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Walter Capps and the Value of the Humanities

June 19, 2024 21:00 - 1 hour - 1.32 GB Video

What role do the humanities - history, art, philosophy, language, religion - play in the modern world? Prominent leaders of humanities organizations discuss the contributions of noted humanist and professor Walter H. Capps and the value of the humanities today. Series: "Ethics, Religion and Public Life: Walter H. Capps Center Series" [Humanities] [Show ID: 39705]

Revisiting the Classics: Who Framed Roger Rabbit

June 10, 2024 21:00 - 42 minutes - 506 MB Video

Associate producer Steve Starkey and screenwriter Peter S. Seaman join moderator Tyler Morgenstern (Assistant Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center) for a discussion of the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. They discuss the early development and complex visual effects of the film. They also discuss the state of Walt Disney Studios in the 1980s and the industrial contexts surrounding the film, as well as allegories of segregation and urban sprawl in Los Angeles worked into the narrative. Series: "Car...

CWC Docs: Last Things

June 02, 2024 21:00 - 38 minutes - 463 MB Video

Director Deborah Stratman joins moderator Alex Lilburn (Film and Media Studies, UCSB) for a discussion of her film, Last Things. Stratman discusses the varied ecological, geological, literary, and cinematic inspirations of the film and thinking beyond anthropic time scales. Together, they also discuss the structure of the documentary, the use of voiceover and outside excerpts, the scientific concepts explored throughout, and the research undertaken in the development process for the film. Ser...

CWC Global: Polite Society

May 27, 2024 21:00 - 51 minutes - 617 MB Video

Kashif Shaikh, co-founder and president of Pillars Fund, joins moderator Mona Damluji (Film and Media Studies, UCSB) for a discussion of the film Polite Society. Shaikh discusses working closely with director Nida Manzoor and themes of sisterhood, class hierarchy, and patriarchal power in the film. Together, they also discuss ways of subverting cliches and stereotypes in South Asian and Muslim representation onscreen and share perspectives on authenticity and a new generation of filmmakers. S...

CWC Docs: Stonebreakers

May 22, 2024 21:00 - 37 minutes - 448 MB Video

Filmmakers Valerio Ciriaci and Isaak Liptzin join UC Santa Barbara moderator Stephanie Malia Hom to discuss their film, Stonebreakers. They detail the origins of the project and their interest in monuments as a trigger for political action and historical discourse. They also discuss their experiences filming protests and broader political action against police brutality and systemic racism, and share perspectives on documentary film’s delicate tension between history and memory. Series: "Cars...

Revisiting the Classics: Still Film

May 20, 2024 21:00 - 44 minutes - 534 MB Video

Filmmaker James N. Kienitz Wilkins joins moderator Tyler Morgenstern, Assistant Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center, for a discussion of Still Film. They discuss its narrative and formal structure, as well as its thematic interests in the problems plaguing contemporary Hollywood. They also reflect on the film’s use of language and larger questions of cinema, memory, and nostalgia. Moreover, Wilkins discusses his use of 35mm press kit photos in the film and multiple meanings behind the term “st...

Revisiting the Classics: Paris Is Burning

May 15, 2024 21:00 - 42 minutes - 504 MB Video

Lucas Hilderbrand of UC Irvine joins UC Santa Barbara moderator Graham Feyl to discuss the film Paris is Burning. They review the history of its exhibition and the film’s enduring legacy as a powerful portrait of queer life, resistance, beauty, and art. They also discuss the unique structure of the documentary, the cultural contexts of drag balls for trans communities of color, and Paris is Burning’s significance in the history of trans representation onscreen. Series: "Carsey-Wolf Center" [H...

CWC Global: Corazón Azul

May 06, 2024 21:00 - 56 minutes - 675 MB Video

Director Miguel Coyula and actor Lynn Cruz join UC Santa Barbara's Kiley Guyton Acosta and Cristina Venegas to discuss their film, Corazón Azul. They discuss the allegorical significance of its imagery, which draws from Cuban political and historical contexts for its alternate reality narrative. They also share insights into the long, complicated development of the film over the years and reflect on what independent cinema means in Cuba. Series: "Carsey-Wolf Center" [Humanities] [Show ID: 39634]

Is Housing a Human Right?

