Filmmaker Tia Lessin ’89 Presents 'The Janes', 35mm Prints This Week

The final film in Cornell Cinema's On Demand, Without Apology series on abortion and bodily autonomy is the new documentary The Janes, about the clandestine operation of anonymous women who aided and abetted abortions in pre-Roe Chicago. We are thrilled to host co-director, and Cornell alumna, Tia Lessin ’89 on Thursday for our screening of this timely documentary. Visiting Assistant Professor Jess Newman (FGSS) will also join us to moderate the post-screening discussion. You can read more about Lessin’s visit and The Janes here

On Friday, we offer a double-feature of films chosen by Tia Lessin which she saw at Cornell Cinema as an undergraduate, both of which will be screening on 35mm! First up is Lizzie Borden’s magnificent blast across the pirate radio waves, Born in Flames, recently preserved by Anthology Film Archives. Later on Friday, we’ll screen an original release print of the Dutch feminist classic A Question of Silence. Best of all, we’re offering this as a true double-feature—buy a ticket for Born in Flames and you can stick around to watch A Question of Silence for free! 

We’ll keep the 35mm unspooling this weekend with a 35mm print of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s latest feature, Memoria, starring Tilda Swinton as a woman seeking the answers to a deafening noise that only she can seemingly hear. Her quest takes her to the depths of the Colombian jungle. Memoria is on a permanent tour of theatres across the country and will never be available for streaming, so now is your chance to see the 2021 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize winner! Truly, this film needs to be seen on a big screen. 

A Night of Knowing Nothing (Wednesday) is a haunting reflection of the humanity at the center of widespread upheaval. Through fictional love letters found in a cupboard at the Film and Television Institute of India, we meet L, a film student writing to her estranged lover while he is away. Blended in with this fictional love story is contemporary footage shot at student protests in India, which allows the film to become a haunting reflection of the humanity at the center of widespread upheaval.

Finally, Gentleminions, this weekend is your time to shine! Join us for weekend screenings of Minions: The Rise of Gru

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image from the film THE JANES
image: THE JANES