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Film Screenings for Art Week 29 Oct – 4 Nov 2012

This week is Art Week and there are multiple free documentary screenings to choose from!

Darwin’s Nightmare

When: 6pm Wednesday 31 October

Where: Room 242, Science Centre, 23 Symonds St

Film: Darwin’s Nightmare (2004, 107 mins)

Director: Hubert Sauper

Synopsis: Some time in the 1960s, in the heart of Africa, a new animal was introduced into Lake Victoria as a little scientific experiment. The Nile Perch, a voracious predator, extinguished almost the entire stock of the native fish species. However, this new gigantic fish multiplied incredibly fast, and its white fillets are today exported all around the world. Huge hulking ex-Soviet cargo planes come daily to collect the latest catch in exchange for their southbound cargo: Kalashnikovs and ammunitions for the uncounted wars in the dark center of the African continent. This booming multinational industry of fish and weapons has created an ungodly globalized alliance on the shores of the world’s biggest tropical lake: an army of local fishermen, World Bank agents, homeless children, African ministers, EU-commissioners, Tanzanian prostitutes and Russian pilots.

Screenings at Britomart Country Club in Galway St

Note that the films and times are slightly different to what was sent out last week.

Monday 29th Oct 8pm
Culture Jam: Hijacking Commercial Culture  (57 mins)

Tues 30th Oct 8:30pm
Manufactured Landscapes (90 mins)

Thurs 1st Nov 8:30pm
Manufactured Landscapes

Sat 3rd Nov 8:30pm
Manufactured Landscapes

Sun 4th Nov 12pm
The Yes Men Fix the World (87 mins)

Free Documentary Screenings at The University of Auckland for Art Week

Cinema Politica Screening Wednesday 24 October 

Details of this week’s free ‘Cinema Politica’ documentary screening at The University of Auckland:

  • When: 6pm, Wednesday 24 October
  • Where: Room 242, Science Centre, 23 Symonds St (follow the arrows)
  • Film: Bad Girl (58 mins)
  • Director: Marielle Nitoslawska

Synopsis: How does imagery influence the development of sexual identities and how might representations of sexuality change the way we understand it? The male-dominated multi-billion-dollar mainstream pornography industry recreates a restrictive image of sexuality, but growing numbers of women directors are offering alternative visions of female desire. Marielle Nitoslawska’s 2002 film Bad Girl investigates explicit representations of female sexuality by women, exploring the pragmatic and philosophical questions they pose, with emphasis on the ways in which the creation of women-friendly pornography confronts and alters the expectations of male consumers. Ultimately, Nitoslawska is concerned with how we comprehend desire, gender and identity, how we understand and represent its history, and the resulting affect on culture and human relations.

Art Week Screenings

Next week the university is holding a series of screenings at Britomart Country Club to celebrate Art Week (in addition to the usual Wednesday night film).

Manufactured Landscapes will be screened three times: 

  • Tuesday 30 October, 8.30pm
  • Thursday 1 November, 8.30pm
  • Saturday 3 November, 8.30pm
Synopsis: MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES is the striking new documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of “manufactured landscapes”—quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams—Burtynsky creates stunningly beautiful art from civilization’s materials and debris. The film follows him through China, as he shoots the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution. With breathtaking sequences, such as the opening tracking shot through an almost endless factory, the filmmakers also extend the narratives of Burtynsky’s photographs, allowing us to meditate on our impact on the planet and witness both the epicenters of industrial endeavor and the dumping grounds of its waste. 
Manufactured Landscapes was chosen because it’s very visual and doesn’t have a lot of sound so it can be played in the background while bands play.


Culture Jamming will be screened once 
  • Sunday 4 November, 8.00pm
Synopsis: A new breed of revolutionary stands poised along our information highways waging war on logos and symbols. They’re “Culture Jammers” and their mission is to artfully reclaim our mental environment and cause a bit of brand damage to corporate mindshare. Director Jill Sharpe’s subversively savvy one-hour documentary film – culturejam – Hijacking Commercial Culture- bursts our last bubble of illusion about free speech in public space and gives us spanking brand-new hope at the same time. Scream at the TV, but don’t touch that dial! Yet. In the hour long film, Culture Jam: Hijacking Commercial Culture, we follow three outlandish jammers; media tigress Carly Stasko, Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping, and Jack Napier with the Billboard Liberation Front.

All welcome.

Please pass on to family and friends who may be interested.

Details on the rest of the Art Week events are available here: http://artweekauckland.co.nz/events

Free ‘Operation 8’ Film Screening 17 May 2012

Details of this week’s free doco from the University of Auckland’s Cinema Politica series. It’s a NZ one!