May 04, 2024 21:00 - 1 hour - 1010 MB Video

The dramatic housing shortage in California affects millions of residents and leads thousands to homelessness. The 2024 Arthur N. Rupe Great Debate addresses this issue by asking, “Is Housing a Human Right?” If so, our state faces a massive undertaking. Experts with diverse specialties and experiences wrestle with some of our biggest challenges. How, for example, can we build low and moderate income housing when construction costs are high and community opposition is often present? How can pe...

Black Hollywood: They Cloned Tyrone

April 29, 2024 21:00 - 44 minutes - 531 MB Video

Filmmaker Juel Taylor joins UC Santa Barbara moderator Mireille Miller-Young for a discussion of his film They Cloned Tyrone as part of our Black Hollywood series. Taylor details the development of the film and its narrative and thematic inspirations and ideas. Together, they discuss each of the three main characters and the film’s playful subversion of racial stereotypes and Blaxploitation tropes. They also reflect on the film’s exploration of conspiracy theories in Black communities. Series...

Ixiles: Voices from the Shadows of Time

April 22, 2024 21:00 - 47 minutes - 571 MB Video

Filmmaker Alejandro M. Flores Aguilar and moderator Giovanni Batz discuss the film Ixiles: Voices from the Shadows of Time. Aguilar details the origin of the project, as well as the historical contexts of Indigenous resistance in the Ixil region of Guatemala. They also discuss issues surrounding ethnographic research, the responsibilities of academics, and the future of anti-colonial resistance. Series: "Carsey-Wolf Center" [Humanities] [Show ID: 39575]

Revisiting the Classics: Cane Fire

April 15, 2024 21:00 - 37 minutes - 449 MB Video

Filmmaker Anthony Banua-Simon joins moderator Patrice Petro to discuss his documentary film Cane Fire. They explore the historical and colonial relationships between the plantation economy, the film industry, and tourism in Hawai’i, and larger questions posed by the film. Banua-Simon also discusses his approach to interrogating Hollywood history and how archival materials, oral records, and conspicuous historical absences drive his central critique. Series: "Carsey-Wolf Center" [Humanities] [...

I Love This Film: Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

April 10, 2024 21:00 - 10 minutes - 130 MB Video

Writer/producer Gabe Liedman and moderator Tyler Morgenstern discuss the film Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, a screening programmed alongside a workshop on comedy writing. Liedman discusses the collaborative work of comedy and the unique comedic style of the film. He also shares his favorite jokes and moments in the movie, and how the film has been impactful for their own work as a comedian and screenwriter. Series: "Carsey-Wolf Center" [Humanities] [Show ID: 39565]

CWC Docs: Feels Good Man

March 29, 2024 21:00 - 43 minutes - 517 MB Video

Director Arthur Jones and producer Giorgio Angelini join moderator Chelsea Kai Roesch from UC Santa Barbara to discuss their film "Feels Good Man." They talk about working with artist Matt Furie and unpack the social and political contexts behind Pepe the Frog and its cooptation by the alt-right. They also reflect on the cinematic challenges in telling a story about the internet and discuss the larger implications of internet culture and political polarization in the United States. Series: "C...

Revisiting the Classics: Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

March 25, 2024 21:00 - 37 minutes - 2.17 GB Video

Timothy Corrigan of the University of Pennsylvania joins moderator Patrice Petro to discuss Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s classic film Ali: Fear Eats the Soul. Together, they examine the larger body of work and influences of the German filmmaker, which include Brechtian aesthetics and classical Hollywood melodramas like that of Douglas Sirk. They also offer close readings of scenes from the film, analyzing themes of class, race, and gender and the social relations of melodrama. Series: "Carsey-W...

Learning to See Again with a Bionic Eye

March 11, 2024 21:00 - 28 minutes - 251 MB Video

What is bionic vision? Michael Beyeler, director of the Bionic Vision Lab and assistant professor of computer science at UC Santa Barbara, talks about how technology is being used to help people see again using bionic vision. Series: "GRIT Talks" [Science] [Show ID: 39443]

How to Get Big Oil to Take Climate Change Seriously

March 01, 2024 21:00 - 28 minutes - 290 MB Video

What role do oil companies have in tackling climate change? In this program, Paasha Mahdavi, Assistant Professor of Political Science at UC Santa Barbara, talks about the challenge of getting big oil to take climate change seriously. Mahdavi's research broadly explores comparative environmental politics and the political consequences of natural resource wealth. He is the author of Power Grab: Political Survival Through Extractive Resource Nationalization (Cambridge University Press, 2020), wh...

