMPFA members: $11

UC Berkeley students: $7

UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, disabled persons, ages 65+ and 18 & under: $12

4 PM
  • Film
Saturday, March 2, 2024
4 PM
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Susana de Sousa Dias,
Portugal,
2009,
(134 mins)
Susana de Sousa Dias’s hypnotic film is composed of photographs taken upon the arrest of political prisoners during the forty-eight years of the Portuguese dictatorial regime. With A Story from Africa (Billy Woodberry) and Soldier Playing with Dead Lizard (Daniel Barroca), which also examine historic photographs.
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Sunday, March 3, 2024
CANCELLED: 2 PM
Tours of What Has Been and What Could Be: The BAMPFA Collection take place on selected Sundays at 2 PM and Free First Thursdays at 1:15 PM
11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
Sunday, March 3, 2024
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-In Art Making

The museum’s popular Fisher Family Art Lab welcomes drop-in visitors of all ages to explore their creativity through hands-on artmaking.
3 PM
  • Film
Sunday, March 3, 2024
3 PM
Samba Gadjigo, Jason Silverman,
Senegal, United States,
2015,
(86 mins)
“A documentary about the trailblazing Senegalese filmmaker, this movie covers the essentials about a cultural warrior whose nine varied features and assorted shorts could still use better recognition” (New York Times).
Series Sembène 100
Sunday, March 3, 2024
3:30 PM
Join San Francisco–based curator and author Jordan Stein for an introduction of his new book, Miyoko Ito: Heart of Hearts —the first-ever monograph on the life and work of the Berkeley-born artist (1918–1983).

Included with gallery admission.

Series Readings
5:30 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Sunday, March 3, 2024
5:30 PM
Edward Yang,
Taiwan,
1985,
(119 mins)
Pop star Tsai Chin and director Hou Hsiao-hsien star in Edward Yang’s breakthrough work, a treatise on loves gone wrong, urban alienation, and sorrow within the bright lights of a mid-1980s Taipei caught between past and present.
  • Andrew F. Jones
    Introduction
    Andrew F. Jones is professor and Louis B. Agassiz Chair in Chinese in the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department, UC Berkeley.
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Wednesday, March 6, 2024
12:15 PM
Tours of What Has Been and What Could Be: The BAMPFA Collection take place on selected Sundays at 2 PM and Free First Thursdays at 1:15 PM
3:10 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Wednesday, March 6, 2024
3:10 PM
Robert Bresson,
France,
1956,
(97 mins)

Lecture & Screening

From the true account of a Resistance leader who escaped from a Nazi prison just before he was to be executed, Robert Bresson created a film where the drama is all internal. “Essential viewing” (Jonathan Rosenbaum).

Special Admission

General: $15

BAMPFA members: $11

UC Berkeley students: $7

UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, disabled persons, ages 65+ and 18 & under: $12

BAMPFA’s second-feature discount does not apply to these programs.

  • David Thomson
    Lecture
    David Thomson is a noted film critic and historian who has authored more than twenty books, including The Fatal Alliance: A Century of War on Film.
Wednesday, March 6, 2024
7 PM
Abounaddara,
France, Syria,
2014,
(100 mins)

Les Blank Lecture

This complex, multifaceted depiction of everyday life during revolution and war—made by those living through it—is assembled from videos made and released by the anonymous Syrian film collective Abounaddara.
In Conversation
  • Charif Kiwan
    Charif Kiwan is a founding member of the anonymous video collective Abounaddara and will deliver the annual Les Blank Lecture, in honor of the beloved local documentary filmmaker. Abounaddara (“the
  • Stefania Pandolfo
    Stefania Pandolfo is Professor of Anthropology, and is in the Medical Anthropology Program and the Program in Critical Theory at UC Berkeley.
  • Soraya Tlatli
    Soraya Tlatli is Associate Professor in the French Department at UC Berkeley.
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All Day
  • Art
  • Families
  • Free
Thursday, March 7, 2024
All Day
First Thursdays are a great time to visit BAMPFA! Admission to our galleries is free all day.
11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
Thursday, March 7, 2024
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-In Art Making

