The SPRING 2009 Film Series
American Indian Histories and Cultures Conference
The Family That Walks on All Fours I for India Bird’s Nest

SDSU has joined a coalition to promote the public understanding “the process and nature of science in an exploration of understanding how we know what we know.” The scientific community is sharing how science works, why it matters, and who scientists are. For more information visit SDSU is planning many events including the SDSU Film Society films: The Family That Walks on All Fours, A Sense of Wonder, and King Corn.

SDSU Film Society is proud to help sponsor and work with the American Indian Histories and Cultures Conference, an event emphasizing the voices of Native peoples who are reclaiming their own histories and articulating their own perspectives. This year’s conference focus is on media produced by Native Americans. Co-sponsored with the Office for Diversity Enhancement, and American Indian Studies program.

Monday, March 30 • Miss Navajo (2007)
The film follows the path of 21-year-old Crystal Frazier, a not-so-fluent Navajo speaker and self-professed introvert, as she undertakes the challenges of the pageant. Interspersed with pageant activities are interviews with former Miss Navajos, whose cheerful recollections of past pageants break the tension the current contestants are undergoing. Directed by Billy Luther. 60 minutes.

Tuesday, February 3 • The Family That Walks on All Fours (2006)
Originally broadcast on the PBS series, NOVA, this documentary focuses on an intense scientific debate around a quiet but extraordinary family living in rural Turkey— a family with five adults who walk on all fours. Since bipedalism has long been considered one of the defining characteristics of modern humans, such a discovery raises fascinating questions about genetics, society, and the evolutionary history of our species. Q&A session following with Dr. Catherine Carter, SDSU Plant Science.

Tuesday, March 31 • March Point (2005)
Cody, Nick and Travis (three teens from the Swinomish Indian Tribe) investigate the impact of two oil refineries on their tribal community. March Point follows their journey as they come to understand themselves, the environment and the threat their people face. Directed by Annie Silverstein, Tracy Rector, Nick Clark, Cody Cayou and Travis Tom. A Keynote Speaker will follow the film. 54 minutes.

Wednesday, April 1, 9:00 am- 3:00 pm • Events and Location to be Announced Tuesday, April 7 • Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)
Winner of the Oscar for documentary feature, this film is an incisive examination of the Bush Administration’s willingness, in its prosecution of the “war on terror,” to undermine the essence of the rule of law. The documentary examines the death of an Afghan taxi driver at Bagram Air Base and exposes a worldwide policy of detention and interrogation that condones torture and the abrogation of human rights. Directed by Alex Gibney. 106 minutes.

Tuesday, February 10 • A Sense of Wonder (2008)
Adapted from a play by Kaiulani Lee about Rachel Carson’s reflections upon the publication of Silent Spring in 1962 and the backlash that thrust her into the center of a political maelstrom. Dr. Charles Berry, Jr., SDSU Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, will lead a Q &A session after the film and show original footage of Rachel Carson presenting her research to U.S. Congress and the rebuttals by the chemical industry. 54 minutes.

Tuesday, February 17 • I for India (England/India 2005)
A bittersweet time capsule of alienation, discovery, racism and belonging, I for India is a chronicle of immigration in ’60s Britain and beyond, seen through the eyes of one Asian family and their home movies. Directed by Suri Sandhya. 70 minutes.

Tuesday, April 14 • King Corn (2007)
Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. They plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat — and how we farm. Directed by Aaron Woolf. 88 minutes.

Tuesday, February 24 • Bird’s Nest (Germany, 2008)
Architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron are literally building bridges between two cultures, two architectural traditions, and two political systems: the national stadium for the Olympic summer games in Peking 2008 and a city area in the provincial town of Jinhua, China. Directed by Christoph Schaub and Michael Schindhelm. 110 minutes.

Wednesday, April 22 • SDSU Student Film Festival
Evening of short films produced and directed by SDSU students. 90 minutes.

African Cinema Mini-Fest
Outside of Africa the distribution of African films on television and at movie theaters is almost nonexistent. SDSU Film Society is presenting several African films to allow a small glimpse of Africa through African eyes which may help enlighten us about life in Africa.

Tuesday, March 3 • Ezra (Sierra Leone, 2007)
Ezra is the first film to give an African perspective on the disturbing phenomenon of abducting child soldiers into the continent’s recent civil wars. Directed by Newtown Aduaka. 110 minutes.


King Corn

Miss Navaho

Tuesday, March 17 • Forgiveness (South Africa, 2005)
A moving and complex film on the seminal theme of truth and reconciliation and filled with images of sand-swept roads, wind driven clouds and pounding surf, all symbolizing letting of the past and surrendering to the forward motion of time. Directed by Ian Gabriel. 118 minutes.

Films are sponsored by: Margaret Denton, SDSU Film Society, South Dakota Art Museum and the William and Harriet Gould Foundation. Additional funding provided by the SDSU Office of Academic Affairs-New Ideas Fund. Curated by SDSU Student Film Society and Associate Professor Jeff Heinle. For more info, contact: Kyle Beck, SDSU Student Film Society president, If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to the SDSU Film Society contact the Foundation (Film Society). SDSU Foundation, 815 Medary Ave., Box 525, Brookings, SD, 57007.
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Tuesday, March 24 • Afro@Digital (Congo, 2003)
Digital technology in Africa: its impact on telecommunications, education and even fashion. Directed by Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda. 118 minutes.


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