“Ukrainian Sheriffs” Screening–Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

You are invited to a screening of an Oscar longlisted Ukrainian feature documentary ‘Ukrainian Sheriffs’. Film director Roman Bondarchuk and producer Darya Averchenko will present the film and will be available for Q&A after the screening.  It is a very special film that is currently getting the best reviews in top American film media.

Tuesday, December 6, 7:30pm       Powell Family Cinema

College of Film and the Moving Image


The screening is co-sponsored by College of Film and the Moving Image with, Office of the Dean of Arts and Humanities, Department of Russian and Eastern European Studies, The Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, The Department of Government, and Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts.

“Ukrainian Sheriffs” got the Special Jury Prize in the main competition of IDFA – 2015 (A+). The International documentary film festival in Amsterdam well-known as central documentary world forum and called ‘documentary Cannes’.  The festival record of the movie is great: it was screened at more than 40 festivals from South Korea to Toronto and continues to travel worldwide. TV-premier was on ZDF/ARTE, on Saturday prime-time, in March 2016. ARTE has coverage of 120,000,000 viewers in total.

Ukrainian Sheriffs is a real life story about two local sheriffs and the villagers of a remote village near Crimea, Stara Zburievka. Following the sheriffs on their everyday duties, the story gives us a look beyond the war and the ongoing political events inside the everyday life of the villagers, foregrounding the tension between personal survival and political justice. What was meant to be a film about a few people from the Ukrainian countryside and their everyday struggles, portrays the faith of a whole nation during the turning period in its history.

Here you’ll find trailer of the movie


Following this links you’ll find news about the movie and interview with film-director Roman Bondarchuk:






Remembering the Vietnam War/Peace Symposium – April 9-10

Vietnam symposium

A commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon and Vietnam’s reunification, reflecting on the meanings of the war, the peace process, and its aftermath from the perspective of the Southeast Asian diaspora.

Tuesday, April 7 4:30-6 P.M. Exhibit: The Vietnam War and Student Activism at Wesleyan Davison Rare Book Room, Olin Library, Wesleyan University

Thursday, April 9 4:15 P.M. Panel: “Aftermaths of the Vietnam War: Diasporic Art, Activism, and Research” Panelists: Lam Lê (director of Công Binh), Nancy Nguyen (Boat People SOS), Quan Tran (Yale University), Ma Vang (UC Merced) Moderator: Tri Phuong, Yale University Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, Wesleyan University

7:30 P.M. Film Screening: Công BinhThe Lost Fighters of Vietnam, dir. Lam Lê (France, 2012) Powell Cinema, Wesleyan University

Friday, April 10 4:15 P.M. Keynote Lecture: “The Vietnam War and the Vietnam Peace” Lien-Hang Nguyen, University of Kentucky Respondent: Catherine Fung, Bentley University Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, Wesleyan University

Saturday, April 11 2:45 P.M. Film Screening: Last Days in Vietnam, dir. Rory Kennedy (USA, 2014), followed by panelist and audience discussion. Luce Hall Auditorium, Yale University

Sponsored by the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, Baldwin Lecture Fund, College of East Asian Studies, Center for the Americas, Division I, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, WesWorldWednesdays, Olin Library and Special Collections, and the French Mission for Culture and Higher Education at the French Embassy.

Contacts: Amy Tang atang@wesleyan.edu, Stéphanie Ponsavady sponsavady@wesleyan.edu

FILM: Venezuela’s “Pelo Malo (Bad Hair)” — Tonight at 8 p.m.!

Pelo Malo

The recent Venezuelan film  “Pelo Malo” (Bad Hair) will be screened today as part of the Hispanic Film Series. We hope to see you there!

PELO MALO [Bad Hair]

Mariana Rondón / 2013 / Venezuela / Perú / Germany / Argentina



A touching and humorous coming-of-gender story that chronicles the life of nine-year-old Junior who lives in a bustling Caracas tenement with his widowed mother. Junior fears he has pelo malo – bad hair. For his school photo, he wants to iron his stubbornly curly mane straight to resemble one of his pop star idols. His mother, unemployed and frazzled from the pressures of raising two children in an unforgiving city, has serious misgivings; she suspects her son is gay. Grandma is more accepting, teaching Junior to dance to one of her favorite ‘60s rock ‘n’ roll tunes.

Watch the trailer here!


Where: Goldsmith Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies

When: Tuesday, March 24th, 8 p.m. 

Free Admission 


Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Literaturesʼ Thomas and Catharine McMahon Fund, and the Latin American Studies Program. With support from the Wesleyan Film Series. 

