Film Studies at the Five Colleges

Five College Film Events

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Still Life - Dir Jia Zhangke, Hong Kong/China, 2006, 111 min, Mandarin with English subtitles

7:30PM, Isenberg School of management rm 137, umass amherst

A sweeping drama of love and loss, portraying those caught up in the
forced change of a rapidly modernizing society and set against the
epic backdrop of the construction of the Three Gorges Dam on China’s
Yangtze River.  A miner and a nurse return home to salvage their
crumbling marriages and discover what must be left behind, just as the
city itself faces inevitable ruin. Introduction by Christine Ho, UMass

Comments by Yun-fei Ji, visiting artist, UMass Amherst, following the

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Geography of Colour in 1960's Bombay Cinema
A Lecture by Ranjani Mazumdar

11:15AM, S404 Integrative Learning Center
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Ranjani Mazumdar is an internationally recognized leading authority on Indian cinema. She is Professor of Cinema Studies at the School of Arts & Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University and author of Bombay Cinema: An Archive of a City and co-author of the forthcoming Indian Film Industry. She is also a documentary filmmaker with productions including Delhi Diary 2001 and The Power of the Image.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Liar's Dice - dir Geethu Mohandas
A Hindi Film With English Subtitles

7:30PM, Isenberg school of management, Room 137
University of massachusetts Amherst

This drama, told with subtle humor and an acute sense of local politics and economics, follows a young woman as she and her child journey from their home village along the Tibetan border to the urban sprawl of Delhi in search of her missing husband.

Introduction by Ajay Sinha, Mount Holyoke College.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Branwen Okpako - "The Education of Auma Obama"

7:00PM, 120 Jerome Liebling Center, Hampshire

"The Education of Auma Obama," is a captivating and intimate portrait of the U.S. president's older half-sister, who embodies a post-colonial, feminist identity. An academic overachiever, she studied linguistics and contemporary dance in Heidelberg, Germany, before enrolling in film school in Berlin, where she met Nigerian-born Okpako in the nineties. After living in the United Kingdom for a short period of time, Auma Obama eventually moved back to Kenya to mentor a young generation of community activists, social workers and other ambitious young men and women whose aspirations are informed by their parents' experiences, and whose ambition to forge a better future for their communities starts from the ground up. "The Education of Auma Obama," received the 2012 African Movie Academy Award for Best Diaspora Documentary, the Festival Founders' Award for Best Documentary at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles (both in 2012), and the Viewers' Choice Award at the Africa International Film Festival (2011). Branwen Okpako was born in Lagos/Nigeria. She studied political sciences at Bristol University, England, followed by studies in filmmaking at the German Film & Television Academy, Berlin (dffb). For her feature documentary "Dirt for Dinner," she won the Bavarian documentary film prize The Young Lion, the German Next-Generation-First-Steps Award for Best Documentary Film and First Prize at the Dubrovnik Documentary Film Festival in 2001. Her fiction feature "Valley of the Innocent," 2004, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film festival in 2003 and went on to compete in the feature film competition at FESPACO 2005. Her most recent project, "The Curse of Medea," a docu-drama about the life of the late German writer Christa Wolf, was screened at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2014.

Friday, November 14, 2014

2014 Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival

7:00-9:00PM, Cohn Dining Commons, Greenfield community college

Don’t Miss the Valley’s Own Sustainability Film Fest --

the annual free event that showcases Greater Pioneer Valley region filmmakers’ films on ways communities are working toward sustainable living.

 Curtain goes up on the 2014 Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival on Friday, November 14th in the Cohn Dining Commons at Greenfield Community College from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. where concepts like: equality, self-help, valuing resources, supporting locally produced, community building, green marketing, diversity, and celebration will be woven through ten short films shown for free.  Internationally acclaimed documentarian Rawn Fulton will be the MC for this event, and prizes will be given out for the top three short films by adults and 18 and under filmmakers. 

You can join film producers after enjoying the films for a meet and greet session during which you can ask questions and provide feedback.  Join us for a fun night out while building community and learning new things about the region that you live in.  It is often in our own backyards that we discover the riches which we deemed to only be available in distant and far removed lands.

The Film Festival is co-sponsored by Transition Towns: Northfield-MA, Amherst, Northampton, Wendell, Greenfield, Pelham and the Pioneer Valley Institute. The Festival is also partnered with 10 area Community Media Centers. This program is supported in part by grants from the Pelham, Athol, Northfield, and Wendell Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.