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Situation, Location, Context

by Brian Bergen-Aurand Circumstance (2011). Director: Maryam Keshavarz. Writer: Maryam Keshavarz. Actors: Nikohl Boosheri / Sarah Kazemy / Reza Sixo Safai. Countries: France / USA/ Iran Circumstance– A fact or condition connected with or relevant to an event or action. One’s state of financial or material welfare. Circumstance often tops lists of recent LGBT cinema from the … Continue reading

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Call for Papers: “Emmanuel Levinas across the Generations and Continents”

Originally posted on NALS 2015 Conference @Purdue:
The resistance of analytic philosophy to continental philosophy, at least as practiced in the United States, is legion. Anecdotes abound regarding failed attempts to bridge the divide or to discover continuities that have been missed. Increasingly however, younger scholars, thinkers, and critics who have been tempted on the one…

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Five Films by Apichatpong “Joe” Weerasethakul

by Brian Bergen-Aurand World-renowned Ethnic-Chinese, Thai independent filmmaker Apichatpong “Joe” Weerasethakul (born 1970) has composed one documentary, six critically-acclaimed feature films, and more than forty-five short films, videos, and photography installations since the early 1990s. He has won the Un certain regard prize (2002), Prix du jury (2004), and Palme d’or (2010) at the Cannes … Continue reading

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The Children of Srikandi / Anak-Anak Srikandi

by Brian Bergen-Aurand Produced by the Children of Srikandi Collective, Indonesia/Germany/Switzerland, color, 74 mins., 2012. An omnibus documentary recalling the Mahabharata tale of the hero who is born a girl and becomes a boy, this essay film features nine queer women describing the paradoxes of non-normative life in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country. There … Continue reading