Lamya's Poem

February 27, 2024 21:00 - 50 minutes - 603 MB Video

Filmmaker Sam Kadi joins moderator Juan Campo, professor of religious studies at UC Santa Barbara, for a discussion of the film Lamya’s Poem. Together, they consider how the film employs magical realism to interweave scenes from the lives of contemporary Syrian refugees with the experiences of 13th century poet Rumi. Kadi discusses the uses of animation in crafting a fantastical world, and shares perspectives on the important role of music, a conversation that continued with input from compos...

CWC Global: Whale Rider

February 23, 2024 21:00 - 45 minutes - 545 MB Video

Māori novelist Witi Ihimaera, author of the 1987 novel The Whale Rider, joins moderator Nicola Daly (University of Waikato) for a post-screening discussion of Niki Caro’s 2002 film Whale Rider. Ihimaera discusses the novel’s relationship to Māori stories and cultural practices, his writing process, and the film’s enduring legacy. This event was presented in conjunction with the 26th biennial Congress of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature (IRSCL). Series: "Carsey-Wolf...

Picky Eaters: Convincing Immune Cells to Eat Cancer

February 07, 2024 21:00 - 24 minutes - 254 MB Video

In this UC Santa Barbara GRIT talk, Dr. Meghan Morrissey discusses her work to get immune cells to eat cancer. Her goal is to uncover fundamental principles of macrophage signaling and tune macrophage function in the tumor microenvironment. Series: "GRIT Talks" [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 39441]

Can a New Chemical Industry Help the Environment?

February 05, 2024 21:00 - 28 minutes - 342 MB Video

How can we use raw materials to improve the environment? In this program, Susannah L. Scott, professor of chemistry at UC Santa Barbara, discusses how to efficiently use catalytic conversion of unconventional materials, such as biomass and synthetic polymers to create sustainable routes to renewable energy, fuels and chemicals. Series: "GRIT Talks" [Science] [Show ID: 39440]

Dodging Day Zero: Drought Adaptation And Inequality In Cape Town

January 26, 2024 21:00 - 29 minutes - 292 MB Video

In the coming decades, individuals around the world must adapt to changing environmental conditions, often driven by climate change. Adaptation requires significant resources, prompting the question of whether existing economic and social inequities may be exacerbated when adaptation become accessible to some, but not others. Kyle Meng, associate professor of economics at UC Santa Barbara, explores what happens when one of the world’s most unequal cities experiences an unprecedented, nearly c...

Human Connection and Autism Intervention

January 22, 2024 21:00 - 29 minutes - 348 MB Video

How can we improve the human connection for people with autism? In this program, Ty Verno, director of the UC Santa Barbara's Koegel Autism Center discusses novel methods for measuring, understanding, and altering the social developmental trajectories of individuals with autism and related conditions. Series: "GRIT Talks" [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 39439]

Cannibalism Warfare And Food Shortages In Renaissance Rome

January 19, 2024 21:00 - 27 minutes - 333 MB Video

In Rome in 1644, four butchers were accused of killing seven of their fellow Roman citizens, stripping the meat from their bones, and grinding it together with pork to make sausage, which was then sold from their shop behind the Pantheon. Although the butchers were quickly executed, their tale was not so easily forgotten. In pamphlets issued around the event, the story of the butchers turned into a morality tale about what to and not to eat. Using these pamphlets, along with trial documents, ...

The Shapes of Stories in Games and Comics

January 15, 2024 21:00 - 28 minutes - 286 MB Video

What are the shapes of stories? This is a longstanding question in narrative arts, from the plot arcs of novels and rhyme schemes of poems to the shot sequences of films. This program discusses two narrative media forms: interactive branching stories (as in games, gamebooks, and hypertext fiction) represented as networks, and graphic narratives (as in comics, manga and webtoons) with individual pages represented as grid compositions. Through description, encoding, and data visualization, we w...

