Events Calendar

All events are free and open to everyone unless otherwise noted. See individual listings for events that require registration.

November 30

Film

Global Film Festival Touki Bouki

5:30PM – 7:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART AUDITORIUM, RM 309

With a stunning mix of the surreal and the naturalistic, director Djibril Diop Mambe´ty paints a vivid, fractured portrait of Senegal in the early 1970s. Two young lovers long to leave Dakar for the glamour and comforts of France, but their escape plan is beset by complications both concrete and mystical. Characterized by dazzling imagery and music, the alternately manic and meditative Touki Bouki is widely considered a classic of African cinema. Curated by first-year students, the Global Film Festival features four films exploring ideas in Spencer Museum exhibitions. Touki Bouki (1973, Senegal) is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Power Clashing: Clothing, Collage, and Contemporary Identities. Samantha Lyons, curator of Power Clashing, and Emily Riley, assistant director of the Kansas African Studies Center, KU lead a post-screening discussion.

Sponsored By: Department of Film and Media Studies, Spencer Museum of Art

December 01

Film

Global Film Festival As I Open My Eyes

1PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART AUDITORIUM, RM 309

As I Open My Eyes (2015) depicts the clash between culture and family as seen through the eyes of a young Tunisian woman balancing the traditional expectations of her family with her creative life as the singer in a politically charged rock band. Director Leyla Bouzid's musical feature debut offers a nuanced portrait of the individual implications of the incipient Arab Spring. This is the last installment of the Global Film Festival, curated by first-year students exploring ideas in Spencer Museum exhibitions. As I Open My Eyes is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Race, Gender, and the "Decorative" in 20th-Century African Art: Reimagining Boundaries. Exhibition co-curator Jessica Gerschultz and musician Cody Case lead a post-screening discussion.

Sponsored By: Department of Film & Media Studies, Office of First-Year Experience, Spencer Museum of Art