The museum’s popular Fisher Family Art Lab welcomes drop-in visitors of all ages to explore their creativity through hands-on artmaking.
Thursday, March 7, 2024
1:15 PM
Tours of What Has Been and What Could Be: The BAMPFA Collection take place on selected Sundays at 2 PM and Free First Thursdays at 1:15 PM
7 PM
  • Film
Thursday, March 7, 2024
7 PM
Ousmane Sembène,
France, Senegal,
1966,
(111 mins)

4K Digital Restoration

Her postcolonial hopes dashed, a young Senegalese woman is led to a dramatic act of resistance in Black Girl, considered Africa’s first dramatic feature. With Borom sarret, a poignant, politically charged essay on a cart driver in the poorer sections of Dakar, and Niaye, about the scandal of a pregnant young girl.
Series Sembène 100
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2 PM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
Friday, March 8, 2024
2 PM–7 PM

Drop-In Art Making

The museum’s popular Fisher Family Art Lab welcomes drop-in visitors of all ages to explore their creativity through hands-on artmaking.
7 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Friday, March 8, 2024
7 PM
Edward Yang,
1986,
(105 mins)

New Digital Restoration

Three groups of characters—a photographer, a hoodlum, and a doctor and his wife—are united by a prank phone call in Edward Yang’s self-reflexive look at human relationships and their emotional violence. “Yang’s ultimate statement on the isolation of modern living” (Film at Lincoln Center).
  • Andrew F. Jones
    Introduction
    Andrew F. Jones is professor and Louis B. Agassiz Chair in Chinese in the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department, UC Berkeley.
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Saturday, March 9, 2024
All Day
BAMPFA will be closed from on Saturday, March 9 for our annual Art & Film Benefit. We reopen Sunday, March 10 at 1 PM.
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Sunday, March 10, 2024
1 PM–7PM
BAMPFA will open late on Sunday, March 10. Museum hours: 1 PM–7PM.
Sunday, March 10, 2024
2 PM

Space is limited; RSVP required.

How can we connect in a divided world? Artist Liz Hernández proposes food and collective art making as avenues for unity. Food, served in both celebration and sorrow, is a powerful connector. In this workshop, the collaborative canvas for our marks is a ceramic plate big enough to hold a shareable dish.

Space is limited; please RSVP to reserve a spot.

Series Workshops
2 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Sunday, March 10, 2024
2 PM
Maya Khoury,
Sweden, Syria,
2019,
(144 mins)
Of the many filmed records of the Syrian Civil War, During Revolution is distinguished by its sense of chaos and uncertainty, as well as its candid depiction of a revolutionary movement bitterly splintering into competing factions.
In Conversation
  • Charif Kiwan
    Charif Kiwan is a founding member of the anonymous video collective Abounaddara. Abounaddara (“the man with the movie camera”) is a Syrian filmmakers’ collective that has been working anonymously s
  • Stefania Pandolfo
    Stefania Pandolfo is Professor of Anthropology, and is in the Medical Anthropology Program and the Program in Critical Theory at UC Berkeley.
  • Anneka Lenssen
    Anneka Lenssen is Associate Professor in the History of Art Department at UC Berkeley.
Sunday, March 10, 2024
2 PM
Tours of What Has Been and What Could Be: The BAMPFA Collection take place on selected Sundays at 2 PM and Free First Thursdays at 1:15 PM
2 PM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
Sunday, March 10, 2024
2 PM–7 PM

Drop-In Art Making

The museum’s popular Fisher Family Art Lab welcomes drop-in visitors of all ages to explore their creativity through hands-on artmaking.
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3:10 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Wednesday, March 13, 2024
3:10 PM
Stanley Kubrick,
United States,
1957,
(88 mins)

Lecture & Screening

A grand entry in the pantheon of great antiwar films, Paths of Glory stands beside films like All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), Grand Illusion (1937), and King and Country (1964) for its on-target treatment of the terrors of war, but it stands alone for its fearless criticism of the high command and its obvious rank.

