10.10.2008

A DAY-LONG SERIES OF SCREENINGS DEVOTED TO JOHN BERGE’S TV AND

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Date/Time: 10/10/2008 12:00 am


Organized by my friend Sukhdev Sandhu – this event is being held in NY
– looks good for those who may be around …. bests anjx
WAYS OF SEEING JOHN BERGER
A DAY-LONG SERIES OF SCREENINGS DEVOTED TO JOHN BERGE’S TV AND
FILM WORK
Great Theatre, 19 University Place
Friday 10 October 2008
Few artists alive today have changed the way in which people imagine,
view and think about the world around them more than John Berger. Born
in 1926, this indefatigable poet, art critic, essayist, poet, Booker
Prize-winning novelist and theatrical director has produced an enormous
and ceaselessly exploratory body of work – about landscape, labour,
memory, photography, painting, time, the Palestinian struggle – that
appeals directly to both the intellect and to the heart.
It is impossible to do justice to the range and impact of his creative
achievements. WAYS OF SEEING (1972), his examination of the covert
ideologies that underpin Western cultural aesthetics so revolutionized
the study of art history that one critic has likened it to “Mao’s
Little Red Book for a generation of art students”. A SEVENTH MAN
(1975), an extraordinarily prophetic and resonant prose poem-cum-photo
essay on the topic of European guest workers, correctly identified
migration as one of the most pressing subjects in contemporary society.
A FORTUNATE MAN (1967) and AND OUR FACES, MY HEART, BRIEF AS PHOTOS
(1982) are just two of his books whose artful prefigure the hybrid forms
of creative non-fiction associated in recent years with the likes of
Ryszard Kapuscinski, WG Sebald and Eduardo Galeano.
Always, in these works as well as in his many collaborations with
artists such as Anne Michaels, Michael Ondaatje, Mike Dibb and Gavin
Bryars, he has sought to illuminate what novelist Geoff Dyer calls
“the enduring mystery of great art and the lived experience of
the oppressed.” This mystery, whose evocation has also been
central to the creative and intellectual projects of his many admirers,
among them Arundhati Roy and the late Edward Said, led Susan Sontag to
describe him as “peerless; not since Lawrence has there been a
writer who offers such attentiveness to the sensual world with
responsiveness to the imperatives of conscience.’
WAYS OF SEEING JOHN BERGER offers a very rare opportunity — free
of charge, and open to the public as well as to members of NYU – to see
a cross-selection of Berger’s television and film work, much of
it unknown to American audiences.
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PROVISIONAL SCREENING SCHEDULE:
9am ” A TELLING EYE (1994), dir. Mike Dibb, 60 min
10am ” ONCE UPON A TIME (1983), dir. Mike Dibb, 52 min
11am ” PIG EARTH (1979), dir. Mike Dibb, 50 min
12pm ” PARTING SHOTS FROM ANIMALS (1980), dir. Mike Dibb, 60 min
1pm ” ANOTHER WAY OF TELLING (1989), dir. John Christie, 120 min
2.45pm ” JONAH WHO WILL BE 25 IN THE YEAR 2000 (1976), dir. Alain
Tanner, 120 min
4.45pm ” A TRIBUTE TO GHASSAN KANAFANI (2008), dir. Perry Ogden,
15 min
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BRIEF FILM SYNOPSIS:
* A TELLING EYE — documentary tracing the development of
Berger’s work for television
* ONCE UPON A TIME — spellbinding meditation on the relationship
between art, time and storytelling
* PIG EARTH – highly acclaimed film about French peasantry made with
Swiss photographer Jean Mohr
* PARTING SHOTS FROM ANIMALS — innovative documentary essay about
the relationship between human beings and the animal world
* ANOTHER WAY OF TELLING — complete four-part series exploring
the nature and potential of the photographic image
* JONAH WHO WILL BE 25 IN THE YEAR 2000 — Alain Tanner directs
this witty, moving examination, scripted by Berger, of eight characters
struggling to keep alive the dream of 1968
* A TRIBUTE TO GHASSAN KANAFANI — deeply affecting reading of a
short story written by the distinguished Palestinian author assassinated
by Mossad in 1972
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Presented by the Colloquium for Unpopular Culture — with special
thanks to John Berger, Alexandra Chang, John Christie, Mike Dibb, Gareth
Evans

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