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Week 13: Death by a Thousand Cuts

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Former IC director Chip Oscarson guest hosts an episode featuring a discussion with Prof. George Handley about the 2016 documentary Death by a Thousand Cuts. The documentary considers the complex relationship between Haiti and the Dominican Republic along their shared border. The situation on the border discussed by Handley and Oscarson points to the ways that environmental issues are often caught up in a web of historical, racial, social, colonial, and economic forces.

Steven Riep – Depictions of Autism in The Reason I Jump

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Dr. Riep, who studies representations of disability in literature and visual arts, discusses common misconceptions about people with autism and how many of those erroneous ideas are turned into on-screen stereotypes. He then, with praise, points to how The Reason I Jump (2020) fights against those stereotypes and tries to provide audiences with an experiential, empathy-building opportunity.

Week 12: The Reason I Jump

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This week IC co-director Marc Yamada is joined by two very qualified guests, Natalie Nielson-Riep (professor, advocate for autism, and mother of an autistic son) and Mikle South (Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience) to discuss the film The Reason I Jump which is based on the book by Naoki Higashida, an autistic boy from Japan. This innovative documentary utilizes immersive sound design, cinematography, and editing to bring the viewer directly into the minds of non-speaking autistic people around the world, transforming the way we think about the condition.

Week 11: The Year My Parents Went on Vacation

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Professor Anna-Lisa Halling of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese speaks with IC co-director Doug Weatherford about The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (Brazil, 2006, dir. Cao Hamburger). The pair consider the historical, geographical, and cultural context of the film and suggest, in particular, that the film celebrates a young protagonist’s coming-of-age in a moment in which Brazil suffers under a military dictatorship while celebrating the nation’s victory at the 1970 World Cup.

Week 9: Poets & Poetry

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This week, we discuss Bicycle Thieves (Vitorio De Sica, 1949) with Professor Dan Paul from the BYU French and Italian department. In this podcast professor Paul talks about Italian Neorealism, the cultural and historical backgrounds of the era, the meaning of the bike in the film, how the masculinity of the main character is portrayed, how society fails the individual.

Douglas J. Weatherford – The Poetry of César Vallejo in Roy Andersson’s Songs from the Second Floor

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IC co-director Douglas J. Weatherford examines the presence of Peruvian poet César Vallejo in Roy Andersson’s critically acclaimed film, Songs from the Second Floor (2000, Sweden). Weatherford suggests that Vallejo’s anguished poetry can be felt throughout this experimental film and that both filmmaker and poet create an “Hagiography of the Ordinary,” or a celebration of everyday people overwhelmed by the absurd nature of everyday life.