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Aug. 29, 2005

UI Seminar Includes Free Film Screenings With 'Global Queer Cinema' Theme

The University of Iowa's Institute for Cinema and Culture and UI International Programs are co-sponsoring a film series with global gay and lesbian-related themes this fall. The Proseminar on "Global Queer Cinema" runs throughout the semester, with the last screening on Dec. 8.

All movies are free and open to the public and are screened on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in Room 101, Becker Communications Studies Building at the corner of Washington and Madison streets in Iowa City.

"Queer cinema has become a contemporary global phenomenon, reflecting the increasing visibility of gay, lesbian and transgendered people around the world," said Rosalind Galt, assistant professor of cinema and comparative literature in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Galt added that it is not just a matter of producing "positive images" -- but that queer films raise important questions about the roles of gender, sexuality and politics in cinema, and they often challenge narrative and stylistic orthodoxies. She said that the genre of queer cinema encompasses romantic comedies, documentaries, experimental shorts and all points in between.

"This proseminar traces some of the outlines of 'queer cinema' in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa, from some of the earliest gay films to cutting edge work from contemporary directors," Galt said.

Corey Creekmur, director of the Institute for Cinema and Culture and associate professor of cinema and comparative literature and English, said that Galt is the first UI professor to "put together a really compelling series of films dealing with gay and lesbian-themed cinema from around the world."

"This series should fully demonstrate that the relation between non-normative sexual identities and cinema has a long and truly international history: in many countries films representing gay or lesbian life in specific cultural contexts have played a key role in the political liberation of queer people in those locations," Creekmur said. "This series offers a rare opportunity for students and the local community to compare and contrast representations of queer people in different eras and societies. At the same time, these films do not simply function as propaganda for the acceptance of a minority lifestyle: they are complex works of art and cultural significance as well."

The Institute for Cinema and Culture is affiliated with the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and with UI International Programs. International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship.

For more information on the institute or to view the entire schedule, visit: http://intl-programs.uiowa.edu/academic/istcc/

For more information on the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, visit:  http://www.uiowa.edu/~ccl/

The schedule of movies is as follows:

Sept. 1: "Different From the Others / Anders als die Andern" (Oswald, Germany, 1919, 50 min.) "Dangerous Living: Coming Out in the Developing World" (Scagliotti, USA, 2003, 60 min.) 

Sept. 8: "Funeral Parade of Roses / Bara no Soretsu" (Matsumoto, Japan, 1968, 107 min.)

Sept. 15: "Fox and his Friends / Faustrecht der Freiheit" (Fassbinder, West Germany, 1972, 123 min., 35mm)

Sept. 22: "The Law of Desire / La ley del Deseo" (Almodóvar, Spain, 1987, 98 min.)

Sept. 29: "The Garden" (Jarman, UK, 1990, 92 min.)

Oct. 6: "Watermelon Woman" (Dunye, USA, 1996, 93 min.) Winner of the Teddy Award, Berlin International Film Festival 1996 

Oct. 13: "Heavenly Creatures" (Jackson, Australia, 1994, 100 min., 35mm) Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, 1994.

Oct. 20: "The Road to Love / Tarik el Hob" (Lange, France, 2004, 70 min.) "The Pink Mirror / Gulabi Aaina" (Rangayan, India, 2003, 40 min.)

Oct. 27: "Destiny / Dakan" (Camara, Guinea, 1997, 87 min.)

Nov. 3: "East Palace West Palace / Dong Gong Xi Gong" (Zhang, China, 1996, 90 min., 35mm)

Nov. 10: "Memento Mori / Yeogo Goedam II" (Kim/Min, South Korea, 1999, 98 min.)

Nov. 17: "Suddenly / Tan de Repente" (Lerman, Argentina, 2002, 90 min., 35mm)

Dec. 1: "Southern Comfort" (Davis, USA, 2001, 90 min., 35mm) Winner of the Grand Jury Prize in Documentary, Sundance Film Festival, 2001.

Dec. 8: "Tropical Malady / Sud Pralad" (Weerasethakul, Thailand, 2004, 114 min.) Winner of the Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival, 2004.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you require accommodations to attend this event, or if you would like general information about the series, contact Ellen Sweeney of the Institute for Cinema and Culture at 319-335-1348 or ellen-sweeney@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu ; Program: Ellen Sweeney, 319-335-1348, ellen-sweeney@uiowa.edu; Writer: Po Li Loo