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Film: The Lovers of Valldemosa Monastery, Fulton Recital Hall, May 26

The Department of Music presents

“The Lovers of Valldemosa Monastery”

of a 2010 opera about Frédéric Chopin by

Helen B. & Frank L. Sulzberger Professor of Music and the Humanities

RSVP to by May 25.

Thursday, May 26th

7:00 PM
Fulton Recital Hall
1010 E. 59th Street, Goodspeed Hall, 4th floor


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Lecture: “Freedom and Its Discontents: Varieties of Muslim Experience in Europe and the Middle East,” Professor Unni Wikan, Department of Comparative Human Development, May 5

Dear Faculty and Students,

The Department of Comparative Human Development presents: The Lurcy Lecture

“Freedom and Its Discontents:
Varieties of Muslim Experience in Europe and the Middle East”

Professor Unni Wikan
Lurcy Visiting Professor in the Department of Comparative Human Development

Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo, Norway


4:30 PM, Thursday, May 05, 2011

Location: Stuart Hall, Room 105

Reception to follow in Pick Hall Lounge

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Film: Propaganda, Turkish Circle, May 5

Merhaba Arkadaşlar!

This Thursday, May 5, we will be showing ‘Propaganda‘, a Turkish film with English subtitles at 4:30 PM. We will write with more details tomorrow, but save the date!

Görüşmek üzere,
Emma and Bill

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Film: Dream Play, Midwest Independent Film Festival, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema, May 3, 6pm

Chicago, IL – First Tuesdays with The Midwest Independent Film Festival continue with the Chicago Premiere of the award-winning feature THE DREAM PLAY on Tuesday, May 3rd atLandmark’s Century Centre Cinema, 2828 North Clark beginning at 6 p.m.  This intricate drama was fully produced in Illinois with a cast and crew loaded with Chicago and Midwest talent.  Director I. Michael Toth and producer Chris Gentry will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion with the audience.

Film Synopsis:

Mark is a new actor in town rehearsing for ‘A Dream Play’ by August Strindberg at a local theater. While trying to master the multiple roles he was cast to play, he recollects a day from his past when a chance encounter with a hitchhiker changed the course of his life and his identity. Struggling to make ends meet, he answers an ad placed on the theater’s message board by a mysterious young woman, which leads him to participate in a private play that will alter his perspective on acting, theater and his own life.


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Film: Mongol, Central Asian Studies Society, Harper 141, Wednesday, April 27, 6pm




Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan
Starring Tadanobu Asano, Honglei Sun, Khulan Chuluun, Amadu Mamadakov
Written by Arif Aliev & Sergei Bodrov
Directed by Sergei Bodrov
2 hours 6 minutes
MPAA rated R for sequences of bloody warfare.

Award-winning Russian filmmaker Sergei Bodrov (Prisoner of the Mountains) illuminates the life and legend of Genghis Khan in his stunning historical epic, MongolMongol delves into the dramatic and harrowing early years of the ruler who was born as Temüjin in 1162. As it follows Temüjin from his perilous childhood to the battle that sealed his destiny, the film paints a multidimensional portrait of the future conqueror. Mongol shows us the making of an extraordinary man, and the foundation on which much so much of his greatness rested: his wife Börte, his lifelong love and most trusted advisor.

Mongol, from its thrilling battles to its intimate romance, has the look, scale,
story and feel of an old-fashioned epic in the best and biggest sense of the word.”
Orlando Sentinel

“The action sequences here are first-rate, the performances are uniformly excellent,
the cinematography as good as I’ve seen in any film this year.”
—Richard Roeper

“As a visual spectacle, it is all but overwhelming, putting to shame
some of the recent historical epics from Hollywood.”
—Roger Ebert

“Bodrov has simply created an overwhelmingly awesome Khan who could believably
conquer the overwhelmingly awesome landscape over the course of two more films.”
—M.E. Russell

Mongol is the first film of a proposed trilogy that charts his conquest of half the
known world. If the sequels match this one, they can’t come soon enough.”
Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“I don’t know the Mongolian word for panache, but Mongol‘s got plenty of it.
The battle scenes are as notable for their clarity as their intensity…”
Wall Street Journal

