Reel Genders International Film Series
Women’s and Gender Studies, in coordination with International Studies, Foreign Language, Student Affairs, and Common, announces the Reel Genders International Film Series at USC Upstate. Each film serves as a vehicle for dynamic discussions of gender and sexuality around the globe.
These screenings offer enriching opportunities to learn more about gender roles, personal transformation, the mythic quest for self, the ambivalence of desire, the human body as a site of stigma, vulnerability, and resilience, and, finally, the comedies, tragedies, melodramas, and surreal fantasies of family, romance, friendship, community, and solitude.
Each film will conclude with a talkback led by student leaders and affiliate faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies. Join us to examine cultural differences, identify cross- cultural commonalities, and become informed citizens of the international community. Mark your calendars now and make time for a good movie!
Together (Sweden) ... Directed by Lucas Moodysson
Thursday, January 28 ...HEC 2039
One house; one revolutionary; two open straight marriages; three gay people (maybe four); three
children; two carnivores and eight vegetarians. How can they make it work? Together! Director Lucas
Moodysson explores the dynamics of groups—friends, family, couples—in this award-winning film released in 2000 and set in Stockholm in 1975. The housewife Elisabeth gets tired of her abusive and drunken husband Rolf, and she moves with her teenager daughter Eva and her young son Stefan to the hippie community where her brother Göran lives. Goran is a good man, who has an open relationship with his mate Lena, but does not feel comfortable with the situation. They are welcomed by the group composed of a new-lesbian Anna, her “almost gay” husband and their children. Eva befriends her neighbor Fredrik, and with the new-arrivals in the commune, the lives of the members change. Talkback will be led by Nonprofit Major and WGS Minor, Adrienne Jones.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Belgium) ... Directed by Julian Schnabel
Thursday, February 11 ... HEC 2039
This biopic is based on the memoir of the same name by Jean-Dominique Bauby. The film depicts Bauby's life after suffering a massive stroke at the age of 42, which left him with a condition known as locked-in syndrome. The condition paralyzed him, with the exception of his left eyelid, so that he could only communicate by blinking. Bauby boldly reveals his struggle to maintain a sense of masculine pride in the face of severe physical impairment. This film poses key questions about what it means to be a man and how male identity is reformulated when “trapped” in a frail disabled body. With visually stunning sets and emotionally powerful performances, the film won awards at the Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Globes and the BAFTA Awards, as well as four Academy Award nominations.
Pick Up the Mic (USA documentary) ... Directed by Alex Hinton
Thursday, March 18 ... HEC 2039
Pick Up the Mic features more than a dozen contemporary hip-hop artists, representing a striking range of sexual and ethnic diversity. Shot over a three-year period, the film traces their intertwining relationships from San Francisco’s underground music scene of the early ‘90s through performances as recent as 2005. It was recorded in such major cities as New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, but breaks down coastal stereotypes by also covering performers in such diverse areas as Houston, Minneapolis, Madison, Wisconsin, and the Ozarks. The artists are followed rehearsing, performing, struggling, and revealing their raw, most intimate feelings about homophobia, gender identification, and performance.