Film Screening

Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense

Thursday / April 1, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A screening of the documentary film Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense, to be followed by a panel Q&A with special guests Anat Cohen '98, Greg Osby, codirector/cinematographer Lars Larson, and associate producer/production manager B. Dahlia from Paradigm Studios in Seattle.

Admission: 
Free

Advance Screening: <em>I Finally Did It!</em>

Wednesday / February 3, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Director/composer Apostolos Paraskevas, associate professor of composition, hosts an advance screening of his movie I Finally Did It!, codirected by Mat Tucciarone.

SYNOPSIS: Death has a life. He lives in an apartment downtown, he has friends, he wakes up late, he enjoys a cup of coffee. Death is also disgruntled. They don't pay him enough. He wants to retire. He is sick and tired of dealing with people who greet him with expressions such as "Please, no!" "Just one more day," and "Take the guy next door."

Returning home one day from his second job, he finds an assignment from "the Boss" in his mailbox: a picture of someone he has failed to find for 50 years now. "Find him this time!" the note orders. Death hires a private eye. And thus starts the search. . .  for Gerald.

This musical comedy brings up the sensitive issue of mortality from a different point of view, featuring original music by Apostolos Paraskevas as the only medium that brings our character in harmony with his environment.

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<em>Playing for Change</em> Film Screening

Thursday / September 24, 2009 / 6:00 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

Playing for Change was inspired by a common belief that music can break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. Following filmmaker Mark Johnson, viewers travel around the world as musicians from every corner create music together from their separate locations. The viral impact of Playing for Change has already had a global impact, with the filmmaker and musicians appearing on the Colbert Report and PBS, and reaching millions of viewers on YouTube.

Followed by a Q&A and discussion about music and social change with faculty and community members.

Presented by the Office for Cultural Diversity.

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Mirrors of Privilege

Thursday / March 5, 2009 / 12:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Making Whiteness Visible is a documentary that seeks to expose and understand the perspectives that perpetuate white privilege and racism in modern society. The film features the experiences of white women and men who have worked to gain insight on challenging racism in the United States.

Admission: 
Free

Film Screening: </i>V-Day: Until the Violence Stops</i>

Friday / February 26, 2010 / 3:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A stunning documentary about V-Day's global movement to end violence against women and girls. The screening of this documentary is presented by MASsiVe (Musicians Against Sexual Violence) as one of a series of events aimed at raising awareness of issues relating to sexual violence around the world. It is presented with the support of the Office for Cultural Diversity and the Stan Getz Library.

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Culture Matters Film Series: Democracy in Dakar

Thursday / December 3, 2009 / 5:00 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

Democracy in Dakar is a groundbreaking documentary film about hip-hop, youth, and politics in Dakar, Senegal. The film follows rappers, DJs, journalists, professors, and people on the streets in the time before, during, and after the controversial 2007 presidential election in Senegal, looking at hip-hop's role in the political process.

The documentary bridges the gap between hip-hop activism, video journalism, and documentary film, shining a light on the role of youth and musical activism in African politics.

The film screening will follow a live acoustic performance by featured artists from the film.

Admission: 
Free

Culture Matters Film Series: New Muslim Cool

Thursday / November 19, 2009 / 5:00 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

When the FBI raids his mosque, Puerto-Rican American Muslim hip-hop star Hamza Perez must confront the realities of the post 9/11 world, and challenge himself. He starts reaching for a deeper understanding of his faith, discovering new connections with people from all across the American spectrum. New Muslim Cool takes viewers on Hamza's ride through the streets, projects, and jail cells of urban America, following his spiritual journey to some surprising places—where we can all see ourselves reflected in a world that never stops changing.

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Culture Matters Film Series: <i>Traces of the Trade</i>

Monday / November 17, 2008 / 3:30 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

In Traces of the Trade, Katrina Browne tells the story of her forefathers, the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. The film follows Browne and nine fellow family members on a remarkable journey that brings them face-to-face with the history and legacy of New England's hidden enterprise. Members of the family will be present to answer questions following the film. Afternoon tea and snacks will be provided. Presented by the Office for Cultural Diversity.

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<i>Body of War</i>

Wednesday / October 22, 2008 / 6:30 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

Body of War is an intimate and transformational feature documentary about the true face of war today. Meet Thomas Young, 25 years old, paralyzed from a bullet to his spine—wounded after serving in Iraq for less than a week. Members of Iraq Veterans Against the War will be present to facilitate discussion and answer questions.

Presented by the Office for Cultural Diversity. Refreshments will be served.

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