Special Admission

General: $15

BAMPFA members: $11

UC Berkeley students: $7

UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, disabled persons, ages 65+ and 18 & under: $12

BAMPFA’s second-feature discount does not apply to these programs.

  • David Thomson
    Lecture
    David Thomson is a noted film critic and historian who has authored more than twenty books, including The Fatal Alliance: A Century of War on Film.
Wednesday, March 13, 2024
7 PM
(86 mins)

Copresented by UC Berkeley’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)

A program of four films by the Mapuche artist Francisco Huichaque Pérez demonstrating a variety of approaches to engage with, activate, and preserve Indigenous traditions and foster understanding.
  • Francisco Huichaqueo Pérez
    In Person
7:30 PM
  • Art
  • Performance
Wednesday, March 13, 2024
7:30 PM

Presented as part of an artist residency with the Black Studies Collaboratory, housed in the Department of African American Studies

Nite Bjuti is an improvising Afro-Caribbean trio tapping electronics, vocalism, bass, Haitian drum rhythms, sampling, and spoken word to create a sound that is “one of the most exciting and original I’ve heard this year” (BBC). The trio will also lead an interactive conversation on archives, sonic storytelling, and collaboration following their performance.

Space is limited. Free advanced tickets required.

Series Performances
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7 PM
  • Film
Thursday, March 14, 2024
7 PM
Ousmane Sembène,
Senegal,
1968,
(91 mins)

4K Digital Restoration

A comic fable about a middle-aged man in Dakar whose life changes when he receives a money order from Paris. “[Ousmane] Sembène’s approach is spare, laconic, slightly ironic, and never patronizing” (New York Times). The film received the International Critics’ Prize at the Venice Film Festival.
Series Sembène 100
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2 PM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
Friday, March 15, 2024
2 PM–7 PM

Drop-In Art Making

The museum’s popular Fisher Family Art Lab welcomes drop-in visitors of all ages to explore their creativity through hands-on artmaking.
Friday, March 15, 2024
7 PM
(132 mins)
Barry Jenkins presents his brilliant adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize–winning magnum opus in person. In this essential reckoning with America’s history of slavery and white supremacy, Jenkins renders Whitehead’s uncanny, antebellum American South with profound sensitivity and exquisite artistry.

A limited number of wheelchair accessible spaces may still be available for this screening. Please contact bampfa@berkeley.edu if you would like a ticket for a wheelchair accessible space.

Special Admission

General: $15

BAMPFA members: $11

UC Berkeley students: $7

UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, disabled persons, ages 65+ and 18 & under: $12

BAMPFA’s second-feature discount does not apply to these programs.

In Conversation
  • Barry Jenkins
  • Damon Young
    Damon Young is associate professor of French and Film and Media at UC Berkeley.
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
Saturday, March 16, 2024
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-In Art Making

The museum’s popular Fisher Family Art Lab welcomes drop-in visitors of all ages to explore their creativity through hands-on artmaking.
Saturday, March 16, 2024
3 PM
(110 mins)
Barry Jenkins presents his brilliant adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize–winning magnum opus in person. In this essential reckoning with America’s history of slavery and white supremacy, Jenkins renders Whitehead’s uncanny, antebellum American South with profound sensitivity and exquisite artistry.

Special Admission

General: $15

BAMPFA members: $11

UC Berkeley students: $7

UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, disabled persons, ages 65+ and 18 & under: $12

BAMPFA’s second-feature discount does not apply to these programs.

In Conversation
  • Barry Jenkins
  • Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers
    Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers is associate professor of History at UC Berkeley.
Saturday, March 16, 2024
7 PM
(140 mins)
Barry Jenkins presents his brilliant adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize–winning magnum opus in person. In this essential reckoning with America’s history of slavery and white supremacy, Jenkins renders Whitehead’s uncanny, antebellum American South with profound sensitivity and exquisite artistry.

