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May 2018

Film Studies 13th Annual Postgraduate Conference

13th Annual Postgraduate Film Studies Conference The Annual Postgraduate Film Studies Conference is a showcase of the dynamic research environment and impressive range of studies undertaken by the postgraduate community at the Department of Film Studies at the University of St Andrews. The conference is a two-day, student-organised event hosted by the Department of Film Studies, designed for all the doctoral candidates in Film Studies to present professional conference papers pertaining to their thesis research. The presentation panels will take…

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Film Screening: “The Sun Island” (dir. Thomas Elsaesser, 2017). Screening and Discussion with Professor Thomas Elsaesser

May 14 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Sun Island (dir. Thomas Elsaesser, Germany, 2017, 72 mins) Screening and discussion with the film director The Sun Island is a documentary essay film about coincidences, shattered lives and posthumous fame. A found footage family film about love and passion, friendship and heartbreak in Berlin between the wars. But ​a film ​also about self-sufficiency and recycling​, about the green movement and the environment​ – before these ​notions ​had yet been properly invented. And it ​touches​ the utopian potential of ideas that…

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CFS Speaker Series: Professor Thomas Elsaesser, “Trapped in Amber: On the Materialities of Media Memory”

May 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Trapped in Amber: On the Materialities of Media Memory A lecture by Professor Thomas Elsaesser   **See also the screening of Professor Elsaesser's film The Sun Island (2017) on May 15th at 5pm   Thomas Elsaesser is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Media and Culture of the University of Amsterdam. From 2006 to 2012 he was Visiting Professor at Yale and since 2013 he is Visiting Professor at Columbia University. Author and editor of some twenty books, his work has been published…

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The Ukamau Group: New Perspectives on Cinematic Practices, Overshadowed Practitioners, and Texts. One-day Symposium

May 28 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

The Bolivian film group Ukamau developed one of the most remarkable trajectories of Latin American political cinema, since the 1960s. Their work methodology was characterised by the incorporation of the Andean indigenous populations and subaltern subjects to emancipatory cinematic processes in countries (Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador) without well-established film industries. To this end, the Ukamau group created a decolonised cinematic practice and a filmic language based on the Andean cosmovision to communicate effectively and coherently with their target audiences, the…

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