November 2019

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2 PM
  • Families
  • Film
Sunday, October 27, 2019
2 PM
Jacques Tati,
France,
1953,
(88 mins)

Recommended for ages 9 & up

This cinematic postcard from a seaside summer resort is “the most important comic work in world cinema since the Marx Brothers and W. C. Fields . . . an event in the history of sound film” (André Bazin).
4 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Sunday, October 27, 2019
4 PM
Dawn Valadez, Katie Galloway,
United States,
2018,

Canceled
This screening has been canceled due to the UC Berkeley campus power shutdown. Please watch this page for updates on rescheduling and ticket refund information.

This documentary tells the true story of Victor Rios, a former prisoner and Oakland gang member who became an award-winning professor, author, and mentor. With Serginho Roosblad’s short on the infamous MacArthur freeway interchange, The Maze.
In Person
  • Dawn Valadez
  • Katie Galloway
  • Serginho Roosblad
Sunday, October 27, 2019
7 PM
Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill,
United Kingdom, United States,
2004,
(93 mins)

Canceled
This screening has been canceled due to the UC Berkeley campus power shutdown. Please watch this page for updates on rescheduling and ticket refund information.

Cinematography by Joan Churchill

This riveting portrait of serial killer Aileen Wuornos brings us face-to-face with a defiant, increasingly delusional woman about to be executed—and dares to find her humanity. “A haunting look at a life gone wrong” (Film Society of Lincoln Center).
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Monday, October 28, 2019
5:30 PM

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.

Join us for wine and small bites in BAMPFA’s Babette cafe before tonight's Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA lecture, which features Nigel Poor's San Quentin Project. As co-host of this event, Shannon Jackson  — Associate Vice Chancellor for the Arts + Design — will share thoughts about the significance of the project, in dialogue with featured artists and speakers, Nigel Poor and Michael Nelson. 
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.
Monday, October 28, 2019
6:30 PM

Canceled
This program has been canceled due to the UC Berkeley campus power shutdown.

Artist Nigel Poor presents collaborative projects she has worked on inside San Quentin Prison, including the work on view in The San Quentin Project and the award-winning podcast Ear Hustle; Michael Nelson, whose work is featured in the exhibition, joins her in conversation.
This event has been canceled.
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12:15 PM
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
12:15 PM
Explore the spirit of Surrealism with a guided tour of Strange. 
Included with admission
Series Guided Tours
4 PM–7 PM
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
4 PM–7 PM
In conjunction with this year’s Bay Area Science Festival, the BAMPFA art study centers present a special Five Tables viewing of art with a scientific bent.
Free admission
Series Five Tables
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
7 PM
(70 mins)
Indigenous filmmaker Sky Hopinka presents his “ethnopoetic” films, “wellsprings of beauty and mystery, filled with surprising confluences of speech and song, color and motion” (Artforum).
In Conversation
  • Sky Hopinka
  • Almudena Escobar López
    Almudena Escobar López is time-based media curatorial assistant at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, New York, and a PhD candidate in visual and cultural studies at the University of Rochester; s
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2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Thursday, October 31, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Thursday, October 31, 2019
7 PM
Bryan Forbes,
United Kingdom,
1964,
(116 mins)

BAMPFA Collection

Decades later this tale of a London kidnapping remains suspenseful; creepy, too, since ransom is not the reason. Kim Stanley as a medium and Richard Attenborough as her milquetoast mate are “utterly superb” (Time Out).
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2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Friday, November 1, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

4 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Friday, November 1, 2019
4 PM
Marlon Riggs,
United States,
1986,
(145 mins)
Riggs interrogates how material culture perpetuates racial stereotypes in this powerful and unblinking work. Followed by Color Adjustment, in which Riggs extends his examination to network television.
  • Herman S. Gray
    Introduction
    Herman Gray is a professor of sociology at UC Santa Cruz and has published widely in the areas of black cultural theory, politics, and media.
7 PM
Friday, November 1, 2019
7 PM
Abbas Kiarostami,
Iran,
1997,
(95 mins)

Digital Restoration

The Cannes prizewinning mystery of a man who searches for someone to help him commit suicide. Naturally, everyone he meets has an opinion on the subject. “A masterpiece” (The Nation).
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Saturday, November 2, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Saturday, November 2, 2019
3 PM
Seifollah Samadian,
Iran,
2016,
(76 mins)

