Film and Event Program

The Silence of Others (2018)

Directed by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar
October 10th, 7 pm – IU Cinema, map – Free, but ticketed
Not rated – 2K DCP – 96 min

Director Almudena Carracedo is scheduled to be present. The Silence of Others, “unfolding with all the force of a classic political thriller by Costa Gavras or Francesco Rosi,” (Allan Hunter, Screen Daily) reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, who continue to seek justice to this day. Filmed over six years, the documentary follows victims and survivors as they organize the groundbreaking “Argentina Lawsuit” and fight a state-imposed amnesia of crimes against humanity, in a country still divided four decades into democracy. In Spanish with English subtitles. Contains mature content.

Eating Up Easter (2018)

Directed by Sergio Mata’u Rapu and Written by Elena Rapu
October 11th, 4 pm – IU Cinema, map – Free, but ticketed
Not rated – 2K DCP – 78 min

Sergio Mata’u Rapu and Elena Rapu are scheduled to be present. The iconic and sensationalized “mysteries” of Easter Island have drawn the interest of the world for centuries. Today, this tiny, barren island is experiencing an economic boon as tourism skyrockets. Yet the indigenous culture and island’s fragile environment are suffering. Eating Up Easter, directed/produced by native Rapanui filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu, and written/produced by Elena Rapu, explores the dilemma his people are facing. The documentary reveals and suggests ways forward in tackling the universal complexities of balancing growth and sustainability faced by local communities worldwide. In English, French, Rapanui, and Spanish with English subtitles. A post-screening discussion will follow the film. 

Minding the Gap (2018)

Directed by Bing Liu
October 11th 7 pm – IU Cinema, map – Free, but ticketed
Not rated – 2K DCP – 93 min

Post-Production Supervisor Ryan Gleeson is scheduled to be present. Made over the course of 12 years, the Oscar-nominated documentary Minding the Gap follows first-time director Bing Liu as he discovers connections between two of his skateboarder friends’ volatile upbringings and the complexities of modern-day masculinity. Navigating a difficult relationship between his camera and his friends, Bing weaves a story of generational forgiveness while exploring the precarious gap between childhood and adulthood. “Liu’s confrontation with abuse and trauma … is an essentially and crucially political act.” (Richard Brody, The New Yorker). Contains mature content, including strong language and drug references. A post-screening discussion will follow the film.

Chez jolie coiffure (2018)

Directed by Rosine Mbakam
October 12th, 4 pm – IU Cinema, map – Free, but ticketed
Not rated – 2K DCP – 70 min

Director Rosine Mbakam is scheduled to be present. Chez jolie coiffure is a documentary about the friendships, trials, and triumphs of a group of West-African migrants living in Brussels. Alongside the film’s protagonist Sabine, a Cameroonian hairdresser whose boisterous personality is matched by her extravagant hairstyles, director Rosine Mbakam embeds herself within the confines of an exemplary diasporic space: Sabine’s hair salon. The salon is exposed to police raids and the gazes of white interlopers, but it provides respite for Sabine as she struggles against the perpetual uncertainty of her situation. In French with English subtitles.

Bisbee ’17 (2018)

Directed by Robert Greene
October 12th, 7 pm – IU Cinema, map – Free, but ticketed
PG – 2K DCP – 112 min

Director Robert Greene is scheduled to be present. Radically combining collaborative documentary, western, and musical elements, Bisbee ’17 follows several members of a close-knit community in the old mining town of Bisbee, Ariz., as they attempt to reckon with their town’s darkest hour: the long-buried and largely forgotten “Bisbee Deportation” of 2,000 striking immigrant miners. The film documents locals as they play characters and stage dramatic scenes from the controversial story, culminating in a large-scale recreation of the catastrophic event on the exact day of its 100th anniversary. Contains mature content, including violence and strong language.