Relax and Destress

With finals week approaching for the majority of students, it is important to remember to make time to relax and de-stress from finals, and one way to do that is to watch some fun movies and tv shows.

  1.  Chill with Bob Ross- Netflix- This show is just about watching a man paint nature scenes with light music in the background, he never raises his voice and you can fall asleep to it after a long day of studying or writing papers. You can even have it in the background while studying.bob-ross
  2. Fantasia or Fantasia 2000- Netflix- Both of these movies are great choices to watch after a final or while you are writing or studying. There is little to no dialogue with a host of classical music and fantastic animation to help.fantasia-2000

3. Mystery Science Theater 3000- Youtube- This TV show is just plain fun to put it simply. It centers on a guy and his robot friends in a spaceship who are forced to watch really bad B movies and make a running commentary on them. There are top ten lists of the best episodes up everywhere, but you can’t really go wrong with Space Mutiny, Prince of Space or Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. All of which have memorable jokes and give you the gift of laughter after a long day.

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4. My Neighbor Totoro- DVD- This classic anime film created and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, is a great film to enjoy when you need to watch some beautiful animation and a simple story line come to life. While this film may seem to be for a younger audience, it is never a bad thing to watch a film filled with imagination and adorable characters.

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5. Juno- DVD- This coming of age film may be seen as odd choice since it deals with teenage pregnancy. But, the comedic style of Ellen Page and the rest of the cast put a positive and snarky spin on what could have been a heavy subject. There are moments of drama but overall I think it is a good film to watch once you have finished a final or two.

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Good Luck with finals and final projects and be sure to take time to relax!

(A)Merican Politics

With the recent election and a newly elected president, there have been many talks about politics. Here are some of the items we have in our collection with a focus on all that good political stuff (or you can watch these to get your mind off of the most recent election! Whichever you prefer, here are some quality pieces of entertainment for you, at the Media Services Library in Wells).

TV Shows:

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The series begins with Jack Bauer, the head of field ops for an elite team of Los Angeles Counter Terrorist Unit agents, who uncovers an assassination plot targeting Presidential nominee David Palmer. Bauer  also goes through a whirlwind of 24 (hence, the series’s title) hour struggles to find a traitor within his own organization and to save his kidnapped wife and daughter.

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House of Cards – a personal favorite of mine

The series focuses around a congressman, Frank Underwood, who works with his wife, Claire (who is just as sly as he is), to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him and work his way into the oval office. With the help of characters such as journalist Zoe Barnes

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Scandal

Pretty sure most of you have heard of this on the edge of your seat show written by Shonda Rhimes, but in case you have been under a rock since 2012 and/or #TGIT means absolutely nothing to you, here’s the scoop! A former White House Communications Director, Olivia Pope, starts her own crisis management firm and with the help of her elite team of gladiators, she makes the most indecent and sleazy scandals disappear.

Movies:

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Olympus Has Fallen

When the president is kidnapped by a terrorist who seizes control of the White House (Olympus), former presidential guard and Secret Service agent Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. National security must rely on Mike’s insider knowledge to save the president from his kidnappers.

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White House Down

While on a tour of the White House with his young daughter, a Capitol policeman springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders.

-QN

 

Five Dystopian Films to Put on in the Background While You Plan the Revolution

Early Wednesday morning, it was announced that the American public unpopularly chose to elect Donald Trump as their 45th commander-in-chief, ushering in a demagogic nightmare period wherein people are already being attacked and assaulted for their difference (TW: racism, misogyny). Many people are understandably responding with grief, fear and general anxiety to the symbolic (and soon to be material) victory of a racist, misogynist Grand Ole Party monster, and some are even … organizing! Protests are springing up across the nation in the wake of Trump’s election. After the public demonstration of your disturbed sentiment, though, you may be thinking “now what? How are we going to navigate this potential dystopian future?” Well, we here at Media Services have prognosticated your pleas and prepared for you our list of five dystopian films to play in the background while you and your friends gather ‘round the holiday hearth and plan the revolution.


Metropolis (1927)

 Fritz Lang’s expressionist epic follows a poor working woman, Maria, as she attempts to bridge the widening gap between classes in an industrialist urban dystopia. Produced during the Weimar Republic (a historical period directly preceding the rise of fascism in Europe [remind you of anything?]) and acclaimed for its Bauhaus-inspired art direction, Metropolis was considered tedious by period critics due to its interminable running time and heavy-handed Communist message. Luckily for you, however, its marathon length will provide your burgeoning activist cell ample opportunity (and inspiration!) to brainstorm, edit and pen a cogent manifesto.