Screenings presented in Theater 2

Made by a close friend and collaborator, this intimate and subtly revealing portrait follows Kiarostami in Iran and abroad, at work as a photographer, filmmaker, installation artist, and poet.
3 PM
  • In-Person
  • Reading
Saturday, November 2, 2019
3 PM
Arts journalist Jori Finkel introduces her new book It Speaks to Me, in which fifty celebrated artists talk about the eye-opening and thought-provoking art that has inspired them.
Included with admission
Series Readings
3:30 PM
Saturday, November 2, 2019
3:30 PM
Jacques Tati,
France,
1949,
(87 mins)

Original B&W Version

Tati’s first feature is a charming portrait of a rural village, where the bumbling local postman is inspired to American-style efficiency by a newsreel in a traveling fair. “Everyone loves Jour de fête” (New Yorker).
5:30 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Saturday, November 2, 2019
5:30 PM
Sun Yu,
China,
1935,
(108 mins)

Digital Restoration

A group of Chinese youth awaken to their patriotic duty while building a strategic highway in Sun Yu’s stirring agitprop drama, set during the Japanese invasion and starring a who’s-who of legendary Chinese actors, including Jin Yan (the “Chinese Valentino”), Zheng Junli, and Li Lili.
  • Weihong Bao
    Introduction
    Weihong Bao is an associate professor of East Asian languages and cultures and film studies at UC Berkeley.
  • Judith Rosenberg
    On Piano
Saturday, November 2, 2019
8 PM
Cheryl Dunye,
United States,
1996,
(81 mins)
Cheryl Dunye’s first feature, on a lesbian video-store clerk and would-be filmmaker who becomes obsessed with the career of an early “race film” star, is “funky screwball comedy in the key of queer” (B. Ruby Rich).
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11 AM–3 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
  • Free
  • Performance
Sunday, November 3, 2019
11 AM–3 PM
Bring the family for a full day of art, puppetry, stories, and film—it’s free!
Free admission
Series Family Events
11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Sunday, November 3, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

2 PM
Sunday, November 3, 2019
2 PM
Explore the spirit of Surrealism with a guided tour of Strange. 
Included with admission
Series Guided Tours
Sunday, November 3, 2019
3 PM
(35 mins)

Free Admission!
Recommended for ages 7 & up

Enjoy the wildly colorful, wonderfully detailed films of animator Sally Cruikshank, including the psychedelic classic Quasi at the Quackadero and her musical animations for Sesame Street.
Free admission. Tickets available at the will-call table beginning at 2 PM.
5 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Sunday, November 3, 2019
5 PM
Erika Cohn,
Palestine, United States,
2017,
(82 mins)

Cinematography by Amber Fares

This intimate documentary follows the first female judge appointed to any Middle Eastern Shari’a court—one woman attempting to achieve justice in a system designed to favor men.
  • Alix Blair
    Introduction
    Alix Blair is the cofounder of the Bay Area-based Collective of Documentary Women Cinematographers. 
7 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Sunday, November 3, 2019
7 PM
Abbas Kiarostami,
Iran,
1999,
(118 mins)

Digital Restoration

A television crew arrives at a remote Kurdish village to await a mourning ritual. While they wait for death, life happens. “A stunningly lyrical and eloquent exploration of both rural village life and the nature of artistic responsibility” (New York Times).
  • Hamid Naficy
    Introduction and Post-Screening Lecture on November 3
    Hamid Naficy is Professor of Radio-Television-Film and the Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor in Communication at Northwestern University, where he is also affiliate faculty at the De
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Monday, November 4, 2019
6:30 PM
Cornell University robotics researcher Guy Hoffman talks through some of the paradoxes involved in the development of social robots designed for connectedness.
Free admission. Doors open at 6 PM.
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12:15 PM
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
12:15 PM
Explore the spirit of Surrealism with a guided tour of Strange. 
Included with admission
Series Guided Tours
3:10 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
  • Members
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
3:10 PM
Kote Mikaberidze,
USSR,
1929,
(93 mins)