Special Admission

General: $15

BAMPFA members: $11

UC Berkeley students: $7

UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, disabled persons, ages 65+ and 18 & under: $12

BAMPFA’s second-feature discount does not apply to these programs.

In Conversation
  • Barry Jenkins
  • Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers
    Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers is associate professor of History at UC Berkeley.
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
Sunday, March 17, 2024
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-In Art Making

The museum’s popular Fisher Family Art Lab welcomes drop-in visitors of all ages to explore their creativity through hands-on artmaking.
11:30 AM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Sunday, March 17, 2024
11:30 AM
Barry Jenkins,
United States,
2021,
(52 mins)
Untethered from narrative, immaculately costumed, and on location, actors from The Underground Railroad look back at the camera, as if through time and history, emphasizing their existence while compelling viewers to consider the foundations of their own point of view.
  • Barry Jenkins
    Introduction
Sunday, March 17, 2024
1 PM
(143 mins)
Barry Jenkins presents his brilliant adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize–winning magnum opus in person. In this essential reckoning with America’s history of slavery and white supremacy, Jenkins renders Whitehead’s uncanny, antebellum American South with profound sensitivity and exquisite artistry.

Special Admission

General: $15

BAMPFA members: $11

UC Berkeley students: $7

UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, disabled persons, ages 65+ and 18 & under: $12

BAMPFA’s second-feature discount does not apply to these programs.

In Conversation
  • Barry Jenkins
  • Roshanak Kheshti
    Roshanak Kheshti is associate professor and interim head graduate advisor of Theater, Dance, and Performance and professor of Gender and Women's studies at UC Berkeley.
Sunday, March 17, 2024
3 PM
Artists Sadie Barnette and David Huffman speak informally about their own work on view in the galleries and touch on the thematic section of the exhibition in which their work is included.

Included with gallery admission

Sunday, March 17, 2024
5 PM
(58 mins)
Barry Jenkins presents his brilliant adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize–winning magnum opus in person. In this essential reckoning with America’s history of slavery and white supremacy, Jenkins renders Whitehead’s uncanny, antebellum American South with profound sensitivity and exquisite artistry.

Special Admission

General: $15

BAMPFA members: $11

UC Berkeley students: $7

UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, disabled persons, ages 65+ and 18 & under: $12

BAMPFA’s second-feature discount does not apply to these programs.

In Conversation
  • Barry Jenkins
  • Brandi Thompson Summers
    Brandi Thompson Summers is associate professor of Geography at UC Berkeley.
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Wednesday, March 20, 2024
12:15 PM
Tours of What Has Been and What Could Be: The BAMPFA Collection take place on selected Sundays at 2 PM and Free First Thursdays at 1:15 PM
3:10 PM
Wednesday, March 20, 2024
3:10 PM
Peter Jackson,
New Zealand, United Kingdom,
2018,
(99 mins)

Lecture & Screening

Director Peter Jackson and team took hours of silent war footage, digitally restored and retimed it, researched existing museum collections for correct colors, and added foley effects or veteran’s oral histories to create a contemporary epic of a century-old war and a snapshot of a society—and countless lives—now gone.

Special Admission

General: $15

BAMPFA members: $11

UC Berkeley students: $7

UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, disabled persons, ages 65+ and 18 & under: $12

BAMPFA’s second-feature discount does not apply to these programs.

  • David Thomson
    Lecture
    David Thomson is a noted film critic and historian who has authored more than twenty books, including The Fatal Alliance: A Century of War on Film.
7 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Wednesday, March 20, 2024
7 PM
Tatiana Huezo,
Germany, Mexico,
2023,
(102 mins)
The cycles of life, seasons, and harvesting anchor this luminous look at multigenerational family life in a remote Puebla community. “An intimate, immersive portrait of a way of life” (Hollywood Reporter).
In Conversation
  • Tatiana Huezo
  • Nicolás Pereda
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5:30 PM
Thursday, March 21, 2024
5:30 PM
To honor the beginning of spring, come join us for an inclusive group sing-along using the In Song Sing On songbook, with lyrics written down for the purpose of singing together.

