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Film Screening: In the Birch Grove

General Programming

dateOctober 27, 2015 timeTuesday, 6:15pm–8:15pm EDT location Dodge Hall, Lifetime Screening Room (Room 511), Columbia University

The Heyman Center for the Humanities present a provocative research film, In the Birch Grove (2012, 30mins), by Professor Alan Marcus, Chair in Film and Visual Culture (University of Aberdeen), who will give a short introduction and discuss the work after the screening.

The film focuses on an iconic post-traumatic site from a contemporary context, filtered through the account of an unlikely perpetrator. Eschewing archival imagery, the work uses close observation and metaphor to convey an experiential engagement, posing questions about cultures of memorialization. The catalyst for researching the topic followed from finding a professor’s unusual diary and a conversation with Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel. Professor Marcus’s research films on post-traumatic sites have been the subject of over 50 conference keynotes and invited talks in the last ten years, including at Harvard, Princeton and Cambridge.

Professor Marcus will be joined by Malgorzata Mazurek as commentator and Mark Mazower as chair.

  • Speaker Alan Marcus Head of Film and Visual Culture University of Aberdeen
  • Commentator Małgorzata Mazurek Associate Professor of Polish Studies Columbia University
  • Chair Mark Mazower Ira D. Wallach Professor of World Order Studies Department of History, Columbia University