BAMPFA Collection

Gogol meets Chaplin in this riotously inventive, scathingly antibureaucratic satire, one of the eccentric high points of Soviet silent cinema. With Vsevolod Pudovkin and Nikolai Shpikovsky’s satiric short Chess Fever.
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.
  • Peter Bagrov
    Lecture
    Peter Bagrov is a curator of the moving image department at the George Eastman Museum and an expert on Russian and Soviet film history.
7 PM
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
7 PM
Kidlat Tahimik,
Philippines,
1977,
(93 mins)
A Cape Canaveral–obsessed Filipino slowly awakens from his “cocoon of Americanized dreams” in Kidlat Tahimik’s hallucinatory essay film. “Reminds one that invention, insolence, enchantment, even innocence, are still available to film” (Susan Sontag).
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2— 7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Thursday, November 7, 2019
2— 7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Thursday, November 7, 2019
12 PM
A talk by Allison Arieff, editorial director of SPUR, the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association.
Free admission
1:15 PM
Thursday, November 7, 2019
1:15 PM
Expert tour guides share highlights of exhibitions on view throughout the museum.
Included with admission
Series Guided Tours
3:10 PM
Thursday, November 7, 2019
3:10 PM
Fridrikh Ermler, Eduard Ioganson,
USSR,
1926,
(93 mins)

BAMPFA Collection

In this comedy-melodrama, a young peasant woman in the big city finds her attempts at apple selling lead to encounters with the underworld.
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.
  • Peter Bagrov
    Lecture
    Peter Bagrov is a curator of the moving image department at the George Eastman Museum and an expert on Russian and Soviet film history.
  • Judith Rosenberg
    On Piano
4 PM–7 PM
Thursday, November 7, 2019
4 PM–7 PM
Curated by the BAMPFA Student Committee, this edition of Five Tables explores representations of the female figure in art across media and cultures.
Free admission
Series Five Tables
7 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Thursday, November 7, 2019
7 PM
Yuri Tarich,
USSR,
1926,
(100 mins)

BAMPFA Collection

Set in the sixteenth century during the reign of Ivan IV, this fascinating feature involves the unhappy fate of a serf who tries to fly. With an extraordinary cast and crew, including the great Russian actor Leonid Leonidov, the film influenced Sergei Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible.
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.
  • Peter Bagrov
    Lecture
    Peter Bagrov is a curator of the moving image department at the George Eastman Museum and an expert on Russian and Soviet film history.
  • Judith Rosenberg
    On Piano
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2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Friday, November 8, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

3:10 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Friday, November 8, 2019
3:10 PM
Lev Kuleshov,
USSR,
1929,
(92 mins)

BAMPFA Collection

A father-and-son clown act are separated during the Russian Civil War in this little-seen, energetic blur of Hollywood action and Soviet kineticism by the great Lev Kuleshov.
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.
  • Peter Bagrov
    Lecture
    Peter Bagrov is a curator of the moving image department at the George Eastman Museum and an expert on Russian and Soviet film history.
  • Judith Rosenberg
    On Piano
Friday, November 8, 2019
7 PM
(72 mins)
Uncanny landscapes and mysterious journeys emerge in five works constructed from repurposed materials by Phil Solomon, Lawrence Jordan, Shambhavi Kaul, and Joseph Cornell.
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11:30 AM–1 PM
Saturday, November 9, 2019
11:30 AM–1 PM

For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

 

Get inspired by art on view in Strange, then use found images and the Surrealist exquisite corpse technique to add fantastically strange elements to artworks of your own.
Free for kids 18 & under and for one adult per child 13 & under
  • Erin McCluskey Wheeler
    With artist
    Richmond-based mixed-media artist and teacher Erin McCluskey Wheeler holds an MFA from California College of the Arts and recently held the positions of artist in residence at the El Cerrito Recycling
Series Family Events
1 PM–2:30 PM
Saturday, November 9, 2019
1 PM–2:30 PM

For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

 

Get inspired by art on view in Strange, then use found images and the Surrealist exquisite corpse technique to add fantastically strange elements to artworks of your own.
Free for kids 18 & under and for one adult per child 13 & under
  • Erin McCluskey Wheeler
    With artist
    Richmond-based mixed-media artist and teacher Erin McCluskey Wheeler holds an MFA from California College of the Arts and recently held the positions of artist in residence at the El Cerrito Recycling
Series Family Events
2:30 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Saturday, November 9, 2019
2:30 PM
Nikolai Shpikovsky,
USSR,
1929,
(85 mins)

