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Europe Week | Short Films and Snacks: Social Justice in the EU
April 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This mini festival will feature several short films focusing on social justice and cultural diversity within the EU, from various member states’ perspectives. The discussion will be lead by Kate Good, PhD candidate in Spanish; Priscilla Layne, Assistant Professor of German; and April Weintritt, PhD Candidate in Italian.
Angst isst Seele auf
Discussant: Priscilla Layne
2002, 13 minutes, Shahbaz Noshir
In Angst isst Seele auf (Fear Eats the Soul) Iranian-German director Shahbaz Noshir pays homage to famed New German Cinema director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, whose film Angst essen Seele auf” (Fear Eat Soul) (1974) was one of the first German films to take a humanizing approach to the portrayal of guest workers. In Fassbinder’s film, a Morroccan guest worker named Ali and an elderly German widow and cleaning woman named Emmi fall in love, starting an affair that neither her family and co-workers nor his friends can understand. In Noshir’s short, the camera adopts the perspective of a Black German man who is playing the role of Ali in a stage production of the film. On his way to a performance, he is attacked by neo-Nazis and finds little understanding from the police.
Discussant: Kate Good
2015, 14 minutes, Clara Roquet
A Bolivian maid attempts to honor her late mistress’s last wishes.
Clara Roquet is a writer and director from Spain, and a current student of the Film MFA at Columbia University. She is the co-writer of the feature film 10.000KM (2014) recently released in the USA after a successful run at major international festivals and was recently short-listed as one of the three candidates to represent Spain in the Oscars. El Adiós is her directorial debut.
Discussant: April Weintritt
2017, 13 minutes, Jean Paul Barreaud and Alessio Algeri
This short film directed by Jean Paul Barreaud and Alessio Algeri (2017) within the Journeys project tells the stories of “migrants” that for various reasons have decided to attempt the trip. The short documentary highlights three levels of experience: the everyday-media story in which we see TV news accounts; a “real” level, that is the perspective of people who work in the sector; and the personal level, described through the experience of 4 young people who live in Palermo. Journeys—Migration stories was viewed in conjunction with the Journeys Festival International during its 2017 stop in Palermo. For more information, visit the Journeys website.
This event is part of Europe Week 2018! View the full schedule here.
This event is co-sponsored by the UNC Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the UNC Department of Romance Studies.
This event was part of Europe Week 2018, supported by a Getting to Know Europe grant from the Delegation of the European Union to the United States.