Included with admission.

Series Workshops
Thursday, March 21, 2024
7 PM
Margarida Cardoso,
Mozambique, Portugal,
2003,
(98 mins)
Three films reveal the power of an image and the importance of archives through their explorations of the role of newsreels and film documentation in the struggles of Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau against Portuguese colonization.
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2 PM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
Friday, March 22, 2024
2 PM–7 PM

Drop-In Art Making

The museum’s popular Fisher Family Art Lab welcomes drop-in visitors of all ages to explore their creativity through hands-on artmaking.
5 PM
  • Film
Friday, March 22, 2024
5 PM
Samba Gadjigo, Jason Silverman,
Senegal, United States,
2015,
(86 mins)
“A documentary about the trailblazing Senegalese filmmaker, this movie covers the essentials about a cultural warrior whose nine varied features and assorted shorts could still use better recognition” (New York Times).
Series Sembène 100
7 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Friday, March 22, 2024
7 PM
Tatiana Huezo,
Brazil, Germany, Mexico,
2021,
(110 mins)
Three young girls come of age in a remote Mexican highland village scarred by cartel violence in this powerful drama, Mexico’s official Oscar submission in 2021. “A masterfully evocative portrait of coming of age in the shadow of Mexico’s narco wars” (Little White Lies).
  • Tatiana Huezo
    In Person
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
Saturday, March 23, 2024
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-In Art Making

The museum’s popular Fisher Family Art Lab welcomes drop-in visitors of all ages to explore their creativity through hands-on artmaking.
4 PM
Saturday, March 23, 2024
4 PM
Pierre-Henri Gibert,
France,
2023,
(71 mins)

Bay Area Premiere

A new documentary by Pierre-Henri Gibert chronicles Agnès Varda’s expansive career and fills in notable gaps from the previous autobiographical films The Beaches of Agnès and Varda by Agnès. Viva Varda! features rare archival material and interviews with Varda’s family members, friends, and collaborators. Shown with the posthumously completed Agnès Varda—Pier Paolo Pasolini—New York—1967.
Series Viva Varda!
Saturday, March 23, 2024
6 PM
Edward Yang,
1991,
(240 mins)
Gangsters, musicians, lovers, and street punks populate the gorgeous frames of Edward Yang’s portrait of coming of age—or trying to—in the politically charged Taiwan of the 1960s. Yang’s—and Taiwanese cinema’s—version of such epoch-defining films as The Godfather or 1900.
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
Sunday, March 24, 2024
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-In Art Making

The museum’s popular Fisher Family Art Lab welcomes drop-in visitors of all ages to explore their creativity through hands-on artmaking.
2 PM
Sunday, March 24, 2024
2 PM
Agnès Varda,
France,
1955,
(90 mins)

BAMPFA Collection Print

Made outside the French film industry on a shoestring budget, Agnès Varda’s debut film about two reunited lovers in a Mediterranean fishing port has been called “truly the first film of the nouvelle vague” (Georges Sadoul).
Series Viva Varda!
4 PM
  • Film
Sunday, March 24, 2024
4 PM
Ousmane Sembène,
Senegal,
1971,
(128 mins)

4K Digital Restoration

Named for the Diola god of thunder, a story about the awakening of national consciousness, in the clash between French colonists and the Diola tribe in the closing days of World War II. “Told with great sensitivity and restraint” (San Francisco Chronicle). Preceded by the short dramatic film Tauw.
Series Sembène 100
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3:10 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Wednesday, March 27, 2024
3:10 PM
Sam Mendes,
United Kingdom, United States,
2019,
(119 mins)

Lecture & Screening

“Astonishing as the filmmaking can be at times, it’s [Sam] Mendes’ attention to character, more than the technique, that makes 1917 one of 2019’s most impressive cinematic achievements” (Peter Debruge, Variety).