Showing and Discussion of the film, SELMA — Feb. 9, 7:45 p.m., Metro Theaters

The Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, with the support of the Center for Community Partnerships, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, and the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development, is sponsoring a free showing of Selma, followed by a short talk by Ben Jackson, a veteran of the Selma demonstrations, and a discussion of the film led by members of The Ankh.

Monday, February 9, 7:45, at Metro Theaters downtown.

Tickets are free but required.

They are available from Sara Wadlow, Allbritton 116, 3-5 p.m. on Wednesday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday.

Tickets are extremely limited: first come, first served.





Film Series & Talk: Ofir Touche Gafla, “In Praise of Fiction”–12/4, 8 pm

In Praise of Fiction

The last presentation in the fall series Contemporary Israeli Voices 2014 is writer and  Schusterman Visiting Professor at the University of Texas, Ofir Touche Gafla, who will deliver a presentation entitled In Praise of Fiction on Thursday, December 4, at 8 pm at Russell House.


Ofir Touche Gafla’s first novel World of the End (2013) has become a cult classic. He has written several other novels including The Day the Music Died and The Book of Disorder, as well as short stories and scripts. He teaches at the Sam Spiegel School of TV and Film. In his presentation, he will talk about the creative process and how fiction serves his purposes as well as read from his novel The World of the End. The event will conclude with a book sale and reception to which all are invited.


Many thanks to those who attended this series, whichhas included many diverse, Israeli voices of renowned as well as emerging and promising voices in the film, literature and the arts. Please mark your calendar for the Eight AnnualRing FamilyWesleyan University Israeli Film Festivalwhich will be inaugurated on Thursday, January 29 at 8 pm at the Goldsmith Family Cinema. The festival will include 6 screenings, one every Thursday evening, of the best Israeli films and TV shows. Admission is free and all are welcome. More details to follow later on.


Best wishes, Dalit Katz

Film Crit Panel with A.O. Scott, moderator: Criticism Now! A Conversation on the State of the Art–this evening, 8 p.m.

Come hear A. O. Scott, Distinguished Professor of Film Criticism at Wesleyan and a chief film critic at The New York Times moderate A.O.Scott 01a discussion about the state of criticism today with panel guests Laura Miller, journalist and book critic, co-founder of Salon.com, and author of The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia; Wesley Morris, film critic for Grantland, former critic for The Boston Globe, and 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner in criticism; and Emily Nussbaum, television critic for The New Yorker, and 2014 ASME winner for Best Columns and Commentary.

Date: Tuesday, November 11 Time: 8 PM Place: Center for Film Studies, Goldsmith Family Cinema

Hispanic Film Series: Tanta Agua (So Much Water) — Tonight, Thurs., April 3 — 8 p.m.

Please join us tonight at the Goldsmith Family Cinema for the second film of our Hispanic Film Series that showcases new cinema from Latin America and Spain. This week we have a  story about youth by two up and coming Uruguayan directors. We hope to see you there!

     APRIL 3, 8 PM   TANTA AGUA  (SO MUCH WATER)   Directed by Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge, Uruguay/México/Holland/Germany, 2013

What can be worse than being 14 and going on vacation with your father? Alberto, who doesn’t see his kids Lucía and Federico much since his divorce, refuses to allow anything to ruin his plans for vacation at a hot springs resort. But the springs are closed due to heavy rains, and Lucía’s adolescent rebellion clashes against her father’s enthusiastic efforts for family quality time. When she meets friends her age, Lucía’s vacation starts looking up. But flings can be fleeting, and it’s her father’s reliable insistence they spend time together that proves to be the most meaningful part of their unexpectedly enjoyable getaway.

Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSFwtbBy5yI

Asian-Asian American Film Series: “Innocents” — March 28, 5 p.m.

The Asian and Asian American Film Series concludes Friday, March 28, at 5pm with:

Innocents  (Directed by Chen-Hsi Wong, 2012, Singapore, English & Malay, 88 min) followed by Q&A with Director Chen-Hsi Wong, Wesleyan Alum ’99 and Winner of Best Director Award at the Shanghai International Film Festival. *This event will be held at the Mansfield Freeman East Asian Studies Center at 5p.m.

In the monsoon season of the 1980s, a young girl enters a harsh institution and befriends an ostracized boy. Misunderstood and bullied, the two outcasts sneak off into the jungles and monsoon canals behind their school, to carve out a private world of fantasy and freedom. But as they hatch a plan to escape from Singapore in search of a better life, the monsoon rains intensify and a vow of secrecy forces Syafiqah to embark on a quest for independence well beyond her years.

Trailer: http://www.asiancinevision.org/innocents/