Fall 2014 Diversity Activities (check back for updates)
Friday, August 24, 7:00 p.m. & Sunday, August 26, 4:00 p.m., Manakamana
High on a ridgeline in the heart of the Nepalese foothills lies MANAKAMANA, a Hindu pilgrimage site once accessed only by a winding mountain footpath. Today, the sacred temple is more easily reached via cable car. This gondola's interior is the unlikely setting of Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez's carefully crafted observational documentary.
Wednesday, August 27, 1:00 p.m., Miles Ahead Group: A Tribute to the Music of Miles Davis
The Miles Ahead Group is a San Francisco Bay area psychedelic jazz band focusing on Miles' early 70's explorations ..... Bitches Brew, In a Silent Way, and material from his Live-Evil and On The Corner albums.
Wednesday, September 10, 1:00 p.m., Harvey Wainapel & Vitor Goncalves
This will be an enlightening afternoon of Brazilian music!
Friday, September 5, 7:00 p.m. & September 7, 4:00 p.m., Burning Bush (Parts 1 & 2) Friday, September 12, 7:00 p.m. & September 14, 4:00 p.m., Burning Bush (Part 3)
“In 1968, Soviet tanks moved in to crush the ‘Prague Spring' experiment in democracy. In January 1969, Jan Palach, a 21-year-old student, set himself on fire in Wenceslas Square, searing the national conscience and setting a movement alight. Agnieszka Holland's harrowing, courageous and utterly mesmerizing film, commissioned by European HBO and made in collaboration with members of the Palach family, traces the extreme price exacted behind the scenes from those who make history and on those closest to them. Across three epic chapters, the grey areas are filmed with scorching intensity, radiating both fury and hope against hope. This is the kind of fierce, historic document that never existed before, and that is arriving on schedule to feed the fires of a rising generation that is resisting a culture of lies, erosions and erasures of democracy, from Egypt to Oakland.” - Telluride Film Festival (2013, in Czech with English subtitles, Parts 1&2, 150 min., Part 3, 83 min.)
Saturday, October 5, 7:30 p.m. Laxmi G. Tewari, Hindustani Vocalist
Schroeder Hall at the GMC
Recording artist, author and Sonoma State University ethnomusicologist Laxmi G. Tewari sings in the ancient Gwalior gharana tradition with his ensemble of tabla, tambura and harmonium players from the San Francisco Bay area. Holding doctorates from Banaras Hindu and Wesleyan universities, Tewari has conducted field research in India, Turkey, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand, Fiji, Ghana, and Zimbabwe.
Wednesday, October 15, 1:00 p.m., The Jeff Denson Trio featuring Lee Konitz
Lee Konitz is a jazz legend and one of the most revered improvisers in music. His alto sax sound and concept was a breath of fresh air in the times of the Charlie Parker imitators. His performances with Lennie Tristano, Claude Thornhill and the Miles Davis Birth of the Cool sessions in the late 40's hugely influenced a new school of "cool" playing worldwide. He is joined by Jeff Denson on bass, Joshua White on piano and Jon Arkin on drums.
Friday, October 24, 7:00 p.m. & Sunday, October 26, 4:00 p.m., Siddharth
SIDDHARTH is the spellbinding and gorgeously wrought tale of one father's journey across India in search of his son. Mahendra is a chain-wallah, eking out a living fixing zippers on the bustling streets of New Delhi. To ease his financial woes, he sends twelve-year-old Siddharth to work in a distant factory. When the boy doesn't come home for the Diwali holiday, Mahendra and his wife Suman slowly begin to suspect that he was kidnapped by child traffickers. With few resources and no connections, Mahendra desperately travels to Punjab and Mumbai with the hope that whoever took Siddharth might return him unharmed. A powerful family drama both heart-rending and suspenseful. (2013, 97 min., in Hindi w/English subtitles)
Friday, November 7, 10:00 p.m. & Saturday, November 8, 9:00 p.m. Million Dollar Arm
A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball.
Friday, November 14, 7:00 p.m. & November 16, 4:00 p.m., Manuscripts Don’t Burn
“To bring us this gripping political thriller, director Mohammad Rasoulof defied a 20-year ban on making films, imposed on him after his 2010 conviction on charges that included 'making propaganda' against the ruling system. Shot in Iran without permission (the names of cast and crew are redacted from the credits for fear of state retribution), the film is an explicit attack on the evils of state corruption, violence, and censorship in modern-day Iran..Told from the point of view of the two low-level enforcers tasked with carrying out his plan, MANUSCRIPTS DON'T BURN is a brave and deeply personal film from a filmmaker with an important story to tell, willing to take great personal risks to tell it.” - Seattle International Film Festival (2013, 127 min., in Farsi w/English subtitles)
Friday, November 21, 7:00 p.m. & Sunday, November 23, 4:00 p.m., The Amazing Catfish
“In director Claudia Sainte-Luce's debut feature THE AMAZING CATFISH, the worlds of a rambunctious matriarchy and a withdrawn misfit collide and combine in a moving reflection of living and dying with courage… “This spare but colorful film—set in Guadalajara and based loosely on true events from Saint-Luce's own life—embraces the inclination to define a family as the people you choose and are chosen by, not necessarily the ones you're born to.” - Nicole Gluckstern, SFIFF (2013, 89 min., in Spanish w/English subtitles)
Monday, November 24, 7:30 p.m., Latin Band, Contemporary Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Orchestra
Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall
Kendrick Freeman leads these two bands that focus on a particular aspect of jazz. Latin Band draws on the styles, rhythms and concepts found in music from the Caribbean, Brazil and Haiti, delivered with an improviser’s sensibility. Contemporary Jazz Ensemble plays music from current jazz composers.
Tuesday, December 2, 1:00 p.m., Indian Singing Ensemble
Under the training of Pandit Laxmi G. Tewari, the Indian Singing Ensemble explores the philosophical and spiritual concept of Nada Brahma: the Universe is Sound; Music is Eternal Bliss.