Protest And Repression In The Shadow Of History

December 11, 2023 21:00 - 29 minutes - 286 MB Video

Based on co-authored research, this talk shows how historical framing--drawing parallels between past and present events or actors--can mobilize protesters and keep them politically engaged in the face of unpopular policies and violent repression. Nicaraguan and Chilean activists and citizens saw their presidents and security forces as repeating reviled dictatorships’ behavior, making clear the importance of protesting against them. Using a survey experiment, we also demonstrate that historic...

A Sense Of Direction In Insects

December 06, 2023 21:00 - 31 minutes - 374 MB Video

As sailors use constellations, wind direction, and current to determine their heading, so, too, do animals process diverse sensory information to set their course. Via this sensory processing, the animal’s brain develops a sense of direction, a prerequisite for navigating between points. To understand how the sense of direction is generated in the brain, we interrogate neurons in the brain of the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. With numerous tools that allow observing the neural network s...

Microscale Thermal-Fluids Engineering for Energy and Water Applications

November 21, 2023 21:00 - 26 minutes - 254 MB Video

Effective management of thermal-fluids transport has become a critical challenge in many energy, water, and electronic applications due to the increasing power density and shrinking length scales. In this talk, I will first describe our effort to manipulate multi-phase fluid motion using light-responsive surfactants. Upon illuminating droplets and bubbles with light, the surfactants at the fluid-fluid interfaces go through photo-isomerization, which changes the local interfacial tension and i...

From Brain to Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning and Back

November 20, 2023 21:00 - 28 minutes - 345 MB Video

Artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) have been extremely successful in predicting, optimizing, and controlling the behavior of complex interacting systems. Robustness and explainability of existing AI/ML methods, however, remain big challenges, and clearly new approaches are needed. In this program, Ambuj K. Singh, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the UC, Santa Barbara, explains that the human brain motivated the early development of the field of deep learning, a...

Grounding Ethics in Clinical Practice

November 10, 2023 21:00 - 1 hour - 973 MB Video

Dr. Stuart Finder, a renowned clinical ethicist, will discuss the meaning of ethics as it is encountered and understood in actual healthcare contexts. This lecture will explore what matters to patients, families, and healthcare professionals in real-world clinical settings. Using concrete examples, ranging from end-of-life choices to reproductive decisions, to simply coming up with appropriate care plans, Dr. Finder will show how clinical ethics is grounded in the real dynamics and complexiti...

Groundwater Depletion: the Haves and Have Nots

October 18, 2023 21:00 - 22 minutes - 273 MB Video

Groundwater is often referred to as an invisible resource, hidden beneath our feet. Groundwater wells—the infrastructure used to access groundwater—are small, distributed, and lost among landscapes. By contrast, our surface water infrastructure is large and visible—reservoirs that support water supply and recreation, dams, and . In this talk, Debra Perrone reveals the results of a five-year research project to record the location and construction details of millions of groundwater wells. The ...

Water Always Wins: Thriving in an Age of Drought and Deluge

October 15, 2023 21:00 - 1 hour - 847 MB Video

As new climate disasters remind us every day, our world is not stable—and it is changing in ways that expose the deep dysfunction of our relationship with water. Increasingly severe and frequent floods and droughts inevitably spur calls for higher levees, bigger drains, and longer aqueducts. But as we grapple with extreme weather, a hard truth is emerging: our development, including concrete infrastructure designed to control water, is actually exacerbating our problems. Because sooner or lat...

Big Tech TV and the Politics of Gender Race and Class in Silicon Valley

October 09, 2023 21:00 - 57 minutes - 688 MB Video

Professors France Winddance Twine (Sociology, UCSB) and Lisa Parks (Film and Media Studies, UCSB) join Marc Francis (Assistant Editor of Film Quarterly) in a conversation about power dynamics and inequality in the tech world of Silicon Valley, showing and discussing clips of the shows Super-Pumped and WeCrash. The topics they discuss expand upon their published article in Film Quarterly, addressing the exploitative working conditions for women and people of color inside this industry. Their c...

Big Screen: TÁR

October 05, 2023 21:00 - 44 minutes - 532 MB Video

Writer/director Todd Field joins moderator Tyler Morgenstern (Assistant Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center) in a post-screening discussion of TÁR. Field details the origins and development of the film, including the creation of protagonist Lydia Tár. He elaborates on the public persona she curates in the film and larger thematic questions of exploitation, cultural authority, and the geopolitics of abuse. They also discuss the involvement of non-profit organization Xapiri Ground and their work...

