UnionDocs’ December events

December Events at UnionDocs:

The poetics and politics of Glauber Rocha and the Cinema Novo

Saturday, December 1 at 7:30pm

 Suggested donation $9

“While Latin America bemoans its general wretchedness, the foreign interlocutor cultivates a taste for this wretchedness not as a tragic symptom, but rather as simple formal information for his field of interest. Neither does the Latin convey his true wretchedness to civilized man nor does civilized man truly comprehend the Latin’s wretchedness. What turned Cinema Novo into an internationally important phenomenon was the degree of its commitment to the truth; once written by the literature of the thirties, this very miserabilism was now photographed by the cinema the sixties. If it was once written as a social condemnation, today it is discussed as a political problem.”  – Glauber Rocha in “AESTHETIC OF HUNGER”

Historian of Brazil, Marc A. Hertzman (Center for Brazilian Studies, Columbia University) will be in attendance for a discussion.
This event was curated by Marcia Mansur.

Forest of Bliss with Richard Allen

Sunday, December 2 at 7:30pm
Suggested donation $9

Forest of Bliss is intended as an unsparing but ultimately redeeming account of the inevitable griefs and frequent happinesses that punctuate daily life in Benares, one of the world’s most holy cities. The film unfolds from one sunrise to the next without commentary, subtitles or dialogue. It is an attempt to give anyone who sees it a wholly authentic though greatly magnified view of the matters of life and death that are portrayed. Of the multitude at work, at play and at prayer, three indivividuals are seen in somewhat greater detail than others. They are a healer of great geniality who attends the pained and troubled, a baleful and untouchable King of the Great Cremation Ground who sells the sacred fire, and an unusually conscientious priest who keeps a small shrine on the banks of the Ganges.

Richard Allen, Kathryn Myers, and Dr. Pradosh K. Misrha will be in attendance for discussion.

Upcoming Events at UnionDocs:

Those Strange, Inescapable Lines and Slivers

Saturday, December 8 at 7:30pm
Suggested donation $9

Brave New York & Radioactive City with Richard Sandler

Sunday, December 9 at 7:30pm
Suggested donation $9

Hello Happiness: A Holiday Party featuring Tony Conrad & Guests Presented by Marie Losier

Saturday, December 15 at 7:30pm
Suggested donation $10

Sunday, December 16 at 7:30pm
Suggested donation $9

If you could help us spread the word about these events in any of your publications, we would really appreciate it. For more information about these events, please check out the linked titles. If you do end up publishing something about the events, please let us know!


Caitlin Dronen
322 Union Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211



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