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Pasta Nera: when Italy had nothing left to give but love, pasta and polenta.

PastaNera_Foto_22How does an entire country manage to forget over 100,000 of its children were put on trains and sent away from home? How can a country so critical of itself forget one of its kindest deeds ever? How can it be that one of its most organised and successful campaigns of social activism be relegated to the archives instead of championed as an exemplary example of what even the most poverty stricken citizens can achieve? While Pasta Nera does not try to answer these questions of why, it brings to light this wonderful story of great human generosity in a time of immense need, of the coming together of north and south in a postwar Italy reduced to rubble, and of the power of women at a time when they had very little money and even fewer rights. Continue reading


Week 10 (and Homework): Radio, and Podcasts

Radio and Podcasts
A conservative list of America’s Top 25 Radio Hosts

This American Life
The Moth

Watch this

1. Read all Week 10 handouts and Week 10 links.
2. Due Tues. April 14: Final Project Proposals
3. Start doing research for final project.
4. Continue your work for the class crowd funding project.
5. By next class (Thursday) return The Transformative Power of Art last page with your answers.
6. By Tues. April 14 Watch this and have your final project proposal ready. Also be ready to present orally your team’s progress regarding the class crowdfunding project.

A Contaminated Democracy (That’s Fracked Up!)


Typically film sequels only instigate eye-rolls from moviegoers, but I solemnly swear that “Gasland Part II” is worth viewing. The prequel “Gasland” invited viewers to join filmmaker Josh Fox as he educated himself about the natural gas industry’s hydraulic fracturing (fracking) method of gas extraction – and in the process, he exposed the environmental repercussions associated with it. In the follow-up film, Fox drills into the gas industry again by documenting how natural gas companies are taking advantage of property owners, threatening and propelling them into financial ruins. Continue reading

Weeks 8 and 9: Documentary and Film

Documentary Feature
Born Into Brothels (2004)
Link: Kids With Cameras

Film Short
I Want to Be a Pilot (2006)

Lunch and Learn Workshop with Director, Conor Morrissey (Thurs. March 12, 2015 at 12:30 in Room B204)


On Thursday March 12th from 12:30 to 1:30 in Room B204, AUR’s Film & Digital Media Program is having its third Lunch and Learn Workshop of the semester, taught by acclaimed film director, Conor Morrissey.
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March 5, 2015 at 12:30: Guest Speaker -Imam Childs


On Thursday March 5th from 12:30 to 1:30 in Room B106, AUR’s Film & Digital Media Program is having its second Lunch and Learn Workshop of the semester, taught by Iman Childs.
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Guest Speaker: Christine Pawlata -Journalist, Documentarian (April 3, 2013)

Christine Pawlata is an Austrian freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker. Based in Rome, she works mainly for Dutch media as well for the American press agency The Associated Press. She is currently working on a series of short documentaries about Roma camps in Italy for Amnesty International.


Inside Job (Ayse Zeynep Ozbay)

405px-OfficialInsideJob_Poster(Before I begin, for those of you who haven’t seen the movie, SPOILER ALERT)

Inside Job is a documentary film about the 2008 financial crisis. Charles Ferguson, the director, describes it as “the systemic corruption of the United States by the financial services industry and the consequences of that systemic corruption”. The film is divided into five parts: How We Got Here, The Bubble (2001-2007), The Crisis, Accountability and Where We Are Now. The documentary starts off by looking at the laws and allowances that form the roots of the 2008 financial crisis, such as the deregulation of the financial industry in the 1980s and the increased use of derivatives in the 1990s.

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Guest Speaker: Laura Weinstein -Documentary Film Producer, Writer, Tour Guide (March 6, 2013)

A third-time guest speaker here at AUR, Laura Weinstein is a television veteran adept at high-level documentary production, development, acquisitions, distribution and marketing.

Laura moved to Rome in September 2004 after having worked at National Geographic TV and Film in Production for nearly 7 years.  Her last film with Nat Geo, for which she was Co-Producer, Dawn of the Maya, was nominated for 2 National Emmy awards.  Other prestigious films to her credit include Egypt Eternal: Quest of the Lost Tombs, Inside Mecca, In Search of the Jaguar, and Surviving Everest, most of which were big budget Nat Geo/PBS specials.

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American History X (Naomi Bar)

American History X is a film that deals with the problem of racism in the U.S. It portrays the life of a family, particularly that of two brothers, that are involved in a gang of young racist individuals. Continue reading