CWC TV: White House Plumbers

September 27, 2023 21:00 - 53 minutes - 641 MB Video

Director/executive producer David Mandel joins Patrice Petro (Dick Wolf Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center) for a post-screening discussion about the HBO miniseries White House Plumbers. In their discussion, Mandel details the origins of the show and distinguishes it from other noteworthy historical adaptations of the Watergate scandal, emphasizing its focus on overlooked figures and its balancing of political drama and tragedy. He also shares his experiences working with lead actors Justin T...

Challenging Hate: How to Stop Anti-AAPI Violence and Bias

September 18, 2023 21:00 - 1 hour - 804 MB Video

Sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities across the country have been subjected to increased hate incidents, including verbal harassment, civil rights violations, and physical assaults. Since its founding in March 2020, thousands of incidents have been reported to the Stop AAPI Hate coalition. Manjusha Kulkarni will discuss how Stop AAPI Hate is addressing anti-Asian hate through civil rights enforcement, education equity, community-based safety...

Big Screen: Gaslight

September 17, 2023 21:00 - 38 minutes - 459 MB Video

Shelley Stamp (Film & Digital Media, UC Santa Cruz) joins moderator Kelsey Moore (Film and Media Studies, UCSB) in a post-screening discussion on George Cukor’s classic 1944 film Gaslight, sharing thoughts on genre, the origin of gaslighting as a term, and the film’s historical legacy. Their conversation also dives into the complexities of gender and the historical contexts of the Second World War and Hollywood’s Golden Age. They discuss the relationships between Gothic melodrama and film noi...

Asian American Activism: Drawing on History Inspiring the Future

September 13, 2023 21:00 - 1 hour - 1020 MB Video

Asian/Pacific Islander American communities have a long history of activism in the United States, particularly in response to anti-Asian racism and exclusion. In their struggle for equality and liberation from oppression, AAPI activists have developed social and political movements for immigrant rights, labor rights, educational equity, affordable housing, religious freedom, environmental justice, and more. This panel features several AAPI activists who will discuss how they became activists,...

Black Hollywood: The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

September 12, 2023 21:00 - 37 minutes - 450 MB Video

Director Yoruba Richen joins moderator Mireille Miller-Young (Feminist Studies, UCSB) for a post-screening discussion of her film The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks. Richen elaborates on the overlooked but significant breadth and impact of Rosa Parks’ lifelong contributions to the Civil Rights movement in and beyond the Montgomery bus boycott, and positions her radical politics alongside Dr. King and Malcolm X. She also details the archival work and collaborative process that brought this...

The Last Brown Beret

September 07, 2023 21:00 - 32 minutes - 384 MB Video

Del Zamora (writer, director, and producer) joins moderator Ben Olguín (English, UCSB) in a post-screening discussion of The Last Brown Beret, an adaptation of a play by Alfredo Ramos that explores Chicanx activism and history in Los Angeles. Together, they discuss the impact of the civil rights movement that arose in the 1960s and the connections between the Brown Berets, the Black Panther Party, and the American Indian Movement, and its influence on the film. Zamora also details the develop...

CWC TV: Our Flag Means Death

September 03, 2023 21:00 - 47 minutes - 564 MB Video

Writer Eliza Jiménez Cossio joined moderator Chip Badley (English, UC Davis) for a post-screening discussion of the show Our Flag Means Death. Cossio shares her experiences as a writer and details various casting insights during the pre-production of the show, including their unique approach to adapting familiar characters and bringing in guest stars. She also elaborates on the influence of sitcoms and romantic comedy films in her writing, and how the diversity of their writers’ room helped s...

Big Screen: Encanto

August 30, 2023 21:00 - 36 minutes - 434 MB Video

Yvett Merino (Producer, Walt Disney Animation Studios) joins moderator Dolores Inés Casillas (Chicana and Chicano Studies, UCSB) in a post-screening discussion of Encanto, the acclaimed Disney animation film about a multigenerational family with magical powers in the mountains of Colombia. In their conversation, they discuss the importance of Latinx representation in mainstream media, reflecting on the film’s themes of intergenerational trauma and its power to spark important conversations am...

