Events

An Inconsolable Memory: Films of Aryan Kaganof

General Programming

Cosponsors
  • The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies
  • Institute of African Studies
  • School of the Arts M.A. in Film Studies Program
  • Department of Art History and Archeology

South African independent filmmaker Aryan Kaganof will present and discuss his selected films, most of which have never been seen in the United States. He will be joined in discussion by Richard Peña, Professor of Professional Practice in Film at School of the Arts at Columbia; Hlonipha Mokoena, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Columbia; Sean Jacobs; Assistant Professor of International Affairs at The New School; and Anna Grimshaw, professor of Anthropology at Emory University.

The screenings, will include the U.S. premiere of An Inconsolable Memory, Kaganof’s 2013 documentary on The Eoan Group Book Project, a Stellenbosch University initiative to collect the forgotten history of a group of “coloured” performers from Cape Town’s District Six who performed Italian opera to mixed audiences during and after apartheid, and the world premiere of Night is Coming: A Threnody for the Victims of Marikana, an examination of past and current South African culture through the lens of the 2012 strikes in the Rustenburg area of Marikana, which resulted in the deaths of 48 people, most of whom were striking miners in the single most lethal use of force by South African security forces against civilians since the Sharpeville Massacre of 1960.

Other featured films include the U.S. premiere of Guerilla Blues and Holy Ghosts, a compelling portrait of Gylan Kain, one of the founders of “The Last Poets”, the Harlem spoken-word group established in 1968 which is said to be a precursor to Hip Hop; and the U.S. premiere of The Uprising of Hangberg, Kaganof and Dylan Valley’s dynamic documentary of the struggles of the marginalized communities of the Hout Bay suburb of Cape Town when police tried to forcibly remove them from their homes. Also featured will be Nice to Meet You, Please Don’t Rape Me, Kaganof’s 1994 musical satire of the newly post-apartheid South Africa.

Featured screenings begin at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, March 11.

On March 12, discussions and screenings begin at 3:15 pm.

Admission is free. Registration and further information at The Italian Academy website.

Program

March 11, 2014  Tuesday

5:30pm - 5:45pm EDT

Welcome and Introduction with David Freedberg

5:45pm - 6:45pm EDT

Film Screening: "Nice to Meet You, Please Don't Rape Me" (1994); 35 min.; NY Premiere. Followed by discussion.

Aryan Kaganof

Filmmaker

Hlonipha Mokoena

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Columbia University

6:45pm - 8:35pm EDT

Film Screening: "An Inconsolable Memory" (2013); 110 min.; US Premiere

March 12, 2014  Wednesday

3:15pm - 3:30pm EDT

Welcome and Introduction

3:30pm - 5:30pm EDT

Film Screening: "Night is Coming: A Threnody for the Victims of Marikana" (2014); 52 min.; World Premiere. Followed by discussion.

Anna Grimshaw

Professor of Anthropology

Emory University

Sean Jacobs

Assistant Professor of International Affairs

The New School of Public Engagement

Aryan Kaganof

Filmmaker

Hlonipha Mokoena

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Columbia University

Richard Peña

Professor of Professional Practice in Film

Columbia University

5:30pm - 7:00pm EDT

Film Screening: "Guerilla Blues and Holy Ghosts" (2012); 60 min.; NY Premiere. Followed by discussion.

Aryan Kaganof

Filmmaker

Richard Peña

Professor of Professional Practice in Film

Columbia University

7:00pm - 8:30pm EDT

Film Screenings: "The Uprising of Hangberg" (2011); 90 min.; US Premiere. Directed by Aryan Kaganof and Dylan Valley
Participants
  • Aryan Kaganof Filmmaker
  • Richard Peña Professor of Professional Practice in Film Columbia University
  • Hlonipha Mokoena Associate Professor of Anthropology Columbia University
  • Sean Jacobs Assistant Professor of International Affairs The New School of Public Engagement
  • Anna Grimshaw Professor of Anthropology Emory University
  • David Freedberg Pierre Matisse Professor of the History of Art and Director of The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America Columbia University