THX 1138 (1971)

 Notable for being George Lucas’ feature directorial debut, THX 1138 envisions a future in which emotion is outlawed and controlled through government-mandated drugs and an android police force. Though originally unsuccessful at the box office, the film has since been praised for its minimalist set and costume design, echoing the bleak affective lives of the populace through colorless uniforms and spartan interiors. Play this film for outfit #inspo while you stock up on black nondescript clothing to render yourself indistinguishable from your allies and inconspicuous among the shadows of inevitable global twilight. Now is not the time for fun and flirty accents, unfortunately, so save the metallic mules and faux-fur hotpants for the afterparty.


Soylent Green (1973)

 Richard Fleischer’s sci-fi police procedural film depicts an America reeling from the effects of climate collapse; in the year 2022, due to overpopulation, pollution, and depleted resources, much of the world’s population must eke by on processed food rations, of which the film’s namesake, soylent green, is the newest nutritional development. But what could it be made of? Labeled as “melodramatic” and only “intermittently interesting” by critics, the thriller still secured Saturn and Nebula Awards for Best Film in 1973. Regardless of critical response, the apocalyptic foresight of this film is surprising: 2022 is only years away, and our hopes to avoid irreversible climate change are dwindling. Soylent Green is an à propos backdrop for preparing against a potential global resource shortage; we suggest using it as fear-fodder after returning from a successful dumpstering run and while testing out the best way to hide the taste of questionably rotting vegetables in a vegan soup.


Blade Runner (1982)

 Starring former “sexiest man alive” (and current weirdest dad) Harrison Ford, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner is the epitome of the retro-futurist film-noir genre. Ford plays a bounty hunter tasked with pursuing a group of insubordinate “replicants,” a race of androids created by the Tyrell supercorporation for the purposes of menial labor on off-world colonies. The film itself was met with mixed critical response, but has since become a cult favorite among cyberpunk nerds and vaporwave aesthetes. While the plot is thematically complex and the visuals are arrestingly striking, the real star of the film is Vangelis’ evocative score. That makes this selection a perfect film to have blaring from the living room while you and your comrades sit in the garage very carefully pouring flammable liquids into empty beer bottles and stuffing them with rags.


The Fifth Element (1997)

 Perhaps a direct descendent of Blade Runner, Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element follows Bruce Willis as a 23rd-century taxi driver-cum-reluctant hero. Willis’ character is serendipitously tasked with protecting the future of planet Earth after a mysterious humanoid (Milla Jovovich) plops into his cab. The two team up to save the world from impending doom by collecting four mystical stones and uniting them in an ancient alien temple. It became one of the highest-grossing French films in the international box office, and set Jovovich on course to become apocalypse babe par excellence. This film, with its fantastical alienesque character names, is a great choice to have on while you and your group decide upon pseudonyms to thwart the impending increase in government surveillance. You can follow the film’s example and just use random combinations of syllables (à la “Leeloo”) or take a note from the punk community and choose something gross (e.g. “Weasel”, “Flea”, “Snot Rag”).


But on a serious note, here are some resources to consult if you’re scared for the future. You’re not alone. Take care of yourself and those close to you.

-William “Weasel” M

When A Movie Memes: An Exercise In Relevance

The end goal of nearly every movie is to make money and have a staying power within them to continue to make money throughout the years. In other words, a movie production company wants their films to stick around and stay relevant for a while so they can continue to keep the lights on in their studios, and by far the most effective way to ensure that your work will make money in this day and age is to make it into a meme-level masterpiece.

Just what is a “meme?” Is it simply a case of young people reveling in benevolent surrealism, or is there something more there? Could the meme be the thing that saves the economy, brings peace to the Middle East, and brings political stability to the world? I’m here to at least argue on behalf of the first one. But first, we must define the meme, and Merriam-Webster defines a meme as “an amusing or interesting picture, video, etc., that is spread widely through the Internet.” Many cultural and sub-cultural media staples in the past few years have either started life as a meme, or have simply had the title thrust upon them later in life.

Take, for example, the likes of Shrek and the Bee Movie, two classic examples of meme-level movies.

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Firstly, Shrek, we see here, through Google Trends, the amount of people searching for the movie in red, and the amount of people searching for the meme in blue. Here, the movie becomes the meme, and the relatively recent uptick in searches for the movie, from July 17 to August 13 2016, in which the movie surpasses the meme, can only be attributed to the passing of the meme and the resurgence of the source material. It is my professional opinion as a Meme Historian, that soon we will see the return of the meme, the lowering interest in the movie, a lowering interest in the meme, another return of the movie, and so on in a cyclical fashion.

