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Flaherty at MoMA: History Is What’s Happening


June 21–30, 2013
The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters

Each year the Department of Film collaborates with the Robert Flaherty Film Seminars on an exhibition that focuses on a specific thematic area. This year’s 59th Flaherty Seminar, ―History Is What’s Happening‖ (June 15–21, Colgate University), examines the subject of history in cinema, in order to better understand how the social and political conditions of the past are inextricably linked to the present. The films to be shown at the seminar are kept secret from the participants until the seminar begins, in honor of Flaherty’s ideas on non-preconception—letting the shape of the story evolve out of the material at hand—in shooting and creating documentary films. Each year, at least one of Robert Flaherty’s films is highlighted, in order to reflect on his legacy. This year’s selection, Twenty-Four- Dollar Island (1927), is a potent short that shows views of New York City’s bustling port 300 years after the island was purchased from its indigenous inhabitants.

Organized, in collaboration with the 2013 Robert Flaherty Seminar, by Sally Berger, Assistant Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art; with Pablo de Ocampo, curator and Artistic Director, Images Festival, Toronto; and Anita Reher, Executive Director, The Robert Flaherty Seminars.

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