Special Admission

General: $15

BAMPFA members: $11

UC Berkeley students: $7

UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, disabled persons, ages 65+ and 18 & under: $12

BAMPFA’s second-feature discount does not apply to these programs.

  • David Thomson
    Lecture
    David Thomson is a noted film critic and historian who has authored more than twenty books, including The Fatal Alliance: A Century of War on Film.
Wednesday, March 27, 2024
7 PM
Edward Yang,
Taiwan,
1994,
(129 mins)

New Digital Restoration

A gaggle of Taipei yuppies chase cash value over Confucian values (unless those too can be monetized) in Edward Yang’s biting, ironic satire of the Taiwanese nouveau riche. A fascinating snapshot of Taiwan’s mid-1990s economic boom and a still timely takedown of the success obsessed.
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Thursday, March 28, 2024
6:30 PM

Copresented by California magazine and BAMPFA

UC Berkeley computer science professor Stuart Russell, one of the world’s leading AI researchers, converses with California magazine’s editor-in-chief, Pat Joseph, about the perils and potential promise of the AI revolution. Special thanks to our event sponsor, Pepsi, the official beverage partner of UC Berkeley.

Tickets: $40; CAA and BAMPFA members: $35

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2 PM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
Friday, March 29, 2024
2 PM–7 PM

Drop-In Art Making

The museum’s popular Fisher Family Art Lab welcomes drop-in visitors of all ages to explore their creativity through hands-on artmaking.
7 PM
Friday, March 29, 2024
7 PM
Agnès Varda,
France,
1962,
(90 mins)
Shot entirely on location in the streets of Paris, Cléo chronicles two hours of a pop singer’s life. A score by Michel Legrand and cameos by Legrand, Jean-Luc Godard, and Anna Karina flavor this New Wave classic that proves Agnès Varda’s theme, “one isn’t born a woman, one becomes one.”
Series Viva Varda!
30
11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
Saturday, March 30, 2024
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-In Art Making

The museum’s popular Fisher Family Art Lab welcomes drop-in visitors of all ages to explore their creativity through hands-on artmaking.
7 PM
  • Film
Saturday, March 30, 2024
7 PM
Lila Avilés,
Denmark, France, Mexico,
2023,
(95 mins)
A family’s preparation for a birthday party slowly dissolves into something far more revealing in Lila Avilés’s Berlinale prizewinner, seen through the eyes of a young girl. “An exquisite Mexican family drama of joy and heartbreak . . . a minutely observed ensemble piece” (Guardian).
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
Sunday, March 31, 2024
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-In Art Making

The museum’s popular Fisher Family Art Lab welcomes drop-in visitors of all ages to explore their creativity through hands-on artmaking.
Sunday, March 31, 2024
2 PM
(91 mins)
Agnès Varda’s short films offer incredible insights into her aesthetic approach as a filmmaker. She uses the language of cinema in a remarkably free and creative way. This collection of shorts finds Varda observing people, spaces, and places from France to Cuba, in L’opéra-Mouffe, Du côté de la côte, Ô saisons, ô chateaux, and Salut les Cubains.
Series Viva Varda!
4 PM
  • Film
Sunday, March 31, 2024
4 PM
Ousmane Sembène,
Senegal,
1975,
(123 mins)

4K Digital Restoration

An aging, affluent businessman about to marry his third wife is struck with the curse of xala (impotence) in “one of the most sophisticated works of the African cinema—at once both comic satire and a deadly accurate polemic against the black bourgeoisie of Dakar” (Albert Johnson).
Series Sembène 100
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Wednesday, April 3, 2024
12:15 PM
Tours of What Has Been and What Could Be: The BAMPFA Collection take place on selected Sundays at 2 PM and Free First Thursdays at 1:15 PM
7 PM
Wednesday, April 3, 2024
7 PM
Mohanad Yaqubi,
Belgium, Palestine, Qatar,
2022,
(71 mins)
Drawing on a collection of twenty films safeguarded in the home of a Japanese scholar in Tokyo, Palestinian filmmaker and archivist Mohanad Yaqubi tells the story of Palestine’s struggle through the lens of international solidarity.
  • Samera Esmeir
    Introduction
    Samera Esmeir is Associate Professor of Rhetoric at UC Berkeley.
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All Day
  • Art
  • Families
  • Free
Thursday, April 4, 2024
All Day
First Thursdays are a great time to visit BAMPFA! Admission to our galleries is free all day.
11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
Thursday, April 4, 2024
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-In Art Making

