Visions for Liberation: Third Cinema Revisited - Panel 2: Anti-Roma Racism On and Off Screen

Thursday, April 15, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM (ET)
OCL Virtual Event
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Conference & Symposia
Weissinger, James R
Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities

Visions for Liberation: Third Cinema Revisited

2021 Mellon Symposium

April 14-16

Haverford College

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Thursday, April 15

10-11:15 a.m.

Panel 2: Anti-Roma Racism On and Off Screen

  • Moderator: Mariangela Mihai

  • Panelists: Luiza Medeleanu, Alina Șerban, Lisa Smith

From romantic rebels and nomads, to fetishized femme fatales, to victims of state and communal violence, we will look at the how limited visual representation of the Roma community begets inescapable stereotypes that further its marginalisation. Luiza Medeleanu will help us contextualise the Roma image in cinematography and cultural media and the political stakes that shape it. Alina Serban and Lisa Smith will screen samples from their films and will discuss their positionalities as Roma women filmmakers; the stories they are trying to tell and why; and how anti-Roma racism and institutional marginalisation affect their lived experiences, activism, and filmmaking.

About Visions for Liberation

The symposium Visions for Liberation: Third Cinema Revisited explores the global resonances of the Third Cinema movement in the ‘here and now’ and asks how it renders for us a ‘there and then’ across its expansive contexts. Each panel of the symposium articulates how cinema is responding to the global and local sociopolitical concerns from which it emerges, and what kinds of calls to action are being made and to whom. Women and non-binary filmmakers from Palestine, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Third spaces across the U.S. share their work and thoughts on a Third Cinema revisited and reinvented. In the spirit of Solanas and Getino’s inspired question, first posed on the pages of Tricontinental in Cuba, how, in the era of Netflix and DSLR and Vimeo, has Third Cinema continued to be the most important revolutionary artistic event of our times?

Organized by Elena Guzman, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Visual Studies at Haverford, along with Ethnocine Collective: Emily Hong, Miasarah Lai, Laura Menchaca Ruiz, Mariangela Mihai. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the John B. Hurford ‘60 Center for the Arts and Humanities at Haverford College, and Ethnocine Collective.

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