Loyola Political Film Series November-December 2017

Sundays,  2pm

Loyola University (downtown)

Corboy Law Center, room  301,  25 E. Pearson Street, Chicago

(one block north of Chicago & State Red line L stop)

 November 5                 October: Ten Days that Shook the World        Sergei Eisenstein     1928       104 min

Soviet silent historical film by Sergei Eisenstein It is a dramatic celebration of the 1917 October Revolution commissioned for the tenth anniversary of the event. The film covers the key events of the Russian revolution from February 1917 to October.  Beginning with the crumbling of the Russian monarchy, the production depicts the growing conflicts at Petrograd, with Lenin leading the revolution that results in taking over the Winter Palace. In addition to its historically rooted narrative, the film is renowned for its inventive use of striking montage imagery. https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2012/03/ber4-m10.html

November  12              Viva Cuba            Juan Carlos Cremata Malberto  2005   80 min

In a tale akin to Romeo and Juliet, the friendship between two children is threatened by their parents’ differences. Malu is from a middle-class family and her single mother does not want her to play with Jorgito, considering his background coarse and commonplace. Jorgito’s mother is a poor socialist that is proud of her family’s social standing. She places similar restriction on her son, who does not want him playing with the daughter anti-revolutionary family. What neither woman recognizes is the immense strength of the bond between Malu and Jorgito. When the children learn that Malu’s mother is planning to leave Cuba, they decide to run away and travel to the other side of the island to find Malu’s father. The story of their escape across the island is a very touching one. The film became a box office hit and went on to win many awards nationally and internationally, displayed at many film festivals around the world, including 2005 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Grand Prix Ecrans Juniors Award, plus awards in countries as diverse as Australia, Italy, Guatemala, Germany, France, and Taiwan. In 2008, it was shown all over Venezuela.

November 19                 Ballad of a Soldier                1959           98min

This Soviet film portrays the difficulties and heroism of the Soviet peoples in their struggle against fascism in World War II. While set during World War IIBallad of a Soldier is not primarily a war film. It recounts, within the context of the turmoil of war, various kinds of love: the romantic love of a young couple, the committed love of a married couple, and a mother’s love of her child, as a Red Army soldier tries to make it home during a leave, meeting several civilians on his way and falling in love. Won award at San Francisco International Film Festival 1960, and nominated for Academy Awards in 1962

November 26                   Elian                                            2017               107 min

Elian tells the true story of the Thanksgiving Day rescue of a Cuban boy in 1999 in the waters off Miami and the contentious Cuba-US Cuban family battle that followed, a fight that the world followed for months. Elian Gonzalez, now 23, tells his own story here in-depth, detailing his pride in Cuba and his hopes for reconciliation. Since this is a CNN film, while it is mostly accurate, it omits some key info, such as his Miami relatives never had any prior contact with Elian’s family,  that Elian’s father was offered $2 million to stay in the US, and that the US government stalled as long as possible before returning Elian.

December 3            The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the US                                          2016          85 min

Israel’s ongoing military occupation of Palestine and its repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world — except the United States. This film looks at this critical exception, zeroing in on pro-Israel public relations efforts within the U.S. shape American media coverage of the conflict in Israel’s favor. It shows Israel’s decades-long battle for the hearts, minds, and tax dollars of the American people — a battle that has only intensified over the past few years in the face of widening international condemnation of Israel’s increasingly right-wing policies.

December 10         North Korea:  The Propaganda Game           2015        93 min

Filmmaker Álvaro Longoria tours DPRK (North Korea) to contrast his findings to the typical Western depiction of the nation. Free to go anywhere and interview anyone, though with an official escort, Longoria encounters the same rhetoric – that the people are content with their system, indebted to Kim Jong-un and firm believers in Juche. Longoria also examines the West’s depiction of the DPRK and how the outlandish reports and horrific atrocities of Kim’s regime are all too easily circulated and believed.

December 17                      Bobby Sands:  66 Days             2016        105 min

In the spring of 1981 Irish Republican hero Bobby Sands’ 66-day hunger strike brought the attention of the world to his cause. Sands’ non-violent protest to be classified as a political prisoner became a defining moment in 20th century Irish history. Sands’ and the other huner strikers’ deaths  brought a global spotlight to British colonial rule over Northern Irish, and triggered international efforts to resolve it. 66 Days is a major feature length documentary exploring Sands’ remarkable life and death. The spine of the film is comprised of Sands’ own words, drawn from his hunger strike diary, a unique insight into the man and his beliefs as he embarked on his final fight for freedom.

Sponsors: Loyola University Department of Sociology, Chicago ALBA Solidarity,   stansfieldsmith100@gmail.com,  Stan Smith 773-322-3168




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