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Documentary on Guatemalan Warcrimes Trials

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Pamela Yates on location in Guatemalan highlands, 1982

Tomorrow, director Pamela Yates will be on campus for a screening of her 2011 documentary Granito: How to Nail a Dictator.

Granito is a spiritual sequel to Yates’ 1983 documentary, When the Mountains Tremble, a rough, guerilla-style account of the bloody Guatemalan Civil War and the ensuing genocide of Mayan insurgents spearheaded by government officials. A Guatemalan court recently charged former dictator Efraín Rios Montt with genocide and crimes against humanity, with When the Mountains Tremble and its outtakes providing key evidence against him.  Granito details the thirty-year process of justice, and how a film was used to “nail a dictator”

Yates herself will present the film and lead a discussion about the past, present, and future of Central American politics and justice.

Monday October 22, 7pm @ Emerson

Hugo Chavez Documentary Screening

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Chavez and friend

Tomorrow, United Minds and Raices will be screening the No Volverán: The Venezuelan Revolution Now! This documentary examines the tenure of populist leader Hugo Chávez and the so-called “Bolivarian Revolution.”

Chávez has ruled Venezuela for over a decade. In that time, he has presided over a hilariously mismanaged economyrampant crime, and a crippling brain drain. Earlier this month, he secured a fourth term in a contested (and sketchy) election, and he has vowed to “deepen the Revolution” in the coming years.

A discussion will follow the screening, and a representative of Hands Off Venezuela! will be in attendance. I’ve watched part of the documentary, and though it’s fairly obvious Chávista propaganda, it’ll definitely foster a good, robust debate about Latin American politics, leftism, human rights, and the future of democracy in the region.

Wednesday October 18, 7pm @ Spa

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Bully @ Film Forum

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

This looks like the poster for Crank: High Voltage

All weekend, the Saratoga Film Forum will be screening Bully, a 2011 documentary about the bullying epidemic in America.

Bully follows five kids and their families over the course of a school year, including two families who have lost children to suicide, and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter who has been imprisoned after bringing a gun on her school bus. Bully provides an intimate and disturbing glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias, and principals’ offices, offering insight into the often cruel world of the lives of bullied children.

Each night, a discussion will follow the film, with panelists such as District Attorney James Murphy, Skidmore Sociology Professor Mark Brueggemann, activists, and local Saratoga schoolchildren offering their own insights on bullying.

So don’t be a nerd. Go see Bully or I’ll pound your fat face in, four-eyes.

Thursday October 11, 7:30pm
Friday October 12, 7:30pm
Sunday October 14, 7pm 
@ Saratoga Film Forum

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A Tribe Called Quest Documentary Showing

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Linden Boulevard represent represent

This Thursday, the Hip Hop Alliance will present a showing of Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest in Emerson Auditorium at 5pm.

Directed by the goofy white guy from The War at Home, Beats Rhymes & Life tells the story of groundbreaking Native Tongues hip hop group, A Tribe Called Quest and follows them on their most recent reunion tour. It’s a great documentary about a group that really helped shape hip hop (and I’d venture to say popular music) as we know it, full of fascinating interviews, neat old footage, and bright colors.

Also there’s a great scene where Busta Rhymes is talking about how “Lyrics to Go” makes him cry whenever he “hears that shit, b.”

Thursday, February 16 @ 5pm in Emerson

Miss Representation Screening

Monday, November 14th, 2011

rosie the cathode ray tube

The Speakers Bureau and the department of American Studies are co-hosting a screening of ‘Miss Representation’.  The film explores the role of media in shaping national consciousness, and especially the role of media in perpetuating gender stereotypes and inequalities. The film is chock full of interviews with famous females, including Condoleezza Rice, Rosario Dawson and Jane Fonda.

Here’s the extended trailer.

Tuesday, Gannet Auditorium @ 7:30

Dizzy Peoples ComFest Documentary

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

ComFest happened this week and although I did meet some Bates kids that claimed to be comedians I mostly missed it. Sucks to be me.

Anyway, the Dizzy Peoples crew made this hilarious documentary chronicling the festival’s history and offering a brief glimpse into its future that you should look at and laugh at.