October 20, 2016–October 21, 2016

Capturing the Imagination: Independence and the Claim to Rights

Organized by Christiana Ochoa

Social unrest and claims to rights invoke the dual capacity of the documentary form to both “capture the moment” and to serve a role in advocacy and activism. These potentials have captured the imagination of nonfiction filmmakers as well as civil rights historians and activists in the United States. Similarly, the potential documentary images hold for shining light on abuses has been reflected in films and images from around the world that articulate with the rise of human rights law and politics. This workshop explores how and whether these possibilities have been realized, and their lasting significance and legacy for both rights claims and the nonfiction form. This series is sponsored by the Mellon Foundation, the Center for Documentary Research and Practice, the Media School, the IU Cinema, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Black Film Center/Archive, and the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs.

Selections of Indian Colonial and Post-Colonial Films Curated by Priya Jaikumar, Associate Professor at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. She is author of Cinema at the End of Empire: A Politics of Transition in Britain and India, 1927-47 and has published essays on Indian cinema, transnational feminism, film policy, film and geography, postcolonial cinema and colonial cinema.