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  - Black Stallion 1979 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078872/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  9. Nov. 9 - Jaws 1975 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073195/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  10. Nov. 23 - Watership Down 1978 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078480/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
  11. Nov. 30 - Never Cry Wolf 1984 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086005/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  12. Dec. 7 - Gorillas in the Mist 1988 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095243/?ref_=nv_sr_1

 

Spring Term:
  1. January 11 - Free Willy 1993 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106965/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
  2. January 18 - The Lion King 1994 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110357/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  3. January 25 - Princess Mononoke 1997 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119698/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  4. February 1 - Best in Show 2000 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0218839/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  5. February 8 - Amores Perros 2000 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0245712/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  6. February 15 - March of the Penguins 2005 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0428803/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
  7. February 22 - Reading week, no film
  8. March 1  - Wendy Lucy 2008 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1152850/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  9. March 8 - War Horse 2011 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1568911/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  10. March 15 - The Turin Horse 2011 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1316540/ 
  11. March 22 - White God 2014 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2844798/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
  12. March 29 - War OT Planet OT Apes 2017 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3450958/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  13. April 5 - Okja 2017 -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3967856/?ref_=nv_sr_1