Category Archives: In the Spotlight
Distinguished Lecturer, Chantal Akerman’s “poetic diaspora tale” NEWS FROM HOME screened in October 2013 at the Museum of Modern Art (introduced by the filmmaker).
Described by Melissa Anderson as “one of the most unheralded portraits of the city,” NEWS FROM HOME is as much a symphony of urban geometric abstraction as it is a poetic diaspora tale. Inspired by the letters she received from her mother while living in New York, Akerman returned to the city after an absence and filmed its streets with her Pentax camera. “Although Akerman’s New York is largely a city of non-sites—empty Tribeca alleys, dingy Midtown parking lots, an abandoned gas station tucked into the crook of another building’s wall—the symmetry of her composition gives it the classic aura of ancient Rome” (J. Hoberman). From the eternal city Akerman reads her mother’s letters, conjuring a sense of distant voices and still lives. Digital preservation courtesy The Royal Film Archive of Belgium.–MOMA
For more information on this film, please visit: http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/film_screenings/19316
OF KITES & BORDERS by Yolanda Pividal (MFA Class of 2007) wins “Best Documentary Award” at the 2013 San Diego Film Festival AND “Best Documentary Award” at Docs DF 2013!
The Kayros Films Team (Yolanda Pividal & Co.) comments: “The journey…has just begun, and we don´t know where it will take us, but it is clear we couldn’t have had a better starting point.”
OF KITES & BORDERS tells story of the daily struggle to be a child living on the US-Mexico border through the eyes of four working children in the city of Tijuana. A story of hope, struggle, and survival that digs behind newspapers’ headlines to explore life on the other side of the wall and the underlying context of immigration. a perspective that invites viewers to rethink the concept of “border” and “otherness.” We often find stories about people crossing borders, but where are the stories on how borders cross people’s lives? Visit the film’s blog via: http://www.fightingkitesthefilm.com/blog.php