  • When: 6pm, Thursday 17 May
  • Where: Room 225, Continuing Education Building, cnr Eden Cres and Short St, Auckland Central
  • Film: Operation 8 (2011, 110 mins)
  • Directors: Errol Wright and Abi King-Jones

Synopsis: On October 15 2007, activists around New Zealand woke to guns in their faces. Black-clad police smashed down doors, dragging families out onto roads and detaining some without food or water. Houses were ransacked and “evidence” confiscated. In the small rural village of Ruatoki, helicopters flew overhead while locals were stopped at roadblocks, their photos taken and their cars searched. Those arrested were interrogated and then imprisoned for four weeks. The War on Terror had arrived in Aotearoa. Over 300 police raided around 60 houses throughout the country. Operation 8 had involved 18 months of invasive surveillance of Maori sovereignty and peace activists accused of attending terrorist training camps in the Urewera bush – homeland of the Tuhoe people.

All welcome!

Free Film at University of Auckland 10 May 2012 6 pm

Details of Cinema Politica this week:

  • Film: Grace, Milly, Lucy… Child Soldiers (2010, 73 mins)
  • Director: Raymonde Provencher (Canada)
  • When: 6pm, Thursday 10 May
  • Where: Room 225, Continuing Education Building, cnr of Eden Crescent and Short Street

Synopsis: Over the past twenty years, more than 30,000 Ugandan children have been abducted by rebel troops and forced into in armed conflict. Many of these child soldiers are girls. Grace, Milly, Lucy… Child Soldiers explores this little-known reality.  When they return from captivity, girls who were trained to kill and often forced to “marry” their captors must readjust to life within their community. Clinging to their dreams, Grace, Milly and Lucy are trying to restore meaning to their lives and break the silence surrounding the fate of a sacrificed generation.

All welcome

Free Film: Culture Jam 26 April 6pm

The University of Auckland’s Cinema Politica series is starting up again now that the mid-semester break is over.

Details of this week’s free documentary screening:

  • When: Thursday 26 April, 6pm
  • Where: 1-10 Short Street, Continuing Education Building, Room 225
  • Film: Culture Jam: Hijacking Commercial Culture (2002, 57 mins). Director: Jill Sharpe (Canada)

Synopsis: A new breed of revolutionary stands poised along our information highways waging war on logos and symbols. They’re “Culture Jammers” and their mission is to artfully reclaim our mental environment and cause a bit of brand damage to corporate mindshare. Director Jill Sharpe’s subversively savvy one-hour documentary film – culturejam – Hijacking Commercial Culture- bursts our last bubble of illusion about free speech in public space and gives us spanking brand-new hope at the same time.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.cinemapolitica.org/screening/auckland/culture-jam-hijacking-commercial-culture

Every week Cinema Politica screens a different free documentary. All are open to the public so feel free to bring family/friends along too!

Free Movie at U of A: 8 March 2012

The University of Auckland has changed Cinema Politica to Thursday evenings from this week onwards because it seems to suit more people than Wednesdays. The venue has also changed from HSB2 to the Continuing Education Centre, in Short Street down from Law School
Here are the details of this week’s screening

  • When: 6pm,Thursday 8 March
  • Where: Room 225, Continuing Education Centre, Short Street
  • Film: 500 years later (108 mins)
  • Director: Owen ‘Alik Shahadah

Synopsis: Until Lions tell their tale, the story of the hunt will always glorify the hunter-African proverb.Crime, poor education, poverty, self-hatred, prison system, broken homes plague people of African descent globally – Why? Filmed in over twenty countries and on five continents, 500 Years Later is a compelling journey, infused with the spirit and music of liberation, that chronicles the struggle of a people from enslavement who continue to fight for the most essential human right – freedom. 500 Years Later is an epic multi-award winning documentary directed by Owen ‘Alik Shahadah.

All welcome, free entry.

Movie Screening 22 Feb: Finding Dawn

Date: Wednesday 22nd February (tomorrow)
Time: 6pm
Where: HSB2, University of Auckland
Film: Finding Dawn (73 mins)
Director: Christine Welsh
Synopsis: FINDING DAWN puts a human face on a tragedy that has received precious little attention – and one which is surprisingly similar to the situation in Ciudad Juarez, on the other side of the U.S. border. Dawn Crey, Ramona Wilson and Daleen Kay Bosse are just three of the estimated 500 Aboriginal women who have gone missing or been murdered in Canada over the past 30 years. Acclaimed Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh embarks on an epic journey to shed light on these murders and disappearances that remain unresolved to this day. She begins at Vancouver’s skid row where more than 60 poor women disappeared and travels to the “Highway of Tears” in northern British Columbia where more than two dozen women (all but one Native) have vanished.

All welcome