It is my further opinion that one would be very wise to get in on the ground floor of this operation once more and check out the movie that made the meme, Shrek. #Shrekislove #Shrekislife

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Secondly, we have here the Google Trends for Bee Movie, a true cinematic masterpiece if ever there was one, and widely praised as the greatest love story between a woman and a bee ever told. It is here compared to another, lesser romance film, the 1968 film adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, with Bee Movie in blue, and Romeo and Juliet in red. Clearly, the superior film, and the superior meme, takes the gold here, and it proves my point, a movie that memes is a movie that stays.

Why not follow the crowd and be one of the cool kids for once? Check out Bee Movie, and relive the greatest love story ever told.

And when all else fails, and feel yourself lost and confused within the rambling shelves of movies here at Media Services, just remember: do it for the meme.

Enjoy! -Samantha Leigh Sims

Need New Shows to Binge On? Look No Further!

This time of the year is great for several reasons…The weather is finally transitioning from the suffocating heat of the summer to the invigorating beauty of fall, the impending celebration of Halloween is sure to motivate people to tap into their imaginative side and get creative with their costumes, and of course…pumpkin everything. However, nothing quite compares to the joy of finding new shows to binge on or obsess over, and with this time of the year comes new TV shows! So here to help you find your new addiction is a compilation of several recently released/soon to be released shows.

  • Marvel’s Luke Cage (Netflix)
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Premiere Date: Friday Sept. 30- Marvel TV shows have been serious hits with the likes of Jessica Jones and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, so it’s no huge surprise that their newest addition has received rave reviews from critics as well as viewers. Mike Colter stars as the titular character possessing superhuman strength and durability, and this show promises to delve deeper into the past of one of the first black superheroes ever. It is sure to be a MARVELous watch, so check it out!

 

 

 

  • No Tomorrow (The CW)

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Premiere Date: Monday Oct, 10- Anyone who has a bucket list prepared/ needs some inspiration for a bucket list, this show is for you. And for those simply looking to live vicariously through others, well, this show is also for you. The premise of the show is based on a girl named Evie whose life is upturned when she meets the free-spirited Xavier who, convinced the apocalypse is coming in eight months, sets out on a grand adventure, dragging Evie along for the race to check off as much as possible from their “apocalyst.”

 

 

  • This is Us (NBC)

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Premiere Date: Tuesday Sept, 20- You’ve seen her in The Walk to Remember, you’ve seen him in Gilmore Girls, prepare to see them in This Is Us if you haven’t already. This show starring Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia follows the couple and their friends who share the same birthday as they navigate through the highs and lows of life. This show has only been on for a few weeks, and it has already gained an impressive fan base, so I urge you to fall into this series ASAP.

 

 

 

  • Frequency (The CW)

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Premiere Date: Wednesday Oct, 5- Everyone loves a good time travelling story, and this one is bound to be interesting. It follows Detective Raimy who begins communicating with her NYPD officer father after 20 years. Sounds like a good father-daughter relationship bonding thing right? Only problem is that her father has been dead for those 20 years he was absent from her life (freeeaakky) and we can’t really blame the guy— being dead and all, there wasn’t much he could’ve done. Communicating through a ham radio, they have to solve issues from their past and set things right, and in the process, they have to work through the rift in their relationship. So I guess it could be a good father-daughter relationship bonding thing. Keep an eye out if you’re a fan of all things dramystery.

 

  • MacGyver (CBS)

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Premiere Date: Friday Sept, 23- The reboot of the classic action-adventure series proves that 2016 is the year of remakes. This show stars Lucas Till as the ever-so-handy MacGyver as it follows him in his 20’s as he starts his life as a secret agent for the government.

 

 

Happy watching!-RE

Remake, Reboot, Prequel, Sequel…?!

These days our theaters are flooded with movie ideas both new, old and something else entirely. I’d like to point to two of the more recent additions: Blair Witch and The Magnificent Seven.

The newest Blair Witch film hit theaters this September and has garnered some very mixed reviews that often stemmed from whether or not the viewer had seen the original film (The Blair Witch Projector not. In some instances, some didn’t even know there was an original to be watched.

