benshiFeatured Event

  1. Sat. 2/23, 7pm, Nat. Sci Aud, FREE!
  2. A silent film screening with a professional Benshi Performance.


This Week’s Events

Tues. 2/19

  1. 7pm, N. Quad, Rm. 2435, FREE!
  2. Bolivia La Paz’s Zona Sur neighborhood is Bolivia’s most exclusive enclave and has housed the country’s affluent elite for generations. Here, in an adobe-tile-roofed castle, a statuesque matriarch reigns over her spoiled offspring and indigenous servants. Social change, however unwelcome, is on its way. As the mother squabbles with her self-indulgent, oversexed teenage son and clashes with her petulant daughter, her 6-year-old boy wanders the rooftops unsupervised. The scent of impending decline permeates the air, and the threat of aristocratic privileges quickly changing hands heralds a new era in a seemingly interminable class war. Bolivia’s official entry for the Academy® Awards foreign-language film race, this searing portrait of a patrician family in flux eloquently chronicles their final days during a time of intense social change and cogently exposes the bubble of decadence in which they exist.
  1. 7pm, UMMA, FREE!
  2. Behind the charming, easy-going artist we discover a man who remains mysterious even to his dearest friends. The film circles around Anatsui, drawing ever closer to a deep understanding of the man and his surprising bottle top hangings. We see the celebrated artist installing work on the great world stage of the Venice Biennale; we follow him back to the small town of Nsukka as he goes about his daily life, then watch him inside the hive of his studio directing assistants as they stitch together bottle tops into a vast metal hanging. Finally, Anatsui admits us to the privacy of his home where he tells us about his formative years, and reveals a youthful discovery that clouded his life.

Sat. 2/23

  • Dance on CameraDance on Camera
  1. 6pm, UMMA, FREE!
  2. Coming to Ann Arbor directly from Dance Films Association’s 41st Dance On Camera Festival in New York City, this screening celebrates the immediacy, energy, and mystery of dance combined with the intimacy of film. DFA’s Festival is the oldest dance film festival in the world that sparked a global explosion of activity.
  1. 7-8:30pm, Angell Hall, Aud A, FREE!
  2. AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.
  1. 7pm, Nat. Sci Aud, FREE!
  2. A silent film screening with a professional Benshi Performance.

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