Tacit Consent is an immersive performance installation about surveillance and ambiguity. Guests are invited to walk about the installation’s four rooms, where concurrent scenes intrigue guests to explore. Choreography, sound environment and video projections change from room to room in a riveting and multi-faceted work of exceptional power. More details »
Yin-Ju Chen and Marie Martraire In Person
Working primarily with video, drawings and installation, Taipei-based Yin-Ju Chen investigates notions of power and authority in human society, including scathing and wry considerations of nationalism, totalitarianism and the collective (un)conscious.Tonight’s screening features Chen in conversation with the Kadist Art Foundation’s Asia Programs Curator Marie Martraire and SF Cinematheque’s Steve Polta discussing her work and practice. Videos to be screened include One Universe, One God, One Nation; End Transmission and others. More details »
The work of acclaimed filmmaker and cultural theorist Trinh T. Minh-ha embodies a profound postcolonial critique of documentary form, interweaving visual and textual poetics with incisive grace. Trinh’s Forgetting Vietnam (2015) portrays Vietnamese landscape and culture, examining the daily contributions of women to Vietnamese society and the vital role played by water in Vietnamese history and national identity. Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the end of the American War, Forgetting Vietnam also examines issues of memory in relation to war and homeland, and touches on trauma of international scale in the context of the current war-with-no-end against terrorism.
Chantal Akerman never ceased to interrogate the meaning of her existence. In this brisk but enlightening documentary, she speaks intimately about the origins of her film language and aesthetic stance. I Don't Belong Anywhere includes excerpts from many of her 40+ films, including what would be her last work, No Home Movie. (2016, 67 min, digital)
No Home Movie is her final film; a portrait by Akerman, the daughter, of Akerman, the mother, in the last years of her life. It is an extremely intimate film but also one of great formal precision and beauty, one of the rare works of art that is both personal and universal, and as much a masterpiece as her 1975 career-defining Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles. (2016, 115 min, digital)
The performance teases the senses weaving American jazz and traditional Ethiopian rhythms. Meklit marries the two cultures to create music that transcends culture and dialect, accessible to anyone who enjoys music that makes you move! Her evolution of the genre was inspired by the guidance of Mulatu Astatke, the godfather of ethio-jazz, who encouraged her to broaden its direction. A true poet at heart, Meklit injects social consciousness and her personal journey into her music, exploring themes as wide as migration, love, hip-hop, and intimacies of everyday life.
No stranger to the Bay Area, Meklit has graced De Young Museum, Red Poppy Arthouse, Cal Performances. Boasting a wide range of vocal tones, Meklit is internationally acclaimed. Instrumentalists on her records will join her on stage with sounds of bass, drums, trombone, trumpet and percussion.
Eva Hesse (1936-1970) is one of the greatest American artists of the 20th-century. She was a pioneer, helping to establish the post-minimalist movement, but her career was cut short at age 34, when she died of a brain tumor. In just a decade, Hesse challenged and changed the field with large scale, complex sculptures and installations that defy easy categorization. This documentary explores the the life and work of Hesse, making superb use of the artist’s voluminous journals, her correspondence with close friend and mentor Sol LeWitt, and contemporary as well as archival interviews with fellow artists, including Richard Serra, Robert Mangold, and Dan Graham. Art critic Arthur Danto has written that her work is: “full of life, of eros, even of comedy… Each piece vibrates with originality and mischief.” The documentary captures these qualities, but also the psychic struggles of an artist who, in the downtown New York art scene of the 1960s, was one of the few women to make work that was taken seriously in a field dominated by male pop artists and minimalists (Film Forum). (2016, 108 min, digital)
For the last 25 years, Nancy and Steve Oliver have invited artists to develop ideas for a one-of-a-kind installation responding to their picturesque 100-acre property in the heart of Sonoma County. Join YBCA for a private tour of the Ranch, featuring 18 remarkable site-specific installations by artists such as Bill Fontana, Andy Goldsworthy, Ann Hamilton, Bruce Nauman, Martin Puryear, Richard Serra and more. Tickets include shuttle service to and from San Francisco, with lunch at Diavola in Geyserville following the tour. For more information, contact Emily Lakin at email@example.com or 415.321.1320
We begin by going back in time to honor perhaps the Philippines’ greatest filmmaker and most independent spirit, Lino Brocka, with a brand-new restoration of his masterwork, Insiang. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, says: “Shot under extreme pressures of time (roughly 11 days), money, and government censorship, Insiang has lost none of its political urgency or vitality. Brocka, the Philippines’ most internationally celebrated filmmaker working within—and against—the Marcos dictatorship, masterfully fuses documentary realism with classic melodrama to chart the fate of one teenage girl, the beautiful and waifish Insiang, who becomes hardened and vengeful after her boyfriend abandons her to the predatory sexual advances of her mother’s lover.” (1976, 95 min., Tagalog with English subtitles) More details »