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This horror film is centered around the ending result of the first movie where a group went off into the woods to do a graduation project documentary on an infamous witch who inhabits the area. To add to the authenticity of the film, it is filmed in the (now popular) found-footage style which allows for the audience to see events as if they happened from the perspective of the character holding the camera. It is also important to note that the movie creators went even further to put up wanted posters for the students who had been in the movie to make audiences believe it was real and the a large majority of the audience actually did believe it!

This new incarnation takes the classic movie into 2016, complete with all the video technology one might find these days from drones to earbuds. This sequel opened the story to many new possibilities including a lot more effects and a budget the first couldn’t even dream of and some scenes not for the faint of stomach. If you enjoyed the first, I would recommend it.

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If you haven’t seen the first yet, I highly recommend watching it before this new film, otherwise you won’t get the full viewing experience as they story writers intend. The new film gives a few bits of what happened in the first, yes, but I personally didn’t feel it could stand on it’s own.

The Magnificent Seven is a fun movie because it’s a remake of a remake (The Magnificent Seven from 1960). The original is one of Japan’s most well-known samurai films called Seven Samurai, which is about seven men who are hired by poor farmers to defend their villages against bandits.

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If you’ve seen the first Magnificent Seven, then this will sound pretty familiar as the plots are very much alike. The cowboy versions are just a very westernized version of the classic tale told in Seven Samurai… and some could even say that The Avengers pays great homage to the story as well!

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Needless to say, both classic films movies that inspired this newest Magnificent Seven are amazing and definitely worth watching but are not needed to enjoy the latest version. The material isn’t stale in the slightest and this cast brings a breath of fresh air to the old genre and is a very enjoyable remake. With lots of action and gun shows, along with a very diverse seven leading the way, it gives westerns a chance to impress audiences one again.

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With more remakes, continuations and other movies hitting theaters, I will do my best to keep you posted!

TL

The Bee Movie

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Bee Movie (2007) stars Jerry Seinfeld as Barry B. Benson who is a bee that wants more to life than to just making honey. He ventures out into the real world and discovers that honey is a product in grocery stores. Barry is horrified at the situation so he decides to sue the human race for stealing the bee’s precious honey. You’ll have to watch the movie to see what happens next!

Recently, we showed this film on the display computer at the main counter and within a time span of half an hour, many groups of people stopped to watch and reminisce. It’s a film who’s intended audience is kids, however, there is something in it for everyone. Come check it out at the Media Services department today!

-SM

Foreign Films you Wouldn’t Want to Miss

As there are so many movies to pick from, it is easy to look over great movies; especially if they are foreign.  Many people are disdainful to the idea of watching foreign movies, as they must either deal with reading subtitles or watching a poorly done dub.  Not only that, but often times, foreign films have names that make little to no sense to viewers who only speak English; and are sometimes difficult to find.  Although there are many obstacles when it comes to finding a foreign film to watch, in the end, many times the struggle is worth it.  

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Y Tu Mama Tambien (2002)

  Y Tu Mama Tambien is a mexican drama depicting the story of two teenage boys (Julio and Tenoch) embarking on a roadtrip with a 28-year old woman (Lusia), searching for a fictitious beach called Heaven’s Mouth.  Y Tu Mama Tambien earned $2.2 million it’s opening weekend, and is, to date, the highest box office opening in Mexican cinema history.

                                                 

             

 

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City of God (2002)

One of my all-time favorite movies, City of God is one of the better known foreign films.  City of God is a Brazilian film focused on the rise and fall of rival gangs, witnessed through the eyes of a teenager named Rocket.  City of God has received worldwide critical acclaim, as it depicts the reality of living in the Brazilian slums.

 

 

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Teddy Bear (2012)

Teddy Bear is a Danish film about a 38-year old bodybuilder named Dennis, who lives with his possessive and overbearing mother Ingrid.  Dennis has not had a girlfriend in his entire life, and decides to take a trip to Thailand in hopes to find love.

 

 

 

Even though there are multitudes of blockbuster films being released from Hollywood, foreign films provide the viewer with unfamiliar experiences.  The reason for this, I believe, is because Hollywood producers (with a few exceptions, e.g. David Lynch) have the pressure of creating films that don’t stray far from what is considered “normal”, in attempt to recreate successful box office hits.  In contrast, foreign films, more often than not, do not have that social pressure and many times go beyond what you would expect a movie to portray.  Above, I have compiled a few selections of some of my personal favorite foreign films that anyone could enjoy.

-WP

2016: The Fall of Film, the Rise of TV?

2016: The Fall of Film, the Rise of TV?

