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March 3rd

Memory & Testimony - Homage to Chantal Akerman

No Home Movie (BEL/FRA, 2015, 115 min.) Chantal Akerman

Discussant: Marta Marín-Dòmine, Director CMTS, Wilfrid Laurier University

Chantal Akerman's final film is a portrait of her relationship with her mother Natalia, a Holocaust survivor and familiar presence in many of her daughter's films. For two hours, we will see them eating, chatting and sharing memories. Also, and to show how small the world has become, Chantal remains in contact with her mother at other times of the year via Skype from lands as far away from Belgium as Oklahoma or New York.

Akerman, who has died aged 65, apparently after taking her own life, worked extensively, making fiction, documentary, experimental and essay films. She also made video and installation art. The marginal position she sometimes occupied in the film world had much to do with her eclectic practice, which made it hard to assign her a neat “auteur” identity. Nevertheless, from early in her career, Akerman attained a somewhat legendary status among cinephiles as a cinematic radical, a formal innovator and a pioneer of modern feminist cinema. (Romney)

  Marta Marín-Dòmine is a Catalan writer and scholar, specialized in Memory Studies. She is an Associated Professor at the Department of Languages and Literatures, and she teaches on Memory Studies within the Master Program of Cultural Analysis and Social Theory at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has directed two documentary films on memory recovery The Vengeance of the Apple. Argentinean in Toronto (2010) and Mémoire Juive du Quartier Marolles-Midi, 1930-1942 (2012).

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