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Speaking Truth to Power: From Thomas to Kavanaugh
A conversation with UCLA law professor Kimberlé Crenshaw and writer Rebecca Traister follows a screening of "Anita." Anita Hill famously spoke truth to power, a black women recounting before a Senate committee of white men the repeated sexual harassment she endured while working with US Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Her testimony set off a political firestorm about gender, race, sexual harassment, and power that still resonates today.
United States–Saudi Relations
The brutal murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018 sparked an onslaught of criticism of both the Saudi crown prince, who allegedly ordered the assassination, and of the United States’s continued alliance with Saudi Arabia. Robert W. Jordan, former US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and Brookings Institute fellow Tamara Cofman Wittes, former deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, join moderator Ian Masters, journalist, documentary filmmaker, and KPFK 90.7 FM radio host.
Candice Lin: UCLA Department of Art Lecture
Candice Lin, a UCLA Department of Art faculty member, is an interdisciplinary artist who works with installation, drawing, video, and living materials and processes, such as mold, mushrooms, bacteria, fermentation, and stains. She has had recent solo exhibitions at Portikus, Frankfurt; Bétonsalon, Paris; and Gasworks, London.She was included in the Hammer’s biennial exhibition Made in L.A. 2018; as well as group shows at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2017); New Museum, New York (2017); and SculptureCenter, Long Island City, New York (2017), among others.
Midterms Recap: Beyond the Headlines
For the first time in ten years, the Democrats are in control of the House of Representatives. November 2018’s midterm elections featured significant historical firsts, close and contested races, and “waves” of many different colors. Pod Save America cohost Jon Favreau and Kandist Mallett, politics editor at Blavity, break down the short- and long-term implications of November’s election. Moderated by Shaniqua McClendon, political director for Crooked Media.
Some Favorite Writers: Evgenia Citkowitz
Hilton Als calls Evgenia Citkowitz’s first novel “a tour-de-force, a powerful, wicked, compassionate, and beautifully written account of the dangers we keep in our head and heart, including love” (New Yorker). The Shades is a haunting tale about a British family reeling in the aftermath of tragedy. Citkowitz’s debut novella and short story collection, Ether, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Citkowitz was born in New York and educated in London and the United States, and currently lives in Los Angeles. Readings are followed by discussion with author and UCLA professor Mona Simpson, who organizes this series. Supported in part by the UCLA Department of English and the Friends of English.
Post-screening Q&A: "Period. End of Sentence."
A discussion about women’s health and cultural taboos with director Rayka Zehtabchi, UCSF reproductive health researcher Dr. Nadia Diamond-Smith, and the Hammer’s Janani Subramanian follows a screening of "Period. End of Sentence". In a rural village outside Delhi, India, local women lead a quiet revolution via an unlikely product— menstrual pads. This short film follows a group of women who manufacture and market their own sanitary napkins, empowering local women while fighting against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation.
Post-screening Q&A: "Hale County This Morning, This Evening"
A Q&A with director RaMell Ross follows a screening of "Hale County This Morning, This Evening". A dreamy, lyrical documentary following two young black men and their families over the course of five years, Hale County offers an emotive impression of rural Alabama and an intimate portrait of its people. Photographer RaMell Ross’s debut film is “a quietly radical challenge to assumptions about race, class, and the aesthetics of filmmaking”.
Post-screening Q&A: "Perfectos Desconocidos"
Post-screening Q&A with director Manolo Caro and actor Bruno Bichir follows a screening of "Perfectos Desconocidos" (Perfect Strangers). Manolo Caro, director of La Casa de Las Flores (House of Flowers), delivers an over-the-top comedy about a seemingly simple dinner. When a group of best friends gather during a lunar eclipse for intimate party in the home of Eva (Cecilia Suárez) and Antonio (Bruno Bichir), what begins as a provocative game quickly becomes a wild ride full of secrets and hilarious twists. (2018, Manolo Caro, Spanish with English subtitles, 101 min.)
Contenders Q&A with Boots Riley: "Sorry to Bother You"
A discussion with director Boots Riley follows a screening of "Sorry to Bother You". Oakland resident Cassius Green (Lakieth Stanfield), overwhelmed by back rent and a nagging uncle, is in desperate need of a job. He finds a steady paycheck and unexpected success as a telemarketer, eventually getting promoted to an elite role selling a morally questionable service. This satirical, absurdist, genre-bending film takes a truly fresh look at the intersections of ethics, race, class, and art, creating a uniquely relevant snapshot of our current moment. An incendiary calling card from director Boots Riley, Sorry to Bother You is as intellectually bold as it is stylistically ambitious.
Contenders Q&A with Melissa McCarthy: "Can You Ever Forgive Me?"
A discussion with actor Melissa McCarthy follows a screening of "Can You Ever Forgive Me"? Down-and-out celebrity biographer and cantankerous New Yorker Lee Isarel (expertly played by Melissa McCarthy) is broke. When her beloved cat becomes ill and she can't pay the medical bills, she turns to forging and selling letters by literary luminaries and finds she's quite good at it—as Lee puts it, she's a better Dorothy Parker than Dorothy Parker. Her drunken camaraderie with her lone friend Jack Hock (an absolutely charming Richard E. Grant) is the beating heart of this quietly queer film.
Monika Baer: UCLA Department of Art Lecture
Located at the threshold of figuration and abstraction, Monika Baer’s work engages with the legacies and the present state of painting. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions at venues such as Kestnergesellschaft in Hannover, the Museum Abteiberg in Mönchengladbach, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, the mumok in Vienna, and Documenta 12 in Kassel. Baer is the 2018–19 Regents’ Lecturer at UCLA and a professor at the Städelschule in Frankfurt. in the MFA program at Bard College.