Monday, February 29, 6:15 PM
Visual Arts Presentation Lab, SME 149

The Chantal Akerman NOW Film Series will conclude its Winter quarter program with two films that reflect Akerman's engagement with the political concerns of contemporary life. As Babette Mangolte has written in her Artforum obituary on Akerman, "Even though her imagination and creative process were driven by observation and reflection, she would also spring quickly into action, especially if she felt outraged by something happening in the world. This was a key element in her desire to make the film Sud (South, 1999), about a modern lynching with a pickup truck. Akerman had read about James Byrd Jr.’s death in Jasper, Texas, and rushed to visit the family for the one-year memorial announced in the newspaper. She was motivated to address and fight racial prejudice…. In Là-bas (Down There, 2006), she reflected on Tel Aviv as a city under siege." The film series will continue in Spring quarter with films which informed Akerman's thinking on cinema as well as her work with the French actress Delphine Seyrig (1932-1990).