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Kirk Larsen – How to Make Sense of North Korea: An Introduction to the film Assassins

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North Korea has continually baffled Americans for the duration of its existence. To help form a clearer understanding of the so-called “hermit kingdom,” Dr. Kirk Larsen gives a succinct overview of some of the myths we hear and offers a more complete picture of North Korea. After addressing these myths, viewers of Assassins (2020) can better form their own opinions based on the film’s evidence.

Week 8: Migration & Violence

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Professor Brian Price speaks with IC co-director Doug Weatherford about the recent Mexican film Identifying Features (2020), winner of the Audience Award (World Dramatic) at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

Week 7: Women’s Voices Part 2

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Professors Heather Belnap, Julie Lefgren and Rebecca DeSchweinitz focus their remarks on Antigone (Sophie Deraspe, 2019), Leftover Women (Hilla Medalia & Shosh Shlam, 2019) and All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950).


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Week 7: Women’s Voices Part 1

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In part one of this week’s podcast about Women’s Voices Aline Longstaff, Kif Augustine Adams, and Jacob Hickman discuss Yalda a Night for Forgiveness (Massoud Bakhshi, 2019), Identifying Features (Fernanda Valadez, 2020), and The Vertical Ray of the Sun (Tran Anh Hung, 2000)


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Week 5: Yellow Earth

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This week’s discussion centers on Yellow Earth (Chen Kaige, 1984). Professor in the ANEL department and former IC co-director Steve Riep talks about Yellow Earth in the context of the post Chinese Revolution. This podcast explores the changes that a new generation of Chinese filmmakers brought to the cinema of the 80s, the role of music and the lyrics used in the film, the status of peasants and women in Northern China, and the role of Communism in 1939 Chinese society.

Week 5: YIB

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IC co-director Doug Weatherford speaks with Ozan Mermer, director of Yib (2019), a documentary in Spanish and Chuj-Maya that follows a bi-national youth choir whose members belong to a community artificially divided by the Mexico-Guatemala border. The film’s title alludes to the idea of “roots”, and, in this podcast, the German-born director with a multi-national background discusses his personal connection to the story and his decision to attend film school in Mexico.

Daryl Lee – The Battle of Algiers: Art and Politics in Third World Cinema

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Dr. Daryl Lee outlines the history of French colonization and the aesthetics of orientalism that built to the war of independence recreated in The Battle of Algiers. This innovative film used a documentary style to depict recent events, even casting actual participants as themselves, and presents a visceral engagement with the goals and methods of both parties.