One of the defining and intractable issues in contemporary literature of the Global South, African, South Asian, and Postcolonial in general, is dislocated people seeking refuge across national boundaries. This Symposium is a reflection on the different states and cycles of displacement, assimilation, and return, and of the disruptions and transformations of State institutions and structures that mediate these transitions in politics and culture.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Robert Zemeckis, 1988)
Presented by Mihaela Mihailova
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a live-action/animated film based on Gary K. Wolf’s 1981 novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit? In this movie’s version of 1940s Hollywood, the cartoon inhabitants of the animated Toontown regularly work and interact with human characters. After Roger Rabbit, a toon, becomes the prime suspect in the murder of human businessman Marvin Acme, it is up to private eye Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) to unravel the truth. The film, which celebrates its thirtieth anniversary this year, remains a landmark in both animation filmmaking and the history of American entertainment more broadly. Despite not being the first live-action/animation hybrid, Who Framed Roger Rabbit elevated the fusion between these two cinematic modes aesthetically and technologically, resulting in a visually stunning and hilarious love letter to classical animation and film noir.
9 to 5 (Colin Higgins, 1980)
Presented by Ellen McCallum
Pour yourself a cup of ambition and revel in the madcap workplace comedy 9 to 5. This 1980 film crested the second wave of feminism, as the decade 1970-1980 saw the the largest ever increase in women’s participation in the workforce, according to the US Census bureau. Ever attuned to the latest trends, Hollywood saw opportunity in the entertaining side of the very real obstacles women faced during this time. Gain new and creative insights into how to get ahead in the corporate world! Starring the incomparable combination of Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Detroit native Lily Tomlin.
Alien Wonders (& Paranoid Fantasies)
7:30pm • Friday, September 14, 2018 • Broad Art Museum Sculpture Garden • MSU
Join us outdoors and under the stars for an out-of-this-world film experience featuring sci‑fi cinema, programmed in dialog with the work of Ken Grimes. Grimes is an American artist whose work explores themes of outer space, extraterrestrial life, and UFO conspiracy theories. His upcoming Field Station exhibition will be on view at the MSU Broad beginning in December. The selected films for the evening include works by Georges Méliès, Bill Brown, Craig Baldwin, and Mitchell Crawford.
—Programmed by Joshua Yumibe
Broad Underground is an ongoing collaboration between the MSU Broad, Film Studies program, and Department of English at MSU. This year’s partnering venue is The Robin Theatre in REO Town, Lansing, with special thanks to the Lansing Public Media Center.
Dor (Nagesh Kukunoor, 2006)
Presented by Sitara Thobani
Expanding upon themes of separation, loss, migration and gender, Dor (2006) draws attention to those aspects of contemporary migrant labour that are often overlooked. Based on true events, the film is about two women brought together after their husbands leave to work in Saudi Arabia. As their relationship unfolds, each must come to terms with the changes their new situation brings. Critically acclaimed, Dor was directed by Nagesh Kukunoor and features the award-winning cast of Ayesha Takia, Gul Panag and Shreyas Talpade.
The Solitary Life of Cranes (Eva Weber, 2008) and London (Patrick Keiller, 1994)
Presented by Lyn Goeringer
In The Solitary Life of Cranes, crane operators high above a city observe the comings and goings of people. Patrick Keiller’s London follows offscreen ex-lovers around London as they view the city in terms of 1992.