BAMPFA Collection

An enterprising Ukrainian schemer plots his way out of the Russian Civil War in this adventure movie with touches of the absurd, “one of the best examples of early Ukrainian comedy” (Giornate del Cinema Muto).
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.
  • Peter Bagrov
    Lecture
    Peter Bagrov is a curator of the moving image department at the George Eastman Museum and an expert on Russian and Soviet film history.
  • Judith Rosenberg
    On Piano
2:30 PM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Saturday, November 9, 2019
2:30 PM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Saturday, November 9, 2019
3 PM

Recommended for ages 8 & up (younger kids welcome as listeners)

Recomendado para las edades de 8 años en adelante (niños menores son bienvenidos como oyentes)

 

This special bilingual edition of Roundtable Reading features a story about a young girl helping shelter animals find homes—and looking for a forever home of her own.
Free for kids 18 & under and for one adult per child 13 & under / Gratis para menores de 18 años y para un adulto por niño de 13 años o menos
  • Angela Loza
    Reading led by / facilitada por
    Angela Loza is a librarian for / es bibliotecaria del West Contra Costa Unified School District.
Series Family Events
5:30 PM
  • Film
Saturday, November 9, 2019
5:30 PM
Ten
Abbas Kiarostami,
France, Iran,
2002,
(94 mins)

Film to Table dinner follows

In the front seat of her car, a young urban divorcee grapples with her anxieties in this “courageous, instinctive film . . . sometimes funny, sometimes moving, always engrossing” (Variety).
7:30 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Saturday, November 9, 2019
7:30 PM
Yakov Protazanov,
USSR,
1928,
(151 mins)

BAMPFA Collection

An old woman blindly walks into the path of a tyrannical station master, creating an escalating struggle, in this satire on power and Soviet society, “the finest Soviet comedy of the 1920s” (Ian Christie). With Protazanov’s bitter love story The Forty-First.
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.
  • Peter Bagrov
    Lecture
    Peter Bagrov is a curator of the moving image department at the George Eastman Museum and an expert on Russian and Soviet film history.
  • Judith Rosenberg
    On Piano
7:30 PM
  • Activity
  • Film
Saturday, November 9, 2019
7:30 PM

Four-course dinner with wine pairing

Following our screening of Abbas Kiarostami's Ten, join fellow cinephiles at our communal table for dinner and warm conversation. 
$85 per person. Film and dinner tickets must be purchased separately. Call Babette at (510) 684-3046 with questions.
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Sunday, November 10, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Sunday, November 10, 2019
1 PM
Zheng Junli,
China,
1961,
(100 mins)
Two rural lovers—one struck with a deadly disease—encounter both disaster and hope in Zheng’s intriguing merger of Soviet-style socialist realism with his own blossoming experiments in cinematic technique.
2 PM
Sunday, November 10, 2019
2 PM
Join a guided tour of Hinges and discover Sakaki Hyakusen’s transformative contribution to the art of eighteenth-century Japan.
Included with admission
Series Guided Tours
2 PM
  • Art
  • In-Person
  • Workshop
Sunday, November 10, 2019
2 PM
In conjunction with the exhibition The San Quentin Project, two workshops offer artmaking experiences that draw on somatic and expressive arts therapy to explore resilience.
Free with admission.
3:30 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Sunday, November 10, 2019
3:30 PM
Pavel Petrov-Bytov,
USSR,
1929,
(85 mins)

BAMPFA Collection

A burly boatman forms an unlikely bond with a Jewish shoemaker in this hallucinatory melodrama, an expressionistic wake-up call to the Russian people to overcome alcoholism and religious factionalism.
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.
  • Peter Bagrov
    Lecture
    Peter Bagrov is a curator of the moving image department at the George Eastman Museum and an expert on Russian and Soviet film history.
  • Judith Rosenberg
    On Piano
Sunday, November 10, 2019
7 PM
(83 mins)
Sidney Peterson’s dazzlingly strange and wonderful films transform 1940s San Francisco into a bizarre dreamscape.
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6:30 PM
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
6:30 PM
Jia Zhangke,
China, France, Japan,
2018,
(136 mins)

BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

A gangster’s wife stands on her own in Jia’s expansive narrative of empowerment and survival, inspired by Hong Kong gangster films and set against the tumultuous changes in contemporary China. “Fierce, gripping, emotionally generous, and surprisingly funny” (Los Angeles Times).
7 PM
  • In-Person
  • Performance
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
7 PM

Programmed by Graeme Vanderstoel

 

