“Art is between us”: Mania Akbari on capturing poetry, collaboration, and transformation on film [Audio]

At age 30, Iranian filmmaker Mania Akbari was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy. A Moon For My Father (2019), an essay film made in collaboration with her partner, the British sculptor Douglas White, positions Akbari’s illness within layers of personal and national history. Rich in texture and astonishingly intimate, Akbari’s film presents memory as a poetic,...

Yvonne Welbon on the “Hidden Figures” of Cinema History [Audio]

On October 16, 2019, to inaugurate a year of programming around the One Book One Northwestern 2019-2020 selection, Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women who Helped Launch Our Nation Into Space, Block Cinema welcomed Chicago-based filmmaker (and Northwestern Film Studies PhD) Yvonne Welbon to present her 2003 documentary Sisters in Cinema. In the film, Welbon...

Judith Arcana, Reproductive Rights Pioneer, in Conversation [Audio]

In the four years before the Roe v. Wade ruling made abortion legal in the United States, a clandestine organization of Chicago women offered low-cost, safe and confidential services to over 11,000 women—the Jane Collective. The film "Jane: An Abortion Service" offers an invaluable oral history, through the words of women who founded, operated, and consulted the service. The Block Museum of Art...

Block Museum explores Harun Farocki’s poetic and political films

Free cinema series showcases a retrospective on master German documentarian Over the course of his career, German documentary filmmaker and essayist Harun Farocki (1944-2014) created more than 100 bold, playful and cerebral films, videos and installations. His astute and brilliant observations of the contradictions of German society, politics, and economics, and how these national issues are...

Director Raoul Peck Screens Acclaimed Civil Rights Documentary at Block Cinema [Video]

Academy Award-nominated director Raoul Peck screened and discussed his documentary I Am Not Your Negro  at Block Cinema space Monday, October 16.  The screening presented in partnership with the MFA in Documentary Media Program, was part of the Fall 2017 series New Docs focusing on innovation in documentary media. The documentary, which showcases the work of American writer and social critic...