We welcome you to the Screening Room film series channel. The Screening Room is an open-access virtual film series that allows each featured film to be screened for a period of two weeks. Guided by an interest in medium and form, we showcase a set of films that play with the boundaries of fiction and documentary, that experiment with creating visual languages for theoretical concepts, and that create stories from origin points outside of the usual centers of knowledge and artistic production. The Screening Room series also features curatorial introductions to each film, Teaching Tools guidelines for the films, and academic film reviews.
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Juan Castrillón’s Rehavi (Timekeepers) (2016) eloquently weaves documentary and fiction to reckon with the materialities of time and music. The film follows the... More
Juan Castrillón’s KİRAİÑİA (Long Flutes) (2019) is a film about searching for lost sounds and their partial retrieval. In particular, the sounds that emanate fr... More
Somewhere amid the high-Andes mist, floating above the plane of signification, where all but one toponym is offered (the mythic El Putumayo), dust particles bea... More
After a busted motorboat spark plug leaves members of the Karrabing Collective stranded near the place of the saltwater Dreaming, police show up at their home w... More
Om mani padme hum. Om mani padme hum. Om mani padme hum. Gyalpo chants in a low vibration, twisting and smoothing the beads on his mala, touching them to his ... More
Perhaps the best place to start with Kesang Tseten’s Castaway Man (2015) is with its final scene—with grainy archival footage of a man burying a time capsule in... More
Kesang Tseten’s Who Will Be a Gurkha (2012) is a corporeal film full of movement, exertion, physicality, and masculine energy. The film follows the archaic sele... More
We close out curating some of the works from Ethnocine Collective by showcasing two episodes from Laura Menchaca Ruiz and Khader U. Handal's Hay Betl7em (2018–2... More
The riveting and melodic sounds of the people’s chant inaugurate the opening scene. “Fighting for justice (fighting for justice), and a living wage (and a livin... More