An evening drawing on two East Asian theatrical traditions: Jubilith Moore performs song and dance excerpts from Japanese Noh, and Sabrina Hou presents excerpts from Chinese Kunqu operas.
Included with admission. Seating for Full is limited.
Series Full
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12 PM
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
12 PM
The artist offers her insights into selected works on view in her MATRIX exhibition.
Included with admission
12:15 PM
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
12:15 PM
Explore the spirit of Surrealism with a guided tour of Strange. 
Included with admission
Series Guided Tours
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
7 PM
(95 mins)
The temporalities of “women’s work,” as seen by experimental filmmakers Chick Strand, Harun Farocki, Nicolás Pereda, and Elisa Giardina Papa.
  • Jeffrey Skoller
    Introduction
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2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Thursday, November 14, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Thursday, November 14, 2019
12 PM
Architect Julien Beller illuminates his atypical approach to urban design: calling into question how a city is built, he works toward building a just city, constructed with pleasure, where everyone has a place.
Free admission
Thursday, November 14, 2019
7 PM
(102 mins)
This rousing collection of shorts profiles Native American activism in the Bay Area and beyond, taking on the struggles for land and fishing rights and critiquing colonialism and conquest.
  • Corrina Gould
    Introduction
    Corrina Gould is the cofounder of Indian People Organizing for Change and of the Sogorea Te Land Trust, an urban Indigenous women’s community organization working to return land to Indigenous stewards
  • Margherita Ghetti
    In Conversation
    Margherita Ghetti holds a PhD in Italian studies from UC Berkeley. She is a film curatorial intern at BAMPFA and works as a programmer for several Bay Area film festivals.
  • Sarah Whitt
    In Conversation
    Sarah Whitt (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, where she researches intersecting histories of American Indian medical incarceratio
  • Hertha D. Sweet Wong
    In Conversation
    Hertha D. Sweet Wong, professor of English and associate dean of arts and humanities at UC Berkeley, teaches and writes about indigenous literatures.
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2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Friday, November 15, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

4 PM
Friday, November 15, 2019
4 PM
Jack Clayton,
United Kingdom,
1958,
(117 mins)

Imported Print

With the marvelous Simone Signoret, this classic about a Machiavellian social climber (Laurence Harvey) endures as a love story, set against the fraught class relations in the North Country in the 1950s.
Friday, November 15, 2019
6:30 PM
Seifollah Samadian,
Iran,
2016,
(76 mins)

Screenings presented in Theater 2

Made by a close friend and collaborator, this intimate and subtly revealing portrait follows Kiarostami in Iran and abroad, at work as a photographer, filmmaker, installation artist, and poet.
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7 PM
Friday, November 15, 2019
7 PM
Bill Haney,
United States,
2019,
(90 mins)

Jim Allison: Breakthrough also screens November 17, 23, and 29 (without discussion).

This documentary tells the remarkable story of a Nobel Prize–winning Bay Area biologist who found a cure for cancer through his trailblazing immunotherapy research.
In Conversation
  • Greg Barton
    Barton is the Class of ’36 Endowed Chair and Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley.
  • Rachel Humphrey
    Humphrey is a medical oncologist and the Chief Medical Officer of biotech company CytomX. 
  • Steve Isaacs
    Isaacs is Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Aduro Biotech. 
  • Alan Korman
    Korman is Senior Vice President of Human Immunology at Vir Biotechnology.
  • David Raulet
    Raulet is the Esther and Wendy Schekman Chair in Cancer Biology and Faculty Director of the Immunotherapeutics and Vaccine Research Initiative (IVRI) at UC Berkeley.
  • Julia Schaletzky
    Schaletzky is the Executive Director of IVRI, and the founder of the Drug Discovery Center at UC Berkeley. 
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Saturday, November 16, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

1 PM
  • Art
  • Families
  • In-Person
  • Workshop
Saturday, November 16, 2019
1 PM
To celebrate the centennial of Surrealism, poet Rod Roland and daughter Coco lead an all-ages workshop in creating collaborative drawings and writings using the Surrealist exquisite corpse technique.
Included with admission
Series Workshops
3 PM
  • Families
  • Film
Saturday, November 16, 2019
3 PM
Jacques Tati,
France, Italy,
1958,
(116 mins)

English Version
Recommended for ages 10 & up

The wonders of an ultramodern house come in for classic Tati mockery. “Slapstick heaven” (New Yorker).
Saturday, November 16, 2019
5 PM

