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The Modern Language Department is delighted to invite you to their XXIII Colloquium, which will take place this year, 2021, Monday, March 15 and Tuesday 16 at Borough of Manhattan Community College. We hope you will join us in attending the screening at the Tribeca Theater 2. You can find an overview of the full program…

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Here is what else movies have taught me: They rarely get women right. Forced kisses and (most) spankings are no longer freely, carelessly, dispensed, but the power dynamic they represent remains. Instead of lonely male heroes, we sometimes get cartoons of female empowerment, with aspirational princesses and one-dimensional warriors brandishing the same old guns and…

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

Wonder Women! hits us right where it counts, offering a nuanced critique of gender and heroism in popular culture… Reveals the complicated negotiations girls and women face as we attempt to achieve confidence, strength, and agency in a society often at odds with those goals. Mary Celeste Kearney, Associate Professor of Media Studies, University of…

Wadjda‎ وجدة‎

The first film by a woman in Saudi Arabia exposes the country’s denial of women’s rights while giving Muslim feminism a voice. Hopefully a film like Wadjda will expose not only the systematic denial of women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, but also make us think more about the actual women in that country, trying to…

Not One Less | 一个都不能少 | Yīgè dōu bùnéng shǎo

In Not One Less, Zhang delivers a painful lesson in economics, in which every cent counts. This equation is masterfully handled by Zhang with his own ineffable sense of economy. A single piece of chalk becomes a moving instrument in his hands, once its price is revealed. Zhang exposes a hard country, where even a simple…

Bande de filles

The characters themselves sparked the project. The teenage girls that I would regularly see hanging out in the vicinity of Paris’ Les Halles shopping center, or in the metro, sometimes in Gare du Nord train station: always in a gang, loud, lively, dancing. Wanting to delve deeper, I sought out their blogs and came to…

Bellissima

Born into a prominent family of Milanese aristocrats, Luchino Visconti had a rare perspective on social class and familial tradition that informs his work. His films, small at first, grew to operatic proportions as his career went on, with a thematic grandeur to equal their visual opulence. Bellissima is an intriguing portrait into the film…

Roma

Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, which opens with the deceptively effortless image of soapy water splashing across on a tile floor, builds like a symphony. The melody is a relatively simple one, following a domestic worker named Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) and the family that employs her as they deal with the fallout of abandonment and pregnancy. The…

Feminist Film Theory

Maybe, feminist cinema is about democratizing our characters’ points of view and also democratize who gets to be behind the camera in order to access these topics in another fashion. Feminist film theory has emerged in the past 20 years to become a large and flourishing field. Its dominant approach, exemplifed by such journals as…

Write a great movie review

We have some questions for you to share with your professors and peers. After the screening of the films, write a great movie review.  Here you have some guidelines to help you build a paragraph: What is the basic plot of the film? What did you like best and least about the movie? Why? Who…

Languages

قوّة الإنسان فى عقله و لسانه . ·  學而時習之 不亦說乎 ·  Language is an anonymous, collective and unconscious art; the result of the creativity of thousands of generations. · La parole a été donnée à l’homme pour déguiser sa pensée. · Die Grenzen meiner Sprache bedeuten die Grenzen meiner Welt. · Notitia linguarum est prima…

American Sign Language

If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world. Ludwig Wittgenstein    American Sign Language is a visually perceived language based on a naturally evolved system of articulated hand gestures and their placement relative to the body, along with non-manual markers such as facial expressions, head movements, shoulder raises, mouth morphemes,…