A special screening of Bahman Kiarostami’s documentary MONIR, an inspiring chronicle of the life and work of Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, who pioneered contemporary forms of geometric mirror works. The film takes an intimate look at the artist’s practice and explores how she has become one of the most innovative and influential artists working in the Middle East today.
At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT, the third feature by Ciro Guerra. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, SERPENT centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant. The film was nominated for an Academy Award® under the Best Foreign Film category.