Cinema of Conflict & Transformation
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 virtually. Screening of the films prior to the scheduled Zoom discussion is highly recommended.
Please visit the event page for each of our scheduled dates to learn more about each film, how to watch, and to register for the Zoom discussions.
The films and conversations are free and open to the public. Advance registration is required to join the Zoom discussions.
Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 6:00-7:30 PM
(Postponed to September 28)
Who Killed Vincent Chin?
(d. Christine Choy and Renee Tajima-Peña, 1987)
Vincent Chin, a successful engineer living out his dream of designing automobiles in Detroit, meets an unexpected and violent end when he is assaulted and killed by two men using a baseball bat, in the summer of 1982, following an altercation at a bar. Despite their bloody crime, the assailants initially receive lenient sentences due to a plea bargain. The troubling outcome of the case outrages civil rights advocates, who fight for justice and struggle to prove that Chin’s attackers had racist motivations.
Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 6:00-7:30 PM
Jafar Panahi’s Taxi
(Jafar Panahi, 2015)
Internationally acclaimed director Jafar Panahi drives a yellow cab through the vibrant streets of Tehran, picking up a diverse (and yet representative) group of passengers in a single day. Each man, woman, and child candidly expresses his or her own view of the world, while being interviewed by the curious and gracious driver/director. His camera, placed on the dashboard of his mobile film studio, captures a spirited slice of Iranian society while also brilliantly redefining the borders of comedy, drama, and cinema.
Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 6:00-7:30 PM
Harlan County USA
(Barbara Kopple, 1976)
Barbara Kopple’s Academy Award-winning Harlan County USA unflinchingly documents a grueling coal miners’ strike in a small Kentucky town. With unprecedented access, Kopple and her crew captured the miners’ sometimes violent struggles with strikebreakers, local police, and company thugs. Featuring a haunting soundtrack—with legendary country and bluegrass artists Hazel Dickens, Merle Travis, Sarah Gunning, and Florence Reece—the film is a heartbreaking record of the thirteen-month struggle between a community fighting to survive and a corporation dedicated to the bottom line.
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.