Lecturers from the department of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies (CLAS) in collaboration with Tate Liverpool, have organised a series of talks and screenings of politically engaged films from around the world
‘Political commitment in World Cinemas’ features films which reflect significant milestones in world cinema and which touch on the broader political and social context in which it is made.
Dr Tom Whittaker, Lecturer in Film Studies in CLAS, said: “This is the beginning of an exciting collaboration with the Tate and their exhibition, `Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making 1789 – 2013’. The films which we showcase in the series show how left-wing values have shaped filmmaking in a number of different national and historical contexts.”
The next film in the series ‘Jonas qui aura 25 ans dans l’an 2000’ will be screened on Wednesday, 15 January at 2.30pm. The film portrays a group of survivors of the 1968 Paris riots determined to keep the flame of the rebellion alive, cope with their problematic ideals and relationships and try to start an alternative community.
The series also includes the Mexican film,`Heart of Time’ (Corazón del Tiempo) and the `The Bicycle Thieves’ (Ladri di biciclette).
Heart of Time’ is a film about love in the time of Zapatista Resistance and will be screened on Thursday, 16 January 2014 from 2.30 – 4.30pm.
`The Bicycle Thieves’ (Ladri di biciclette) is Vittorio De Sica’s 1948 story of a poor father searching post-World War II Rome for his stolen bicycle, without which he will lose the job which was to be the salvation of his young family will be screened on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 from 2 – 4pm.
Further details about the series and to book a place can be found at: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-liverpool/film/office-useful-art-political-commitment-world-cinema-2