Programmed by Ryanaustin Dennis and Chika Okoye

Writer Ruth Gebreyesus introduces four short films from Ephraim Esili’s Diaspora Suite, built around footage shot in American and international locations—each an important site in the African diaspora.
Included with admission
Series Black Life
5:30 PM
  • Film
Saturday, November 16, 2019
5:30 PM
Abbas Kiarostami,
France, Iran,
2004,
(88 mins)
From the master himself, thoughts on filmmaking as a journey, delivered from—where else?—the front seat of his car. “An incisive, sometimes funny, and often provocative contemplation of the art of cinema” (Museum of Modern Art, New York).
Saturday, November 16, 2019
7:30 PM
Cai Chusheng, Zheng Junli,
China,
1947,
(189 mins)

Digital Restoration

This screening replaces the reprise of Crows and Sparrows, which had played previously on October 6. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Included on the Hong Kong Film Awards list of the greatest Chinese-language films of all time, this decades-spanning epic following a couple’s separation during the Sino-Japanese War has been called China’s Gone with the Wind.
Presented with intermission
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Sunday, November 17, 2019
11 AM–7 PM
As part of the exhibition The San Quentin Project: Nigel Poor and the Men of San Quentin State Prison, we celebrate the San Quentin Prison Arts Program by featuring artwork that has been mailed to BAMPFA from the artists at the San Quentin Art Studio.
Included with admission
11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Sunday, November 17, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

1 PM
  • Art
  • In-Person
  • Workshop
Sunday, November 17, 2019
1 PM

Programmed by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo

Alt-text is an essential part of web accessibility, making visual content accessible to blind people and those with low vision. Learn to creatively reframe alt-text as a form of poetry in this workshop led by Shannon Finnegan.
Included with admission
Series Workshops
2 PM
Sunday, November 17, 2019
2 PM
Explore the spirit of Surrealism with a guided tour of Strange. 
Included with admission
Series Guided Tours
Sunday, November 17, 2019
2 PM
Franz Osten,
Germany, India, United Kingdom,
1928,
(105 mins)

East Bay Premiere of Digital Restoration!

This ravishing silent epic tells the romantic tale behind the creation of the Taj Mahal. We present a recent restoration featuring a stunning new score from sitar master Anoushka Shankar.
Sunday, November 17, 2019
4:30 PM
Bill Haney,
United States,
2019,
(90 mins)

Jim Allison: Breakthrough also screens November 15 with a panel discussion featuring scientists Greg Barton, Rachel Humphrey, Steve Isaacs, David Raulet, and Julia Schaletzky.

This documentary tells the remarkable story of a Nobel Prize–winning Bay Area biologist who found a cure for cancer through his trailblazing immunotherapy research.
7 PM
  • Film
Sunday, November 17, 2019
7 PM
Lindsay Anderson,
United Kingdom,
1968,
(111 mins)

Digital Restoration

In 1968, the boarding school as metaphor for social control was a shot heard ’round the world. “A modern classic” (Time Out).
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Monday, November 18, 2019
6:30 PM

Canceled
This program has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Egypt-born, Los Angeles–based artist Sherin Guirguis discusses her work, which investigates narratives and histories that have often been forgotten, marginalized, or erased.
Free admission. Doors open at 6 PM.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019
12:15 PM
Explore the spirit of Surrealism with a guided tour of Strange. 
Included with admission
Series Guided Tours
12:30 PM
  • In-Person
  • Reading
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
12:30 PM
Former BAMPFA director Jacquelynn Baas presents her groundbreaking new book Marcel Duchamp and the Art of Life with an illustrated introduction and reading.
Included with admission
Series Readings
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
6 PM
Artist Edie Fake discusses his new Art Wall project with exhibition organizer Elaine Yau, addressing the idea of queer space and the role of art in growing dialogue around trans rights.
Included with admission
7 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
7 PM
Babette Mangolte,
United States,
1982,
(78 mins)
Mangolte’s meditation on the vastness of the American West moves between Arizona and New Mexico, finding awe and inspiration—and exploring the very concept of wilderness.
  • Babette Mangolte
    In Person
21
2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Thursday, November 21, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Thursday, November 21, 2019
12 PM
A talk by Amy Franceschini, the founder of Futurefarmers, a group of artists, designers, farmers, and architects with a common interest in creating frameworks of participation that recalibrate our cultural compass.
Free admission
7 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Thursday, November 21, 2019
7 PM
Jean-Pierre Gorin,
France, United Kingdom, United States,
1986,
(81 mins)
Jean-Pierre Gorin explores ideas of work, the male imaginary, and American culture through an essay film inspired by critic and artist Manny Farber. Babette Mangolte’s cinematography is “marvelously nuanced” (Senses of Cinema).
  • Babette Mangolte
    In Person
    Babette Mangolte was the cinematographer for Routine Pleasures.
22
11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Friday, November 22, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