CWC Docs: Partners in Crime

August 24, 2023 21:00 - 47 minutes - 563 MB Video

Director Paromita Vohra joins moderator Bhaskar Sarkar (Film and Media Studies, UCSB) in a discussion of her film Partners in Crime, which dives into the world of copyright law, piracy, and the fluid nature of authorship. She dives into concepts like the cultural commons and the complicated nature of artistic value. She also details the social and economic contexts of the bazaar and the impacts of a rapidly changing economic landscape on art. They share perspectives on the diversity of people...

Big Screen: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane

August 20, 2023 21:00 - 46 minutes - 554 MB Video

Lucy Fischer (English and Film Studies, University of Pittsburgh) joins moderator Patrice Petro (Dick Wolf Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center) in a post-screening discussion of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, a psychological thriller about the rivalry between aging Hollywood sisters. In their conversation, they illuminate the similarities between the film’s themes and the much publicized behind-the-scenes drama between stars Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Fischer reflects on the film’s playf...

CWC Docs: A Thousand Cuts

August 17, 2023 21:00 - 34 minutes - 409 MB Video

Director Ramona S. Diaz joins moderator Miguel Penabella (Film and Media Studies, UCSB) for a post-screening discussion of her documentary A Thousand Cuts. She details her experiences closely following Nobel Peace Prize-winning journalist Maria Ressa and the Rappler team’s fight for press freedom in the Philippines, as well as observations from political rallies of those aligned with former President Rodrigo Duterte. The discussion also explored issues surrounding journalistic persecution, th...

Does Your House Have Lions

August 16, 2023 21:00 - 53 minutes - 643 MB Video

Artist Vishal Jugdeo and poet vqueeram join moderator Cathy Thomas (English, UCSB) to discuss their film Does Your House Have Lions, which features a queer household of activists and academics in New Delhi living under the shadow of increasing authoritarianism. They discuss the film’s exploration of different forms of queer intimacy and propose possibilities for resistance against state violence. They also reflect on communal ideas of freedom, ways of building spaces of joy, and incorporating...

Dance Music - The Multicultural Story Cumbia

August 06, 2023 21:00 - 39 minutes - 479 MB Video

Filmmakers Joyce García and Alvaro Parra join moderator Alexandra Lippman to discuss their two documentaries on cumbia sonidera, or Colombia-inspired dance music, in Mexico City and Los Angeles, "Yo No Soy Guapo" and “Sonidero Metropolis.” They explore the cultural significance of the sonidero in shaping regional music scenes and tastes, as well as the impacts of migration patterns, diasporic experiences, and technological and generational changes in transforming cumbia culture. They also sha...

Regeneration: Spotlight on Dorothy Dandridge

July 26, 2023 21:00 - 40 minutes - 481 MB Video

Doris Berger, co-curator of Regeneration: Black Cinema, 1898-1971 at the Academy Museum, joins moderator Peter Bloom to discuss the film Carmen Jones and the legacy of actress Dorothy Dandridge. Berger explains the backstory of how the Regeneration exhibition was originally conceived and developed, detailing her experiences digging through archival materials and discovering materials from films with all-Black casts in the 1920s and 30s. She also discusses her perspective on Carmen Jones and i...

Our River...Our Sky: Iraq 20 Years After the Invasion

July 24, 2023 21:00 - 33 minutes - 403 MB Video

Writer/director Maysoon Pachachi joins moderator Mona Damluji for a discussion of her film "Our River...Our Sky," which tells the story of ordinary people living in Baghdad under occupation. Pachachi details the origin of the project and the film’s early development, including casting considerations and lessons learned from her documentary work. She also discusses the political contexts of the film and how life in Iraq changed as a result of civil war and occupation, and how real-world storie...

Four Winters: Heroic WWII Story of Jewish Partisans

July 19, 2023 21:00 - 33 minutes - 398 MB Video

Director Julia Mintz and executive producer Eva Haller engage in a post-screening discussion of their film Four Winters, where they provide insights into the making of the documentary. Mintz details the process of collecting and editing footage of countless interview subjects to tell the heroic story of Jewish partisans during the Second World War, and Haller emphasizes the importance of sharing those stories for posterity. They recount personal stories of loved ones and their experiences dur...


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