“Russian filmmaker Sergei Bodrov contrasts images of sweeping
landscape and propulsive battle with potent scenes of emotional
intimacy in Mongol, his quite grand, quite exotic, David Lean-style epic.”
Entertainment Weekly

Week 5, Wednesday, April 27, 6:00

Harper Hall, Room 141
Anyone needing assistance with accommodation, please e-mail Bill Walsh at

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Film: The Officer’s Wife, Chicago International Film Festival, June 1, June 4

Together with the Chicago Cultural Center and our consular and cultural partners, the International Connections Committee of Cinema/Chicago is pleased to present the 8th annual International Screenings Program, voted by the Chicago Reader as the “BestFree Film Series in Chicago” in 2010.

This weekly film series, running May 4 – September 24, showcases 21 films from around the world that are not widely available in the U.S. The films, representing a wide array of genres from heart-pounding thrillers and laugh-out-loud comedies to soul-stirring dramas and poignant romances, demonstrate the wealth and artistry of filmmaking cultures from around the world.

For a complete film schedule, please visit:

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Film: Nomad (2006, Kazakhstan), Central Asian Studies Society, Stuart 105, April 20, 4pm

Nomad, The Warrior
A historical epic from Kazakhstan
Starring Kuno Becker, Jason Scott Lee, Ayanat Ksenbai
Written by Rustam Ibragimbekov
Executive Producer: Miloš Forman
Directed by Ivan Passer, Sergei Bodrov & Talgat Temenov
1 hour 52 minutes

Set in 18th-century northern Central Asia, a vast region of majestic beauty corresponding to today’s Republic of Kazakhstan, this historical epic tells the story of the boyhood, youth, and coming of age of a man destined to become Abylai Khan, who united the Kazakh clans against the onslaught of formidable, seemingly overwhelming Jungar invaders, and of his wise Sufi teacher. A visually spellbinding, spectacular epic of war, romance, undying friendship and loyalty with a cast of thousands (and no CGI!).
“…fierce battles, a gorgeous landscape and heartfelt performances.”
The New York Daily News

Week 4, Wednesday, April 20, 4:00

Stuart Hall, Room 105
Anyone needing assistance with accommodation, please e-mail Bill Walsh at



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Film: Genghis Blues (1999), Central Asian Society and Turkish Circle, Cobb Hall, April 13, 6pm


You are Invited to Join
the Central Asian Studies Society and Turkish Circle
for a Special Screening of the Oscar-Nominated Documentary Film:


(1999) Directed by Roko Belic, 88 minutes

The University of Chicago
Wednesday, April 13
Cobb Hall, Room 210
6:00 PM


At once whimsical and profound, Genghis Blues chronicles the journey of blind blues legend Paul Pena as he discovers the ancient art of Tuvan throat singing and participates in the national competition. Belic’s brand of freestyle filmmaking brings an infectious energy to this documentary, which is both a powerful, personal portrait of a musician and the story of a unique cultural exchange. Where Pena suffers personal injustice from being black and disabled at home, he experiences overwhelming acceptance, respect, and admiration in Tuva. Belic’s playfully earnest camera captures Pena’s excitement as he travels through the country, experiencing the drama of competition, witnessing spectacular performances, and astounding audiences with his musical ability.Genghis Blues is a testament to the transformative powers of music.


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Film: Heart of Two Nations, Armenian Circle, Cobb Hall, April 14, 4:30pm

The Armenian Circle at the U of C presents

“Heart of Two Nations” a documentary about Hrant Dink by Nouritza Matossian

Thursday, April 14
Cobb 210

All are welcome. It is in English.

Check the trailer:

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Film: The Lovers of the Valldemosa Monastery, Film Studies Center, April 17

The Department of Music

invites you to a film screening of a 2010 opera about Frédéric Chopin by

Marta Ptaszynska
Helen B.& Frank L. Sulzberger Professor of Music and the Humanities

Sunday, April 17 at 6:00 pm
Film Studies Center, Cobb Hall 306

Free and open to the public.

The Lovers of the Valldemosa Monastery was commissioned by the Grand Opera Theatre in Lodz and the Polish Ministry of culture for the Frederic Chopin Bicentennial Year 2010.

Libretto, synopsis, and more information can be found in Goodspeed Notes.

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