4 PM
  • Film
Friday, November 22, 2019
4 PM
Abbas Kiarostami,
France, Iran,
2001,
(85 mins)
For his first film shot outside Iran, Kiarostami went to Uganda to document the reality of children orphaned by AIDS. What he found was a network of widows creating a culture of support, in a place devastated by death but still full of life.
4 PM
  • In-Person
  • Performance
Friday, November 22, 2019
4 PM
The Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers brings fourteen Latinx dance artists to BAMPFA for two days of impactful performances.
Included with admission
7 PM
Friday, November 22, 2019
7 PM
Thomas Allen Harris,
United States,
1995,
(72 mins)
Thomas Allen Harris explores the intersections of race, family, and sexuality in this pioneering essay film, which focuses on three groups of queer black siblings, including the director and his brother.
In Conversation
  • Jesse Hawthorne Ficks
    Jesse Hawthorne Ficks teaches film history and is the film history coordinator at Academy of Art University, curates the Midnites for Maniacs film series, and is a member of the San Francisco Film Cri
  • Marvin K. White
    Marvin K. White is a poet, artist, teacher, and preacher currently serving as artivist in residence at the Oakland Peace Center.
9:30 PM
  • Film
  • Free
  • In-Person
Friday, November 22, 2019
9:30 PM
Tod Browning,
United States,
1925,
(76 mins)

Free Admission!

Join the BAMPFA Student Committee for the 2019 edition of CineSpin, a freewheeling free screening with local student musicians and DJs playing live accompaniment to a demented silent about sideshow performers (Lon Chaney among them) who turn to a life of crime.
Free admission. Tickets available at the admissions desk beginning at 7 PM.
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Saturday, November 23, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

12:30 PM
  • Film
Saturday, November 23, 2019
12:30 PM
Abbas Kiarostami,
Iran,
1989,
(112 mins)

Digital Restoration

In a series of interviews with grade-school boys on the topic of homework, much is revealed on the topic of life. With shorts Breaktime and Orderly or Disorderly.
Saturday, November 23, 2019
3 PM
Bill Haney,
United States,
2019,
(90 mins)

Jim Allison: Breakthrough also screens November 15 with a panel discussion featuring scientists Greg Barton, Rachel Humphrey, Steve Isaacs, David Raulet, and Julia Schaletzky.

This documentary tells the remarkable story of a Nobel Prize–winning Bay Area biologist who found a cure for cancer through his trailblazing immunotherapy research.
4 PM
  • In-Person
  • Performance
Saturday, November 23, 2019
4 PM
The Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers brings fourteen Latinx dance artists to BAMPFA for two days of impactful performances.
Included with admission
5 PM
Saturday, November 23, 2019
5 PM
Joseph Losey,
United Kingdom,
1963,
(115 mins)
Let’s play master and servant! Dirk Bogarde and James Fox do it in this striking parable on class conflict, Joseph Losey’s first collaboration with Harold Pinter.
7:30 PM
Saturday, November 23, 2019
7:30 PM
Jia Zhangke,
China, France, Japan,
2018,
(136 mins)

BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

A gangster’s wife stands on her own in Jia’s expansive narrative of empowerment and survival, inspired by Hong Kong gangster films and set against the tumultuous changes in contemporary China. “Fierce, gripping, emotionally generous, and surprisingly funny” (Los Angeles Times).
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
24
11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Sunday, November 24, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

1:30 PM
  • Families
  • In-Person
  • Performance
  • Workshop
Sunday, November 24, 2019
1:30 PM

Programmed by Ryanaustin Dennis and Chika Okoye

Members of Diamano Coura West African Dance Company lead a course in traditional West African song and dance. All ages welcome!
Included with admission
Series Black Life
2 PM
Sunday, November 24, 2019
2 PM
Abbas Kiarostami,
Iran,
1983,
(72 mins)

