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Film Worlds

Film Worlds is very pleased to be affiliated with UMIH for 2013-2014. Film Worlds is a research cluster that encourages interdisciplinary engagement with film and the moving image, historically and at the contemporary moment.

For 2013-14, the Film Worlds Research Cluster will explore the theme of “Film/Video/Screens: Politics, Activism, and Visual Space”. We seek to engage with the numerous ways in which the production, screening, and dissemination of films participate in political projects. This will includes examination of state-sponsored filmmaking and the spaces in which films come to have meaning (historically and in the present-day), as well as the ways in which movements for social change have utilized film and film screenings as means to promote engagement with specific issues, mobilize communities, or facilitate new modes of self-expression. Our programming also considers the relationship between cinematic vision and experiences of modernity. Full details on these events will be made available as they are confirmed.
Film Worlds also runs a regular reading group to discuss common readings on issues related to film, moving images, and their social worlds.

New members are always welcome.

Contact Person: Dr Jonah Corne (English, Film & Theatre)

Reading group coordinator: Tina Chen (History)

  2013-14 Events for the Film Worlds Cluster

February 7-8, 2014

Canadian Sport Film Festival

Outdoor Screenings at The Forks on Feb. 8 sponsored by Film Worlds (Free Admission)

Program: Saturday, February 8, Outdoor Screening (The Forks, “Snowscreen,” 5:30pm, with repeat screening at 7pm)

Faith’s Goal (Canada, documentary, 2013, 5 min, dir: Elizabeth Lee)

Manitoba premiere

Eleven-year-old Faith Walker recounts her experiences playing in a previously all-boys’ hockey league, with advice from 2014 Canadian Olympian Jenn Wakefield.

The No Regretzkeys (Canada, documentary, 2009, 8 min, co-dirs: Derek Eidse, Ruprict Haacke, Shira Newman, Kevin Nikkel)

An unlikely group of non-athletes decide to take a leap into the world of surprisingly competitive beer-league hockey.

The Basketball Game (Canada, animation, 2011, 5 min, dir: Hart Snider)

Manitoba premiere

Nine-year-old Hart is attending Jewish summer camp for the first time, when he finds himself part of an epic basketball game between his camp and students of a notorious local Holocaust denier. What awaits him on the basketball court? 

The Perfect Fit (Scotland, documentary, 2011, 9 min, dir: Tali Yankelevich)

Canadian premiere

Ballet shoes might be worn by delicate girls, but they are crafted by burly men, whose hands tell a different story. A perfectionist shoemaker pounds his soul out making each pair, as he tries to ease the burden on the dancers’ feet.

The Toilers of ‘33 (Canada, documentary, 2010, 5 min, dir: Kevin Nikkel)

The tragic story of the Winnipeg Toilers, the 1933 men’s Canadian basketball champions. After a successful trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma, the team’s plane crashed on the way home, killing 2 players and injuring many others. Hugh Pennwarden, son of one of the survivors tells his father's story.

Away (USA, documentary, 2012, 14 min, dir: Elisa Bates)

Canadian premiere 

A look at the subculture of New York City surfing through the lens of three women that surf at Rockaway Beach.

The Oval: A Halifax Story (Canada, documentary, 2012, 5 min, dir: Jamie Tiernay)

Manitoba premiere

A visual love letter to Halifax’s ice skating oval, the city’s new outdoor rink.

Rooting for the Home Team (Brazil, documentary, 2012, 5 min, dir: Erick Boustead through consultation with Comunidades do Trilho)

Canadian premiere

Faced with displacement by World Cup 2014 construction, 22 communities in Fortaleza, Brazil, fight to remain in the homes they have occupied for generations.


March 12, 2014, Cinematheque. 

Screening of Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

Panel Discussion to follow (speakers tbd)

Details for tickets will be available in mid-February.


March 7 - May 11, 2014 Plug In Gallery

"Sensing the Future: Moholy-Nagy, Media and the Arts", curated by Oliver Botar

Film highlights include: 

-Projection of Moholy-Nagy’s film of set designs for the film adaptation of H. G. Wells’Things to Come, William Cameron Menzies, Director; Alexander Korda, Producer, 1936, silent.

-Looped projection of: Andreas Haus, Nike Elena Arnold, Aline Helmcke, Frank Hopper, Frédéric Krauke and Walter Lenertz: Dynamik der Gross-Stadt. Ein filmisches Experiment nach László Moholy-Nagy [Dynamics of the big city. A filmic experiment after László Moholy-Nagy], 2006. Three-channel DVD projection, silent. 

- Moholy-Nagy’s Metropolitan Trilogy (off DVD)

- other selected films


April 12, 2014 Metropolis, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Film Worlds will be organizing a pre-concert panel discussion at the Concert Hall on Fritz Lang's 1927 Metropolis. This is followed by the screening of the science fiction classic, with the original orchestral score performed by the WSO

Tickets available from the WSO.


Film Worlds Reading Group

Monday, Dec. 9 1:30-3:00pm, 409 Tier
Reading: Jorg Schweintz, Film and Stereotype: A Challenge for Cinema and Theory (Columba University Press, 2011), selected chapters

Please contact Dr Tina Chen (History): for more information.

 Past Events

On February 8th (2013) there was a Film Screening and Discussion on the Representation of Children's Physical Activity (in conjunction with the Health, Leisure, and Human Performance Research Institute seminar series).

As part of the Canadian Sport Film Festival, there was also  a free public screening outdoors at the Forks on Friday February 8th at 7:00 pm, co-sponsored by Film Worlds.

An Open Meeting of the Film Worlds Research Cluster was held on Friday, September 14th, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm
The Cluster also held a Reading Group meeting on December 12th.

A Panel Discussion, "Film, Indigeneity, and Colonialism" was held on Friday, October 26th, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm
 The Panelists were Bruno Cornellier (Post-Doctoral Fellow, Centre for Globalization and Cultural Studies) ,Tasha Hubbard (Native Studies), and Ann-Marie Murnaghan (Geography).

The Film Worlds Reading Group met on Friday, November 9th from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. The book under discussion was Useful Cinema edited by Charles Accland and Haidee Wasson (Duke UP 2011).

The Film Worlds Research Cluster sponsored a free 'by invitation' screening of Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry at Cinematheque (100 Arthur St) on Friday, November 16th at 7:00 pm. The screening was followed by a panel discussion on "Ai Weiwei and Contemporary China: Art, Film and Human Rights. The panelists were: Tina Chen (History), Holberg Kalberg (School of Art), and Neil McArthur (Philosophy). This film was part of a series of new films at Cinematheque on Human Rights.

The screening of Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry was sponsored by the Film Worlds Research Cluster and supported financially by the Institute for the Humanities, the School of Art,the Department of History,and the Centre for Human Rights Research.

The "We Rise Above: New Films on Human Rights Series" is sponsored by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.