What is it like to be young in Manila nowadays? You’re likely working in a call center, fielding calls from half a world away while the rest of the city sleeps. You’re likely living alone in a small apartment. You’re likely making bad choices to keep the loneliness at bay. Sleepless, a smash indie hit, is a story of what it takes to survive in metro Manila, and finding the connections that will keep you sane. Starring Glaiza de Castro and Dominic Roco. (2015, 97 min., Tagalog with English subtitles) More details »
One of the biggest movie stars in the country, John Lloyd Cruz, teams up with maverick director Erik Matti to deliver a grim tale of survival set in the cold northern regions of the Philippines. A man with a dark past must delve back into that darkness to save his family following the collapse of a massive pyramid scheme. Honor Thy Father is a tense, noirish story of corruption, religion, and betrayal. (2015, 115 min., Tagalog and Kankanaey with English subtitles) More details »
A drag princess gets pregnant following an alien abduction, and rumors of immaculate conception raise his status to that of a cult leader. Bursting with small-town flavor, this film displays a keen understanding of the nation’s evolving attitudes toward gay people. (2015, 102 min., Bisaya with English subtitles) More details »
Set in the lush Bicol countryside, this mystical fairy tale focuses on the reclusive Michelle, an embroiderer who finds profound comfort in her plain little kubo (hut). Her boyfriend and others try to convince her to leave for greener pastures elsewhere, but Michelle’s hut, and the simple things around it, communicate happiness and security in a language only she can understand. Starring Mercedes Cabral (Thy Womb). (2015, 88 min., Tagalog and Bicol with English subtitles)Preceded by Tami-aw (Serene) by Mary Ann Gabisan, an intimate portrait of a rural 4Ps (social welfare) recipient. (2015, 11 min, Bisaya with English subtitles)More details »
The young child Sipat and his family are forced by their landlord to leave their home in the mountains in the southern Philippines. They prepare to migrate to the unfamiliar landscape of the seaside, and Sipat is excited to finally experience the beach. As he and his best friend count down the days to his departure, life in the mountains subtly changes and begins to feel ominous. The majestic terrain of Barangay Tamugan, with its peaks, caves, waterfalls, and rivers, is a dramatic backdrop to this mysterious tale of childhood and innocence lost. (2015, 92 min., Visayan with English subtitles) More details »
Some consider General Antonio Luna the greatest military mind the Philippines ever saw, and the only hope the fledgling revolutionary army had against the American invaders. This rousing historical epic tells the tragic story of the mercurial genius and the sad republic that would come to betray him. Heneral Luna was the Philippines’ official 2016 submission to the Academy Awards, and one of the most popular independent films in the history of the country. (2015, 119 min., Tagalog with English subtitles) More details »
Set in the lush Bicol countryside, this mystical fairy tale focuses on the reclusive Michelle, an embroiderer who finds profound comfort in her plain little kubo (hut). Her boyfriend and others try to convince her to leave for greener pastures elsewhere, but Michelle’s hut, and the simple things around it, communicate happiness and security in a language only she can understand. Starring Mercedes Cabral (Thy Womb). (2015, 88 min., Tagalog and Bicol with English subtitles) More details »
Every weekend, Belyn and her son Popoy come to town from the rice fields to do laundry for Martha, a wealthy relative. The relationship between employer and employee takes a sharp turn when a gold watch disappears, and a clairvoyant blames Popoy for the theft. Unspoken prejudices are yanked into the open in this incisive, award-winning movie that interrogates an entire nation’s concepts of fairness and justice. Starring Alessandra de Rossi and Shamaine Buencamino. Winner, Best Film, Festival International du Film de Bruxelles. (2015, 87 min., Tagalog and Ilocano with English subtitles) More details »
Suitable for all ages, this zany coming-of-age film is old-fashioned fun with a distinctly ’80s feel. Patintero is a street game played by children all over the Philippines, requiring nothing more than a piece of chalk. With fantastic performances from the young cast, the film shows how patintero takes the place of everything missing from the children’s lives. (2015, 90 min., Tagalog with English subtitles) More details »
Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, struck the eastern Philippines on November 8, 2014, killing more than six thousand people. Brillante Mendoza’s Trap captures the reality of the post-typhoon situation in the hardest-hit city of Tacloban. Filmed in an intimate documentary style, the film features actors blending in with real residents coping with the devastation and focuses on three survivors: a mother who lost her children, a husband who lost his wife, and a son who lost his parents. Starring Nora Aunor. (2015, 89 min., Tagalog) More details »
Faced with their own mortality an improbable group of young people, many of them HIV- positive young men, broke the mold as radical warriors taking on Washington and the medical establishment. The film is the story of two coalitions—ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group)—whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. This overwhelming film drops the viewer right in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs. (2012, 110 min, digital)