A quintessentially public medium, cinema has been a platform for suggesting or imagining change. From the silent era until today, filmmakers have challenged authority, exposed social problems and called for action. Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai and the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai invite you to the workshop, Shots Felt around the World: Cinema as Catalyst for Social Action, with Richard Peña, Professor of Professional Practice in Film at the School of the Arts, Columbia University.
This workshop will trace the development of various forms of the ‘social action film,’ from fiction to documentary, cinéma vérité to social analysis, melodrama to ironic comedy; each clip will be introduced, analyzed within its particular context, and discussed in terms of the effectiveness of its message.
Please note, the workshop is open only to active film practitioners and film students. Kindly include information on your credentials (including profile and past projects) in your registration email.
About the Speaker
Richard Peña is Professor of Professional Practice in Film at the School of the Arts, Columbia University. He also served as the Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Director of the New York Film Festival from 1988 to 2012. At the Film Society, he has organized retrospectives of Michelangelo Antonioni, Sacha Guitry, Abbas Kiarostami, Robert Aldrich, Gabriel Figueroa, Ritwik Ghatak, Kira Muratova, Youssef Chahine, Yasujiro Ozu, Carlos Saura and Amitabh Bachchan, as well as major film series devoted to African, Chinese, Cuban, Polish, Hungarian, Arab, Korean, Japanese, Soviet and Argentine cinema.