Film-Thinking

Film-Thinking asks how cinema can help us to think the many challenges facing our moment. According to the novelist Jonathan Coe, “A movie is something we should only see when somebody else shows it to us.” In the spirit of Coe’s remark, each Film-Thinking event comprises a curated screening of a film and a post-screening conversation. A pre-circulated Film Note offers a point of departure for the screening and the discussion. The aim of Film-Thinking is to enlarge our sense of the politics of cinema and collectively expand our understanding of film’s capacity for thought. The series is convened by Timothy Bewes, Professor of English. 

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Previous Events

  • Feb
    24
    6:00pm - 8:30pm

    Film-Thinking • Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi, “Zinda Bhaag”

    Acoustic Java Cafe and Microcinema, 204 South Main St., Providence, RI 02903

    February 24, 2020

    This Film-Thinking event featured Zinda Bhaag (Run for your Life, 115 minutes. in Punjabi with English subtitles), a 2013 Pakistani drama film co-directed by Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi. The film focuses on the issue of illegal migration. A screening was followed by a conversation with Ulka Anjari, Professor of English and South Asian Studies at Brandeis University, and Brown University faculty Karan Mahajan, Assistant Professor of Literary Arts, and Vazira Zamindar, Associate Professor of History.

    Film-Thinking is a series of conversations hosted by the Cogut Institute for the Humanities during 2019-2020, which asks how cinema can help us to think the many challenges facing our moment. According to the novelist Jonathan Coe, “A movie is something we should only see when somebody else shows it to us.” In the spirit of Coe’s remark, each Film-Thinking event will comprise a curated screening of a film and a post-screening conversation. A pre-circulated Film Note offers a point of departure for the screening and the discussion. The aim of Film-Thinking is to enlarge our sense of the politics of cinema and collectively expand our understanding of film’s capacity for thought. Screenings begin at 6:00 pm.

    Free and open to the public. 

    Film-Thinking, Humanities
  • Dec
    9
    6:00pm - 8:30pm

    Film-Thinking • Jafar Panahi, “The Mirror” (Ayneh)

    Acoustic Java Cafe and Microcinema, 204 South Main, Providence, RI 02903

    December 9, 2019

    This second Film-Thinking event featured The Mirror (Aynet), a 1997 Iranian film directed by Jafar Panahi.  The post-screening conversation included Brown University faculty Shahzad Bashir, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies, Timothy Bewes, Interim Director of the Cogut Institute for the Humanities, and Samine Tabatabaei, Visiting Assistant Professor in Iranian Studies.

    The Mirror
    Iran, 1997 (95 mins)
    Written and directed by Jafar Panahi
    Cast: Mina Mohammad-Khani, Kazem Mojdehi, Naser Omuni, M. Shirzad, T. Samadpour | Production: Jafar Panahi and Vahid Nikkhah-Azzad | Cinematography: Farzad Jadat | Editing: Jafar Panahi | Assistant Director: Hassan Yektapanah | Sound: Mohammad Reza Delpak and Yadollah Najafi
    Language: Persian with English subtitles

    When a young girl becomes lost in the hustle and bustle of Tehran, her journey turns into a dazzling exercise on the nature of film itself. In this ingenious and daringly original feature, world renowned director Jafar Panahi (The White Balloon, Crimson Gold) has wrapped a blunt political critique inside the layers of a deceptively simple film. — [from video jacket]

    Film-Thinking is a series of conversations hosted by the Cogut Institute for the Humanities during 2019-2020, which asks how cinema can help us to think the many challenges facing our moment. According to the novelist Jonathan Coe, “A movie is something we should only see when somebody else shows it to us.” In the spirit of Coe’s remark, each Film-Thinking event will comprise a curated screening of a film and a post-screening conversation. A pre-circulated Film Note offers a point of departure for the screening and the discussion. The aim of Film-Thinking is to enlarge our sense of the politics of cinema and collectively expand our understanding of film’s capacity for thought. Screenings begin at 6:00 pm.

    Free and open to the public. 

    Film-Thinking, Humanities
  • Oct
    28
    6:00pm - 9:00pm

    Film-Thinking • Werner Schroeter, “The Death of Maria Malibran”

    Acoustic Java Cafe and Microcinema, 204 South Main, Providence, RI 02903

    October 28, 2019

    This first Film-Thinking event featured The Death of Maria Malibran (104 minutes, in German with English subtitles), directed by Werner Schroeter (Germany, 1972), a series of tableaux from the life of the 19th-century opera diva who died at age 28. A post-screening conversation begins promptly at 7:50 pm with philosophy and film scholars Alexander García Düttmann, Gertrud Koch, and Peter Szendy. See the film note.

    Film-Thinking is a series of conversations hosted by the Cogut Institute for the Humanities during 2019-2020, which asks how cinema can help us to think the many challenges facing our moment. According to the novelist Jonathan Coe, “A movie is something we should only see when somebody else shows it to us.” In the spirit of Coe’s remark, each Film-Thinking event will comprise a curated screening of a film (lasting no longer than 105 minutes) and a post-screening conversation. A pre-circulated Film Note offers a point of departure for the screening and the discussion. The aim of Film-Thinking is to enlarge our sense of the politics of cinema and collectively expand our understanding of film’s capacity for thought. Screenings begin at 6:00 pm.

    Alexander García Düttmann is Professor of Philosophy and the Theory of Art at the University of the Arts in Berlin, Germany. Gertrud Koch is Visiting Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University and Professor of Film Studies at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany. Peter Szendy is the David Herlihy Professor of Humanities and Comparative Literature.

    Free and open to the public. 

    Film-Thinking, Humanities