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2016 has now become, to many, a terribly disappointing year in cinema. There are only a handful of films that have genuinely (and positively) surprised people, as well as garnering a respectable amount of buzz… but of all the films that have had a lot of hype surrounding them… almost all of them have either flopped or been seen as just “bad movies”. On the other hand, it seems that television shows, mainly streaming shows on Netflix or other original series, have grown to become popular and well-received, even after just one season. It’s almost as if TV is surpassing film in quality of story this year. Of course, there are, and always will be, exceptions to any rule, but I’d say there have been many more disappointments in film than TV this year, and many more surprises in TV than in film.

Below is a list of five of some of the most disappointing films from this year, so far. This is not a list of the “worst” films, but rather a list of films that did not live up to the hype that the marketing (or the cast/filmmakers) built around the film.

 MOST DISAPPOINTING MOVIES OF 2016

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Ghostbusters

Independence Day: Resurgence

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Suicide Squad

Notice, if you will: all five of these films are either sequels, spinoffs, or remakes, which is probably why so much hype was built around them. Aside from Ghostbusters, all of these films are either the return for a popular franchise that has been dormant for some time, or was a sequel with a lot of promise, and they are all big-budget-blockbusters. So why did they disappoint? It seems as though studios are pushing the amount of films they make a year to maximize profits, but they are not pushing the quality of films with as much priority, which ironically minimizes profits. Either way, all five of these films will soon be forgotten (maybe). Of course, it’s still too early to say that all of 2016 was a disappointment, but summer 2016 has definitely let cinemagoers down. Even Disney released Alice Through the Looking Glass which proves that not even Disney Magic can save this year.

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SOME FANTASTIC NEW SHOWS OF 2016

Master of None (Netflix)

The Night Of (HBO)

The People vs OJ Simpson (FX)

Preacher (AMC)

Stranger Things (Netflix)

 On the other hand, here are five NEW television shows which debuted their first seasons this year- all to extremely positive reviews. Personally, I have yet to see most of these, so I cannot comment on the quality myself, but I have seen “Master of None” and I can say that it is a hilarious and thought-provoking series that contains a lot of social commentary on race, age, gender, sexuality, and love. If I were you, I’d give this short 5-hour show a watch, and then  watch the other 4 shows listed as well. “Game of Thrones,” “The Americans,” “Orange is the New Black,” “House of Cards,” “Daredevil,” “Better Call Saul,” and “Mr. Robot” are some other great shows that have come back with another season so far in 2016, and all are worth a watch!

If you haven’t, definitely check out them all out (maybe instead of the films listed above), as you most likely are sure to be surprisingly satisfied. What are some of the most disappointing films you’ve seen this year? And what are some of the best TV series as well? Be sure to share what you think, as well as if you agree or disagree with the films and shows I’ve chosen. And, of course, stop by Media Services in the basement of Wells Library to watch the surprisingly best TV shows and films of 2016, as well as from every other year as well!

 

-Blake Schwarz

Moving Image Collections & Archives Host 20th Annual African Film Festival, September 12-15, 2016

The 20th African Film Festival Traveling Series is sponsored by IU Libraries Media Services, Black Film Center/Archive, the African Studies program, The Media School’s Cinema and Media Arts program, the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, the Department of History, the Department of Comparative Literature, and the IU Cinema. Special thanks are due to Brian Graney of the Black Film Center/Archive and Alimah Boyd of the African Film Festival, Inc.

 

Head Gone (2014, Dir. Dare Fasasi)
Monday, September 12, 2016 | 7:00 p.m. | IU Cinema
Nigeria/Sweden, 111 min. In English & Pidgin with English subtitles. Introduction by Professor Akin Adesokan, Comparative Literature, and Cinema and Media Studies at the Media School.

Facebook Event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1564260263876037/

Due to a road mishap, a bus driver loses a group of psychiatric patients on the way to a federal hospital. To cover up the mistake, he and a nurse pick up unsuspecting commuters to substitute the patients and the plot thickens as the new passengers must try to prove their sanity in a psychiatric institution, while the escapees try to adjust to a new environment. This allegorical comedy of errors features some of Nigeria’s biggest names.

Red Leaves (2014, Dir. Bazi Gete)
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 | 6:00 p.m. | IUB Library Moving Image Collections & Archives, BFC/A’s Phyllis Klotman Room (Wells 044B)
Israel, 80 min. In Hebrew and Amharic with English subtitles.

