This week Co-director Doug Weatherford and Cory Leonard, the Associate Director of the BYU Kennedy Center and an expert in the fields of diplomacy and international affairs. discuss the themes in one of this weeks films Quo Vadis, Aida?
Former IC co-director Chip Oscarson (Interdisciplinary Humanities) guest hosts a conversation with Prof. George Handley (Interdisciplinary Humanities) talking about Minari (Chung 2020), stories of displacement, the American dream, and what it means to belong to a place.
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.
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.
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.
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.