Themester: @Work: The Nature of Labor on a Changing Planet

This fall, the College of Arts and Sciences’ Themester explores the theme @Work: The Nature of Labor on a Changing Planet. Films were chosen to complement Themester courses and contribute to our understanding of the role of work and labor in our lives.

The series is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and IU Cinema. All films will be followed by a brief discussion after the credits.

Mental Illness in American Film

Film has always found mental illness to be a fascinating subject. In
turn, films have often served to shape how the public comes to understand,
or misunderstand, the nature of mental health problems
and treatment, and even public policy. This duo of films illustrates
both public influence and reaction. They are part of IU’s College
Toolbox Project, a four-year effort to improve the cultural climate of
“difference” for students and the larger community, shown in cooperation
with Glenn Close’s organization, Bring Change to Mind,
whose goal is to end stigma toward mental illness.

This series is
sponsored by The College Tool Box Project, Union Board, Culture of
Care, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Public Health,
the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President. Screenings
are free, but ticketed.

Wonder and the Natural World

Wonder and the Natural World explores wonder as an important and complex response to the natural
world. These two films raise profound questions about the relationship between human civilization and the physical universe,
and conjure various forms of wonder in response to both. The screenings are sponsored by the IU Consortium for the Study of
Religion, Ethics, and Society, in partnership with the Religious Studies, Political Science, and Geography departments, and
the Integrated Program in the Environment. Screenings are free, but ticketed.

Reeling Minds

What is a thought? What is knowledge? What are the contents
of mind? Members of Indiana University’s Cognitive Science
community have been engaged in some of the most influential
scholarly work on these issues and have greatly advanced
the understanding of cognitive processes and architectures
involved in perception, memory, knowledge representation, and

As the Cognitive Science program celebrates its 25th
anniversary, the Reeling Minds film series showcases imaginative
extrapolations of the program’s work, exploring worlds where
thoughts, even dreams, are manifested as quantifiable phenomena.
This series is sponsored by Indiana University’s Cognitive
Science Program. Screenings are free, but ticketed.

Feminist Art as Self-Help

Presenting new works in feminist and queer cinema, the Feminist Art as Self-Help film series is inspired by the consciousness-raising ethos
of the 1970s feminist movement, “the personal is political,” and the feminist narcissism of écriture feminine, or “feminine writing.” Taking
the shape of an optical manifesto, diary entry, and hysterical scream, the films explore weird girls and art and aesthetic culture made at the
margins of male-dominated, racist art markets, and ask us to reimagine the rant as a mode of self-help and the manifesto as an instruction

This series is sponsored by the Department of Communication and Culture, the Film and Media Studies program, the Black Film
Center/Archive, the departments of English, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, and American Studies. Screenings are free, but ticketed.

Ray Bradbury: From Science to the Supernatural

Ray Bradbury (1920–2012) was one of the best-known
science fiction and fantasy writers of our time, producing
such enduring works as The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit
451, and The Illustrated Man. His stories and novels
often criticize our relationship to technology, yet also
display poetic optimism about humankind’s place in the
cosmos. His explanation of this apparent contradiction
was simple: “People ask me to predict the future, when
all I want to do is prevent it. Better yet, build it.”
This series explores the breadth of Bradbury’s imaginative
writing on screen. Films inspired by his books sit
alongside films that he scripted himself. Though a child
of the Midwest, he grew up in Hollywood and had the joy
(and the pain) of working extensively in film.

This series is
sponsored by the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, College
Arts and Humanities Institute, IUPUI Arts & Humanities
Institute, IU’s Advanced Visualization Lab, Science
on Screen, Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation, Alfred P.
Sloan Foundation and IU Cinema. Special thanks to Jonathan
Eller, Phil Nichols, University of Wolverhampton,
U.K., and Chris Eller. All screenings will have academic
introductions and many will be followed by discussions.
Screenings are free, but ticketed.


The Magnificent Cinematic Obsession of Guy Maddin

Guy Maddin’s singular body of work is as beautiful as it is confounding and
delirious. He incorporates the language of past cinema, with which he is most
intimately familiar from his countless hours of film viewing, and combines this
with a pre-cinematic sensibility learned from the books he voraciously devours.
A man of extraordinary intellectual appetites, Maddin’s many interests and
obsessions can easily be discerned in his work.

Abderrahmane Sissako: Transnational Poetic Cinema

One of the world’s leading filmmakers, Abderrahmane Sissako from Mauritania/Mali, is an artist whose
transnational poetic vision is grounded in precise, everyday acts and humanity. This retrospective highlights
Sissako’s transnational cinematic practice and aesthetics, produced by an allegiance to home mediated by
expatriation. Sissako is a particularly compelling filmmaker because his artistic practice has developed in
relation to key epochal shifts (colonial to postcolonial, Cold War to global, decolonizing to diasporic) that
challenge tidy chronologies and national borders.

This series
is sponsored by the College Arts and Humanities Institute, African Studies Program, the Black Film Center/
Archive, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Department of History, Film and Media Studies,
The Media School, and the IU Cinema. Special thanks to Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Institut
Français, Amélie Garin-Davet, and Marissa Moorman. Screenings are free, but ticketed.

Abderrahmane Sissako is scheduled to be on campus April 13–19 and present at several screenings.


In Light Film Festival

The In Light Film Festival is
aimed at promoting and supporting
the intersections of human
rights and documentary
film. Documentary films have
long been used as effective
teaching aids and as tools for
public debate on contemporary
socio-political issues. ILFF aims
to facilitate dialogue between
professionals in the field of human-
rights documentaries and
the general public. Q&A sessions
with invited filmmakers will thus
be a central focus of ILFF. The
debates will be moderated by IU
scholars whose research intersects with the focus of each film. Furthermore, the IU Cinema will also host a series of
ILFF free roundtables where the invited documentarists and IU faculty will discuss documentary film and human rights.

Event sponsors include the Anthropology Department, the College of Arts and Sciences’ Associate Dean for Social & Historical
Sciences and Graduate Education, the College of Arts and Sciences’ Associate Dean for International Programs,
the School of Global and International Studies, the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs (OVPIA), the
Department for International Studies, the First Nations Educational and Cultural Center, the French and Italian Studies
Department, Film and Media Studies Center, the Center for the Study of Global Change, the School of Education, the
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, the Gender Studies Department, and IU Cinema. All screenings
are free, but ticketed. Filmmakers are scheduled to be present for each film screening.

Around La dolce vita

La dolce vita is one of the most famous
films ever made, a huge and scandalous
international box-office success at the
time and a classic ever since. It gave
new terms to an international vocabulary:
‘la dolce vita’ and ‘paparazzi.’ It
built on a tradition of city movies and
ideas of European decadence in the
period and influenced many films in
its wake. This program gives a taste
of where the sweet life came from and
what it led to.

This series was curated by Richard Dyer and is sponsored
by the Department of Communication
and Culture, the Department of French
and Italian, the Department of Gender
Studies, The Media School, Cultural Studies Program and IU Cinema. Special thanks to Ryan Powell.
Screenings are free, but ticketed.