Doc Spots

featuring 3 films shortlisted for Best Documentary Feature Oscar
& 2 visiting filmmaker events!

In addition to all the great documentaries screening as part of other series, Cornell Cinema offers six more, three of which are among the fifteen films shortlisted for Best Documentary Feature Oscar at the upcoming Academy Awards: He Named Me Malala, Meru and We Come as Friends. He Named Me Malala offers an inspirational portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban for advocating girls’ education in Pakistan. It will be offered free of charge courtesy of the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs. Meru features breathtaking vistas as it follows a group of intrepid mountain climbers who make a second attempt to reach the top of Mount Meru in northern India. We Come as Friends takes a hard look at the institutions of power that keep impoverished South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, in a constant cycle of war. It will be offered free of charge and be followed by a panel discussion. Sponsored by the Institute for the Social Sciences Contested Global Landscapes and the Institute for African Development.

Two of the screenings feature in person presentations by the filmmakers, including two Cornell alums: producer Deborah Hoard ’78, as well as director Robert Lieberman, will present Breaking Baksbat, a rare look at the psychological landscape of Cambodia, and filmmaker Erin Espelie ’01, who studied Molecular Biology at Cornell, will present The Lathanide Series, an experimental documentary about rare earth elements (the Lanthanides), black mirrors (from obsidian to iPads), and how technology is reshaping the way we record the present and replay the past. It is also a consideration of the unusual visual and aural properties of rare earth elements and the political and environmental costs of their mining. This program is made possible in part with public funds from NYSCA’s Electronic Media & Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

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