College Takes a Look at Recent History with Documentary Film
October 6, 2004
Mass. -- On Oct. 15-17, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
Committee and the McNeil Program for Studies in American Art
a film festival, “Deconstructing Master Narratives: Recent
Documentaries,” featuring nine films that address 9/11,
the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and related issues. All events
are free and open to the public.
will lead a discussion following each of the showings of the
films The Fog of War, The Corporation, Edward Said: On Orientalism,
Fahrenheit 9/11, 11’09”01, Hijacking Catastrophe:
9/11, Fear and the Selling of American Empire, Control Room,
Uncovered: The Whole Truth about the Iraq War and Outfoxed.
as Martin Luther King Jr. became increasingly critical of the
Vietnam War and the persistence of poverty in the late ’60s,
more and more Americans and others are raising questions about
the Iraq War and the political economy of ‘globalization’—how
the two are linked, the validity of the given justifications
for undertaking the war, and what is seen by some as the manipulation
of the tragedy of 9/11,” said Wellesley Professor of Africana
Studies Judith Rollins, chair, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
Committee. “The unprecedented reception these documentaries
have received is an indication of a hunger for a fuller, more
nuanced discussion of current events than is being presented
by this administration and most of the media.”
can also bridge an information gap.
filmmakers commit themselves to this form because they believe
that 'to every story, there is, at most, one and a half sides—a
right side and a side that, despite possibly having some redeeming
aspects, is, on balance, wrong' (Louis Menand),” said Salem
Mekuria, Wellesley College professor of art. “Come and
participate in an open educational experience that will enrich
your understanding of current history beyond one-liners.”
will be led by Mark Solomon, professor emeritus, history, Simmons
College; Sut Jhally, filmmaker; Seble Dawit, human rights lawyer;
Bo Smith, film director, Museum of Fine Arts; Elaine Hagopian,
professor emerita, sociology, Simmons; Shahid Alam, economics,
Northeastern University; Julie Matthaei, economics, and Pat Berman,
art, Wellesley College. Films and discussions will take place
in Collins Cinema and Jewett Arts Center.
For more information,
go to www.wellesley.edu/Art/events/docfest or
a schedule of the film festival:
5 pm, Collins Café: Reception
6 pm, Collins
Cinema: Fog of War by Erroll Morris,
2003, (107 minutes). Discussant: Mark Solomon. Followed by The
Corporation by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott,
2004, (2 hours, 30 minutes). Discussant: Shahid Alam.
2 pm, Jewett Art Center. Room 450: Edward Said: On Orientalism by
Sut Jhally, MEF, 2000, (40 minutes). Discussant: Elaine Hagopian. Followed
by 11’09”01, 2003 (128 minutes). Discussant:
6 pm, Jewett
Art Center Sculpture Court: Buffet Dinner.
7 pm, Collins
Cinema: Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael
Moore, 2004, (122 minutes). Discussant: Seble Dawit.
1 pm, Collins Cinema: Hijacking Catastrophe by Sut
Jhally, MEF, 2003, (64 minutes). Discussant: Sut Jhally. Followed by Control
Room by Jehane Noujaim, 2003, (84 minutes). Discussant: Elaine
5 pm, Collins Café: Buffet Dinner.
6 pm, Collins
Cinema: Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq
War by Robert Greenwald, 2003, (90 minutes). Discussant:
Julie Matthaei. Followed by Outfoxed by
Robert Greenwald, 2003, (114 minutes). Discussant: Pat Berman.
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liberal-arts education for women who will make a difference in
the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate
students from all 50 states and 68 countries. For more information,
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