The museum’s popular Fisher Family Art Lab welcomes drop-in visitors of all ages to explore their creativity through hands-on artmaking.
Thursday, April 4, 2024
1:15 PM
Tours of What Has Been and What Could Be: The BAMPFA Collection take place on selected Sundays at 2 PM and Free First Thursdays at 1:15 PM
Thursday, April 4, 2024
5 PM

Presented by UC Berkeley’s Townsend Center for the Humanities in partnership with BAMPFA

Join writer and UC Berkeley professor of English Cathy Park Hong in conversation with Ocean Vuong, 2023–24 Avenali Chair in the Humanities, and the author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, named one of the top ten books of 2019 by the Washington Post and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

Please check back soon for ticketing information. 

Thursday, April 4, 2024
7:30 PM
(94 mins)
Four films, all concerned with Guinea-Bissau’s and Cape Verde’s struggles for independence, from different time frames and perspectives, include an analysis of four colonial statues and a celebration of carnival mask making.
  • Pheng Cheah
    Introduction
    Pheng Cheah, Professor of Rhetoric and Geography at UC Berkeley, works in the areas of postcolonial theory, literature, and contemporary globalization. His books include What is a World?
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2 PM-7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
Friday, April 5, 2024
2 PM-7 PM

Drop-In Art Making

The museum’s popular Fisher Family Art Lab welcomes drop-in visitors of all ages to explore their creativity through hands-on artmaking.
5 PM
Friday, April 5, 2024
5 PM

Presented by the Townsend Center for the Humanities in partnership with BAMPFA

Ocean Vuong presents a poetry reading focusing on Time Is a Mother. In this latest poetry collection, he searches for life among the aftershocks of his mother’s death and—in concert with the themes of his novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous—contends with loss and the meaning of family.

Please check back soon for ticketing information.

Series Readings
Friday, April 5, 2024
7:30 PM

Free Admission

A selection of outstanding student films from around the Bay Area.

Free admission. Tickets available at the admissions desk beginning at 5:30 PM.

  • Student Filmmakers
    In Person
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
Saturday, April 6, 2024
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-In Art Making

The museum’s popular Fisher Family Art Lab welcomes drop-in visitors of all ages to explore their creativity through hands-on artmaking.
Saturday, April 6, 2024
1 PM
Artist Yee I-Lann presents BAMPFA’s 2024 endowed Lijin Lecture in conjunction with her Art Wall project, TIKAR/MEJA/PLASTIK. The Borneo-based multidisciplinary artist addresses this work in the context of her wider practice, and in relation to the art and film landscape in Southeast Asia, with an emphasis on issues of climate crisis, precarious ecologies, and the creation of resilient communities. The lecture will be followed by a screening of short films from Borneo.

Included with gallery admission

4 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Saturday, April 6, 2024
4 PM
Edward Yang,
1996,
(121 mins)

New Digital Restoration

An assortment of half-assed young tough guys, British carpetbaggers, and mob enforcers flitter about a Taipei nightspot in Edward Yang’s almost screwball takedown of the blinding hunt for modern riches. “A jaundiced love letter to late ’90s Taipei” (Film at Lincoln Center).
  • Weihong Bao
    Introduction
    Weihong Bao is associate professor in the Department of Film and Media and the Chinese Program of the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department, UC Berkeley.
7 PM
Saturday, April 6, 2024
7 PM
(68 mins)
One of the most distinctive voices in contemporary cinema, Nicolás Pereda presents four short films at the permeable border of documentary and fiction that explore the everyday through thoughtful, elliptical narratives.
  • Nicolás Pereda
    In Person