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Reel Talk: “Dolores” Film Screening and Talkback

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This event is just part of Hispanic Heritage Month, presented by Monmouth University’s Intercultural Center.

Each year, Monmouth University observes National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Join the Hispanic Heritage Month Planning Committee for our month-long virtual event series including critical dialogues, performances, scholarship, and speakers including legendary labor rights organizer and feminist activist Dolores Huerta, president and founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation.

Salt of the Earth – Virtual Panel Discussion

Join us for a zoom discussion of the film Salt of the Earth (2014), a riveting documentary about the Brazilian social photographer Sebastiao Salgado and his mission to document the destructive impact of unfettered industrial exploitation of natural resources and human relations from the late 1960s on, and his own recent efforts to regenerate the rain forest in his native land. The film is available for streaming on a number of platforms including Amazon Prime and YouTube (for rent or purchase).

The virtual discussion of the achievements and implications of Sebastiao Salgado’s life and work will be led by Professor Mark Ludak, Specialist Professor of Photography in the Art and Design Department; and Professor Randall Abate, the Rechnitz Family Endowed Chair of Marine and Environmental Law and Policy in the Department of Political Science and Sociology, and the Director of the Institute of Global Understanding.

When you register you will be provided the meeting link to join the conversation. GET MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO USE ZOOM

POSTPONED – Frida – Viva La Vida

Frida – Viva La Vida is a cinematic documentary event film that highlights the two sides of Frida Kahlo’s spirit: a revolutionary pioneering artist of contemporary feminism, and on the other, a human being tormented by agony and love.

With Asia Argento as narrator, the two faces of the artist will be revealed, by pursuing a common thread consisting of Frida’s own words: letters, diaries and private confessions. The documentary film event will alternate interviews with historical documents, captivating reconstructions and Frida Kahlo’s own paintings, kept in some of the most amazing museums in Mexico.

Black Maria Film Festival

The Black Maria Film Festival was founded in 1981 as a tribute to Thomas Edison’s development of the motion picture at his laboratory, dubbed the “Black Maria” film studio, the first in the world, in West Orange, NJ. Now in its 38th year, the festival attracts and showcases the work of independent filmmakers internationally. The festival is a project of the Thomas A. Edison Media Arts Consortium, an independent non-profit organization in residence at New Jersey City University’s Department of Media Arts. Unlike other major film festivals, the Black Maria Festival is not presented in only one location. Instead, the winning films are presented at universities, museums, libraries and cultural centers across the country all year.

More information on this year’s festival at:

“The Other Vincent” Documentary Film Premiere and Closing Reception

Please join us for the closing reception of  Vincent DiMattio/50 a retrospective of work by Vincent DiMattio celebrating his 50 years as a professor in Monmouth University’s Department of Art & Design at 6:30 PM in the Pollak, DiMattio & Ice House Galleries. After the reception, there will be the premiere of a documentary film The Other Vincent at 7:30 PM in Pollak Theatre about Vincent DiMattio’s 50 year journey at Monmouth University as an artist and educator.

World Cinema Series: Even the Rain

Iciar Bollain 2010) Spanish director Sebastián, his
executive producer Costa and all his crew are in Bolivia, in the Cochabamba
area, to shoot a motion picture about Christopher Columbus, his first
explorations and the way the Spaniards treated the Indians at the time. Costa
has chosen this place because the budget of the film is tight and here he can
hire supernumeraries, local actors and extras on the cheap. Things go more or
less smoothly until a conflict erupts over the privatization of the water
supply. The trouble is that one of the local actors is a leading activist in
the protest movement.

Rated (103 minutes)


World Cinema Series: The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Mira Nair, 2012) A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall
Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a
hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family’s homeland.

Rated R (130 minutes)

World Cinema Series: Mountains May Depart

Zhangke Jia, 2015) China, 1999. Childhood friends Liangzi and Zhang are both in
love with Tao, the town beauty. Tao eventually decides to marry the wealthier
Zhang. They soon have a son he names Dollar… From China to Australia, the
lives, loves, hopes and disillusions of a family over two generations in a society
changing at breakneck speed.

Not Rated (131 minutes)

Human Capital

Paolo Virzi 2013) Dino Ossola, a small-time real estate agent who dreams of
bigger things; Serena Ossola, his teenage daughter who dates a spoiled rich
brat; Carla Bruneschi, an actress who has given up her career to marry a
wealthy businessman; Massimiliano Giovanni Bernaschi, her husband, a powerful
player; Massimiliano Bernaschi, the troubled son of the Bernaschis; Roberta
Ossola, a psychologist, Dino’s second wife; Donato Russomano, a brilliant drama
teacher who is stuck on Carla; Luca Ambrosini, a teenager frowned upon by
others; an anonymous cyclist… They are all shareholders of the human capital.

Not Rated (111 minutes)