Digital Restoration

Kiarostami turns footage of a traffic cop beleaguered by demanding drivers into a study of verbal invention, miniature rebellion, and the fine line between order and disorder. With short Tribute to Teachers.
2 PM
Sunday, November 24, 2019
2 PM
Join a guided tour of Hinges and discover Sakaki Hyakusen’s transformative contribution to the art of eighteenth-century Japan.
Included with admission
Series Guided Tours
4 PM
Sunday, November 24, 2019
4 PM
What’s the difference between a picture, an image, a photograph, a print, a portrait, a piece, a post? Explore this evolving question and learn to print your photographs on the risograph using color separation techniques.
Included with admission
Series Workshops
4:30 PM
  • Film
Sunday, November 24, 2019
4:30 PM
Jacques Tati,
France, Italy,
1971,
(97 mins)
A comic-apocalyptic vision of mechanized modernity in which humankind indulges in a perpetual love-hate relationship with its favorite pet, the automobile.
7 PM
  • Film
Sunday, November 24, 2019
7 PM
Lewis Gilbert,
United Kingdom,
1966,
(114 mins)

Archival Print

Before Alfie, Michael Caine was just some great British actor. In its offhand candor on all things sexual, Alfie was what it was all about.
25
6:30 PM
  • Film
  • Free
  • In-Person
Monday, November 25, 2019
6:30 PM
Marlon Riggs,
United States,
1989,

Free Admission!

This screening is presented as part of Arts + Design Mondays. Tongues Untied also screens Wednesday, October 23 (with Elena Gross and Vivian Kleiman in conversation; regular admission prices apply).

Riggs’s riveting combination of interviews, performance, stock footage, autobiography, poetry, and dance reveals the revolutionary potential of black men loving black men.
Free admission. Doors open at 6 PM.
In Conversation
  • Ken Light
    Ken Light is the Reva and David Logan Professor and curator of the Center for Photography at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
  • Darieck B. Scott
    Darieck B. Scott is an associate professor in the Department of African American Studies at UC Berkeley.
  • Leila Weefur
    Leila Weefur is an artist, writer, and curator. She/They/He teaches in UC Berkeley’s Department of Art Practice.
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12:15 PM
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
12:15 PM
Explore the spirit of Surrealism with a guided tour of Strange. 
Included with admission
Series Guided Tours
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1:30 PM
  • Families
  • Film
Friday, November 29, 2019
1:30 PM
Jacques Tati,
France,
1953,
(88 mins)

Recommended for ages 9 & up

This cinematic postcard from a seaside summer resort is “the most important comic work in world cinema since the Marx Brothers and W. C. Fields . . . an event in the history of sound film” (André Bazin).
Friday, November 29, 2019
4 PM
Franz Osten,
Germany, India, United Kingdom,
1928,
(105 mins)

East Bay Premiere of Digital Restoration!

This ravishing silent epic tells the romantic tale behind the creation of the Taj Mahal. We present a recent restoration featuring a stunning new score from sitar master Anoushka Shankar.
Friday, November 29, 2019
6:30 PM
Bill Haney,
United States,
2019,
(90 mins)

Jim Allison: Breakthrough also screens November 15 with a panel discussion featuring scientists Greg Barton, Rachel Humphrey, Steve Isaacs, David Raulet, and Julia Schaletzky.

This documentary tells the remarkable story of a Nobel Prize–winning Bay Area biologist who found a cure for cancer through his trailblazing immunotherapy research.
30
1:30 PM
  • Families
  • Film
Saturday, November 30, 2019
1:30 PM
Victor Fleming,
United States,
1939,
(101 mins)

Recommended for ages 5 & up

What better activity for a holiday weekend than a trip down the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, and the Tin Woodsman? Experience this enduring classic the old-fashioned way, in a 35mm print.
4 PM
  • Film
Saturday, November 30, 2019
4 PM
Jacques Tati,
France, Italy,
1967,
(124 mins)
Tati’s vision of sixties Paris is “perhaps the most madly modernistic work of anti-modernism in the history of cinema” (New Yorker). Jonathan Rosenbaum called it one of the ten greatest films of all time.
7 PM
  • Film
Saturday, November 30, 2019
7 PM
Michelangelo Antonioni,
United Kingdom,
1966,
(110 mins)

Digital Restoration

Michelangelo Antonioni chose Swinging London as the setting for “a cryptic murder mystery . . . a landmark of the decade’s observational outrage and Pop disposability” (Time Out).