Film and Art: Foragers

Date: October 13, 2022
Time: 7:30pm - 9:00pm


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Upcoming other ones in the series

Film and Art: Foragers

Thursday, October 13th, 2022

7:30 PM–9:00 PM

In Foragers (2022, 65 minutes), Jumana Manna blends documentary and fiction to profile the age-old Palestinian practice of gathering wild edibles such as za’atar (thyme) and the delicacy ’akkoub. Israeli nature conservation laws have criminalized this indigenous tradition. The film presents a meditative portrait of the resistance, joy, and deep ecological knowledge held by today’s foragers. Manna’s approach mirrors the gentleness of her subjects and the work of other documentarians like Agnès Varda (see related November 10 event). A post-film discussion with Williams College Arabic Studies and Comparative Literature Professor Amal Eqeiq and master’s students Max Gruber (’22) and Meghan Clare Considine (’22) follows.
Free. Commissioned in part by the Pacific Film Archive.



Film and Art: Zurbaran and His Twelve Sons

Thursday, October 27th, 2022

6:00 PM–7:30 PM

This documentary (2020, 72 minutes) explores the meaning of Jacob and His Twelve Sons, a series of thirteen canvases painted by Francisco de Zurbarán in Seville around 1640. Traveling with them to the Meadows Museum, The Frick, and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, we learn how the canvases, probably commissioned for a cathedral in the Americas, disappeared for a century until they were acquired at auction by the London merchant James Mendez. A few years later, in 1756, a significant gesture in support of English Jews was made by Bishop Richard Trevor of Durham, who obtained the paintings and hung them in his dining room at Auckland Castle, where they have returned and remained.
Free. Screenwriter John Healey introduces the documentary.



Film and Art: Murs Murs

Thursday, November 10th, 2022

7:30 PM–9:00 PM

After returning to Los Angeles from France in 1979, Agnès Varda created this kaleidoscopic documentary about the striking murals that decorate the city. Bursting with color and vitality, Mur Murs (1982, 82 minutes) is as much an invigorating study of community and diversity as it is an essential catalog of unusual public art.
Image: Mur Murs, Agnès Varda, 1981.


Film and Art: F For Fake

Thursday, November 17th, 2022

7:30 PM–9:00 PM

Trickery. Deceit. Magic. In F for Fake (1975, 88 minutes), a free-form sort-of documentary by Orson Welles, the legendary filmmaker (and self-described charlatan) gleefully reengages with the central preoccupation of his career: the tenuous lines between illusion and truth, art and lies. Beginning with portraits of the world-renowned art forger Elmyr de Hory and his equally devious biographer, Clifford Irving, Welles exposes and revels in fakery and fakers of all stripes—not the least of whom is Welles himself. F for Fake is an inspired prank and a clever examination of the place of duplicity in cinema and art.


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