Published in Inside - Volume XIV, No. 3
TC has long been known as a locus for provocative and insightful films that probe societal fault lines. But this fall the College has been particularly active on the cinema front, sponsoring or hosting films that examine everything from hip hop in
The 16th annual African Diaspora Film Festival opens on Friday, November 28th, and runs through December 14th. The festival, founded by the husband-wife team of TC adjunct instructor Reinaldo Barroso-Spech and Diarah N’Daw Spech, Financial Director at the College’s Center for Educational Outreach and Innovation (CEO&I), is being held in six venues in
The festival will hold its centerpiece screening of The Black List, a documentary in which well-known African Americans recount their personal stories, at the
Meanwhile, the Gottesman Libraries launched two film series this fall. The newest is designed to support faculty research interests and academic programs. Senior Librarian Jennifer Govan said the two films shown so far, I Love Hip Hop in Morocco and More Zen, Less Phobia, were the result of requests by faculty members.
In fact, Louis Cristillo, a lecturer in international and transcultural studies and Project Director for the Muslim Youth in New York City Public Schools Study, not only requested that I Love Hip Hop in Morocco be shown, but helped arrange for the film’s co-director, Joshua Asen, to attend the screening and take part in a panel discussion.
“There are no set topics. We are purely responding to the needs of faculty,” Govan said. “Faculty members are very interested in film, which is great because we can help support the courses they are teaching and the research they are doing by showing these films.”
In addition to the faculty film series, the Gottesman Libraries launched its annual Fall Film Series from September through November. This year, the library screened Education in America and This Brave Nation to prompt discussion on the history and development of schooling. Education in