Politics Film Series

Every year, for the past decade, we choose a theme and we explore that theme through cinema. A film can mirror political issues, but political issues are also shaped by film (and pop culture). Moreover, thinking with cinema can also loosen this relationship and encourage us to use our political imagination. Watching film with others multiplies our political subjectivities.

The series runs every Friday in BAC 138 – this year’s theme is the “Question of the Animal.” Interrogating Aristotle, we ask “Are We Political Animals?” How does the animal figure in the constitution of human being? What would it mean to talk about the animal in and for itself? Since we are not just political animals but also Animals, what are films that figure animal thinking? Join us for a delightful romp through the ages and a study of our political being.

 

Tentative Schedule 2018-2019 (some films still to be dropped)

Films show every Friday starting Sept. 14, BAC 138, 7 pm.  All welcome!

Fall Term:
  1. Sept. 14 - King Kong 1933 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0024216/?ref_=nv_sr_3
  2. Sept. 21 - Bambi 1942 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0034492/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
  3. Sept. 28 - Animal Farm 1954 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047834/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  4. Oct. 5 - Old Yeller 1957 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050798/?ref_=nv_sr_3
  5. Oct. 12 - The Birds 1963 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056869/?ref_=nv_sr_3
  6. Oct. 19 - Born Free 1966 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070972/?ref_=nv_sr_2
  7. Oct. 26 - Black Beauty 1971 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066834/?ref_=nv_sr_2
  8. Nov. 2 - Jaws 1975 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073195/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  9. Nov. 9 - Watership Down 1978 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078480/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
  10. Nov. 16 - Black Stallion 1979 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078872/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  11. Nov. 23 - Never Cry Wolf 1984 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086005/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  12. Nov. 30 - Gorillas in the Mist 1988 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095243/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  13. Dec. 7 - The Bear 1988 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095800/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

 

Spring Term:
  1. Free Willy 1993 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106965/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
  2. Jurassic Park -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107290/?ref_=nv_sr_2
  3. The Lion King 1994 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110357/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  4. Babe 1995 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112431/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  5. Princess Mononoke 1997 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119698/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  6. Best in Show 2000 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0218839/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  7. Whale Rider 2002 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0298228/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  8. March of the Penguins 2005 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0428803/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
  9. Wendy Lucy 2008 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1152850/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  10. War Horse 2011 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1568911/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  11. Rise OT Planet OT Apes 2011 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1318514/?ref_=fn_al_tt_6
  12. White God 2014 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2844798/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
  13. Okja 2017 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3967856/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  14. Shape of Water -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5580390/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  15. Isle of dogs 2018 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5104604/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  16. Sorry to Bother you 2018 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5688932/?ref_=nv_sr_1