Meseganio Tadela, 74, immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia 28 years ago with his family. He has chosen to zealously retain his culture, talks very little, and hardly speaks Hebrew. After losing his wife, Meseganio sets out on a journey that leads him through his children’s homes. He comes to realize that he belongs to a rapidly disappearing class that believes in retaining Ethiopian culture. As this harsh reality begins to hit him, he struggles to survive according to his own rules.

Afripedia: Ghana (2014, Dir. by Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft and Senay Berhe)
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | 6:00 p.m. | IUB Library Moving Image Collections & Archives, BFC/A’s Phyllis Klotman Room (Wells 044B)
Ghana/Kenya/Sweden, 28 min. In English.

The whispers among connoisseurs talk about Accra as the next big hotspot for African cultural production, and Afripedia: Ghana suggests they’re not wrong. Meet outspoken and androgynous music star Wiyaala, exciting trick-bikers whose BMX skills and flamboyant style have taken neighborhoods by storm. Visual artist Afrogallonism puts on extraordinary outdoor performances to highlight environmental issues.

Afripedia: Kenya (2014, Dir. by Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft and Senay Berhe)
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | 6:30 p.m. | IUB Library Moving Image Collections & Archives, BFC/A’s Phyllis Klotman Room (Wells 044B)
Ghana/Kenya/Sweden, 28 min. In English.

Take an intimate look at Nairobi’s urban culture scene and its leading personalities and stars. Meet 3D-artist Andrew Kaggia, creator of a 3D-animated political short film, taking you to his futuristic vision of Nairobi and proving that disability is never inability. Afro-futuristic pop band and DIY-enthusiasts Just a Band redefine music videos, and visual artist Cyrus introduces us to his remarkable collection created solely with found materials.

The Longest Kiss /A jamais, pour toujours (2013, Dir. by Alexandra Sicotte-Lévesque)
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | 7:00 p.m. | IUB Library Moving Image Collections & Archives, BFC/A’s Phyllis Klotman Room (Wells 044B)

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The meeting of the Blue and White Nile in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, is referred to as ‘the longest kiss in history.’ As the Arab Spring was in full bloom, Sudan, straddling between the Middle East and Africa, was about to split in two. The film follows six young Sudanese searching for a place to call ‘home’ as their journeys take us up and down the Nile, between north and south Sudan, ahead of the south’s secession. Facing conflicting identities, youth in north Sudan grapple with a stale dictatorship while others in south Sudan hope to start over—but at what costs? For the first time a film gives a voice to Sudanese youth from different origins, Muslims and Christians. It is an intimate portrait of a complex society that bears witness to its inevitable fragmentation.

Cholo (2014, Dir. Muzna Almusafer)
Thursday, September 15, 2016 | 4:00 p.m. | IUB Library Moving Image Collections & Archives, BFC/A’s Phyllis Klotman Room (Wells 044B)
Oman, 21 min. In Swahili with English subtitles.

The dark-skinned, 11-year-old Cholo meets his fair-skinned younger stepbrother Abdullah for the first time when their father Said arrives in Muscat. Although strikingly different, the boys have great chemistry. Cholo is a young boy full of imagination and a great love for nature and life. However, jealousy, competitiveness, and curiosity arise between the two, as they go through a journey of self-discovery.

Panic Button (2014, Dir. Libby Dougherty)
Thursday, September 15, 2016 | 4:30 p.m. | IUB Moving Image Collections & Archives, BFC/A’s Phyllis Klotman Room (Wells 044B)
South Africa, 25 min. In English.

From the moment that Tshepo, a security guard, breaks through Jenny’s multi-locked door to save her, she feels as if she’s been swept off her feet. But as Jenny imagines herself falling in love with him, an unhealthy, delusional obsession begins to take shape.

The Prophecy (2015, Dir. by Marcia Juzga)
Thursday, September 15, 2016 | 5:00 p.m. | IUB Moving Image Collections & Archives, BFC/A’s Phyllis Klotman Room (Wells 044B)
Senegal, 20 min. In French & Wolof with English subtitles.

Concerned about the environmental issues that Senegal is facing, photographer Fabrice Monteiro, in collaboration with the designer “Jah Gal,” created The Prophecy. The objective of this photographic project is to raise global awareness of the environment by combining art, culture, fashion, and tradition. The essence of each site photographed is characterized by a Jinn — supernatural genies omnipresent in African cultures — merging with its environment. Marcia Juzga’s film is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Monteiro’s project.

The African Film Festival National Traveling Series has been organized by the African Film Festival, Inc. This series has been made possible by the generous support of The Bradley Foundation, Domenico Paulon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, contact Monique Threatt at (812)855-1650.