Cinema of Conflict & Transformation
See below for more information on each film, discussants, and registration. We look forward to seeing you there!
Please note that this academic year’s screenings and conversations will take place in person. The films and conversations are free and open to the public.
Wednesday, November 8th, 3:30-6:00 PM
Reservation Dogs (2021-2023)
Comedy series about four Native American teenagers growing up on a reservation in eastern Oklahoma.
This event will be held in person @ 1212 Rio Grande Street | Building 1000, Room 1103 (Multipurpose Room) | Austin, Texas 78701
Wednesday, February 21, 2024, 3:30-6:00 PM (RGC)
Due to circumstances beyond our control, our screening of “Saint Omer “is canceled. The Center is dedicated to providing programming with the lens of peace and conflict studies and making them accessible to all our students. Please check our website and join us in other events.
Saint Omer (2022)
Rama, a literature professor and novelist, travels from Paris to Saint-Omer to observe the trial of Laurence Coly and write about the case. Coly is a student and Senegalese immigrant accused of leaving her 15-month-old daughter on a beach to be swept away by the tide in Berck. Rama, who is four-months pregnant and, like Coly, is in a mixed-race relationship and has a complex relationship with her own Senegalese immigrant mother, feels a personal connection to Coly. She plans to write a modern day retelling of the Greek Medea myth about the case. As she learns more about Coly’s life and the isolation Coly experienced from her family and society while living in France, Rama becomes increasingly anxious about her own life and pregnancy.
Wednesday, April 3, 2024, 3:30-6:00 PM (HLC)
No Bears (2022)
Two parallel love stories in which the partners are thwarted by hidden, inevitable obstacles, the force of superstition, and the mechanics of power.
Curated and Coordinated by ACC's own Dr. Mark D. Cunningham
Mark D. Cunningham is an Associate Professor in Radio-Television-Film at Austin Community College in Austin, Texas. He received his PhD in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin. He has contributed essays to national publications, several anthologies, and peer-reviewed journals focusing on such topics in film and television/media studies as John Singleton’s film Poetic Justice, Spike Lee’s semi-autobiographical film Crooklyn, actor/rapper/activist Ice T’s role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, alternative spaces of blackness in Barry Jenkins’ debut film Medicine for Melancholy, and the importance of black popular culture. He has also presented papers at nationally recognized cinema and media studies conferences, facilitated talk back sessions at community events, and participated in both media and education related panel discussions. Dr. Cunningham is currently writing a book on race, gender, and narrative in the trilogy of films about South Central Los Angeles written and directed by the late John Singleton to be published by Columbia University Press.