The East Lansing Film Festival will take place from November 3rd to the 10th. Films will be shown at Hannah Community Center, Studio C cinema, and Wells Hall on campus. Check out the website for the full listing of films, times, and locations.
Son of Saul, directed by Laszlo Nemes
Winner of the 2016 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Son of Saul follows a Hungarian Jewish prisoner (Gez Rohig) in Auschwitz who works as a Sonderkommando, participating as a cog in the Nazis’ extermination machine. In a haunting exploration of the struggle to maintain one’s humanity in the midst of so much killing, Saul is determined to give the body of a young boy a proper Jewish burial.
Amy Simon (William and Audrey Farber Chair in Holocaust Studies, MSU) and Ken Walzer (History Professor Emeritus, MSU) will introduce the film, provide comments at the conclusion, and then lead a discussion about the film.
Junior and Senior XA and PW majors are invited to attend the Day of Professionalization on Friday, January 27th. The event, which takes place in the Technology Innovation Center on Grand River (above Jackson Zone), is meant to help our students learn topics such as networking, interviewing, resumes, and negotiating salaries. Workshops begin at 9am, and continue until lunch. At lunch, students will break up into small groups to eat and talk with professionals from various organizations in Mid-Michigan. This is a valuable experience for those students who attend.
Presented by Yelena Kalinsky
Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 sci-fi masterpiece, based loosely on the Strugatsky brothers’ novel Roadside Picnic, takes place in a dystopian world where a mysterious Zone is sealed off by the government and is said to grant one’s deepest unconscious wish. Unable to resist the Zone’s pull, the Stalker of the title leads a washed-up writer and a cynical scientist on a spiritual and philosophical quest to the heart of the Zone. The illusion of continuous action through the constantly shifting landscape and strange, nondiegetic sound cast a seductive spell while ultimately frustrating any single interpretation.
Free and open to the public.