Penn Museum's Second Sunday Culture Films monthly series, presenting documentary films from cultures around the world, returns for a new season October 2013 through February 2014. Penn Museum is pleased to partner with the Philadelphia Film Society and the Penn Humanities Forum on Violence in curating this collection of individual stories of resistance to cultural change, often in the face of imminent threats of violence.
Each film is introduced by faculty from the University of Pennsylvania and other universities, with open discussion among experts and audience members following the screenings. All programs begin at 2:00 pm in the Museum’s Rainey Auditorium, 3260 South Street. The series is free with Museum admission.
October 13, 2013
Maestra (Cuba, 2011) Dir. Catherine Murphy.
Speaker: Rachel Ellis Neyra, Wesleyan University.
In 1961 high school girls and boys as young as age 13 left Havana to go up into the interior to teach farmers to read; making it the most literate country in the hemisphere. How will "reglobalization" affect Cuba?
Sponsors: Penn Humanities Forum, Latin American and Latino Studies, Gender Sexuality and Women's Studies, University Museum Library, Cinema Studies, Urban Studies, Philadelphia Film Society
November 10, 2013
A Letter to Dad (Serbia, 2011) Dir. Srdjan Keca.
Speaker: Meta Mazaj, Penn Cinema Studies.
The residue of war crimes guilt has destroyed families in the Balkans. A son revisits his father’s legacy in this personal essay film which revisits the civil war.
Sponsors: Penn Humanities Forum, Cinema Studies, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University Museum Library, Philadelphia Film Society
December 8, 2013
Vivir la Chicha (Peru, 2003) Dir. Sharis Coppens.
Speaker: Ann Farnsworth-Alvear, Penn Latin American / Latino Studies.
Spending her days in a sneaker factory in Lima, the film’s hero Aurora Ramos spends her evenings dancing to the hybrid musical form Chicha, invented by indigenous people in Peru.
Sponsors: Penn Humanities Forum, University Museum Library, Cinema Studies, Latin American/Latino Studies, Philadelphia Film Society
January 12, 2014
Ghosts and Numbers Dir. Alan Klima.
Speakers: Justin McDaniels, Penn Religious Studies, and Skowman Hastanan, Thai–American political artist.
In this impressionistic documentary, the stock market crash in Thailand as understood locally via the spiritual world.
Sponsors: Penn Humanities Forum, Penn Religious Studies, University Museum Library, Cinema Studies, Philadelphia Film Society
February 9, 2014
Dal Puri Diaspora (Trinidad & India, 2012) Dir. Richard Fung.
Speakers: Chi-ming Yang, Penn English Department, and Special Surprise Guest Director Richard Fung.
Dal Puri is a scrumptious Trinidadian desi food, reflecting a legacy of globalization in enforced labor, and representing the persistence of culture against the odds.
Closing party: Trinidadian Dal Puri and rotis from the Brown Sugar Bakery
Sponsors: Penn Humanities Forum, Asian American Studies, South Asian Studies, South Asia Center, University Museum Library, Cinema Studies, Philadelphia Film Society, Bryn Mawr College, Swarthmore College.