Politics and Propaganda

Politics and Propaganda

Claudia Tosi
Italy/France
2018
84 minutes
Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 8:30pm
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 2:00pm

With the rise of populism, extremism, racism, and indifference, democracy is in crisis and nobody seems able to find a cure. Director Claudia Tosi explores how this crisis unfolds in Italy through the battles of two remarkable women, Manuela Ghizzoni and Daniela DePietri, both members of the country’s Democratic Party.

Mosco Levi Boucault
France
2008
52 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 12:00pm

In 1987, the sudden death of the head of Italy’s largest publishing house triggered a battle of succession between two of the country’s most aggressive businessmen: Silvio Berlusconi and Carlo De Benedetti. Four years later, Berlusconi is charged with corruption.

Phuong Thao Tran and Swann Dubus
Vietnam
2018
75 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 9:15pm
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 2:30pm

The historic neighborhood of Pomelo in Hanoi, a vibrant maze of homes and businesses teeming with life, is being demolished for a highway project.

Mosco Levi Boucault
France
2019
145 minutes
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 8:00pm
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 4:00pm

Corleone delivers a Shakespearean storyline about the rise and fall of Teodoro Totò Riina, the real-life godfather who was born into the same village as Vito Corleone played by Marlon Brando in Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece, The Godfather

Jewel Maranan
Philippines
2017
120 minutes
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 6:00pm

Filmmaker Jewel Maranan follows the plight of four families living in the impoverished Manilan district of Tondo as the government forces their resettlement, casting a critical look at the everyday violence that precedes the construction of a globalized city.

Martina Melilli
Italy
2018
66 minutes
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 9:30pm
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 2:30pm

Martina is a visual artist living in Italy. Mahmoud is a nuclear engineering student living in Libya. An unlikely friendship develops between the two when Martina becomes interested in documenting her grandparents’ history in Tripoli, where they lived before fleeing the country as a result of Muammar Gaddafi’s 1970 coup d’état.

Phyllis Ellis
Canada
2019
90 minutes
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 12:00pm
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 6:00pm

Meet Mymy, a young medical student who measures her body’s chemical burden from over 27 different cosmetic products. With exclusive access to scientists, lawyers, and whistle-blowers, Toxic Beauty critically examines the global cosmetic industry.

Christina Tynkevych
Ukraine
2019
85 minutes
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 6:30pm

This potent study of a group of millennials provides a unique view of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Rehad Desai
South Africa
2018
85 minutes
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 6:00pm

An unflinching look at the #FeesMustFall student movement that stormed onto the South African political landscape in 2015 as a protest over the cost of education.

Ian Soroka
US/Slovenia/Croatia
2018
99 minutes
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 8:30pm

In his debut feature, director Ian Soroka creates an evocative portrait of the southern Slovenian landscape that facilitated what is considered to be Europe’s most effective resistance movement during World War II.

Larry Weinstein
Canada
2019
92 minutes
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 8:30pm
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 12:00pm

Propaganda has been harnessed as a powerful weapon to shape worldviews through compelling images and narratives. In an era of fake news and alternative facts, director Larry Weinstein asks the question: How do we know what we know?

Giovanni Donfrancesco
Italy/France
2017
159 minutes
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 8:00pm

Giovanni Donfrancesco’s extensive portrait of Piero Bonamico gives flesh to one of the darkest hours of Italian history. This perpetrator’s narrative of rising tension, violence and remorse is a journey down the winding road of memory that speaks eerily to the present day.

Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang
China/US
2019
85 minutes
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 4:00pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 12:00pm

Weaving her personal experience with archival propaganda and testimonies, Nanfu Wang reveals the human rights violations and trauma caused by the Chinese government’s one-child policy.