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IU Cinema Films
Sponsored by The Kinsey Institute

The Kinsey Institute is proud to sponsor Indiana University Cinema screenings of historical/period films representing sexual themes, and new films exploring sex, gender, and relationships.

Spring 2013
Thursday, January 24, 2013, 6:30 PM

Fourteen centuries after the revelation of the holy Qur’an to the Prophet Muhammad, Islam today is the world’s second largest and fastest growing religion. Muslim gay filmmaker Parvez Sharma travels the many worlds of this dynamic faith, discovering the stories of its most unlikely storytellers: lesbian and gay Muslims. A Jihad for Love looks beyond a war-torn present to reclaim the Islamic concept of a greater Jihad, whose true meaning is akin to ‘strive in the path of God’ - allowing its subjects to move beyond the narrow concept of Jihad as holy war. (HD Cam presentation).

Free, but ticketed.

Thursday, January 31, 2013, 3:00 PM
SERIES: Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture

Parvez Sharma is an award-winning, New York-based writer and filmmaker. His first feature, A Jihad for Love, is an international phenomenon with more than 8 million viewers in 49 countries within the first year of its release. Looking at the difficult themes of Islam and homosexuality in a post-September 11 world, the film has won numerous awards and and generated an international media blitz. Utne Reader named Sharma as one of its "50 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World" in a list led by the Dalai Lama.

Rescheduled from January 24.

Sunday, January 27, 2013, 6:30 PM

Far from Heaven tells the story of a privileged housewife in 1950s America, and is inspired by the great Hollywood dramas of that era. It lovingly depicts the gorgeous and placid surfaces of mid-century suburban family life, even as Haynes’ story breaks them open to reveal a repressed world of limitless emotions and lifeshattering desires that cross the boundaries of racial and sexual tolerance with tragic results. The film marks the second teaming of actress Julianne Moore with writer/director Todd Haynes and producer Christine Vachon, following their collaboration on the acclaimed 1995 drama Safe. (2K DCP presentation).

$3 all tickets.

Monday, March 18, 2013, 7:00 PM

Audre Lorde wrote, “I am defined as other in every group I’m part of.” Lorde’s recognition of her own marginalized state deeply influenced her work as a poet and activist. This film chronicles her fight to bring a sense of community--and with it a sense of liberation and freedom--to Afro-German women. Her profound work on racism, classism, homophobia, and xenophobia in Germany during this time period effected incredible change. Through Lorde’s efforts, the understanding held by Afro-Germans of their place in society and political empowerment was forever altered. (DigiBeta presentation).

Director Dagmar Schultz is scheduled to be present.

Free, but ticketed.

Friday, March 22, 2013, 6:30 PM

Shirley Clarke’s fascinating character study of self-proclaimed hustler Jason Holliday evades easy categorization. On the surface, it is a series of 16mm film reels in which the title character provides a vivid verbal account of his life. It is, however, neither straightforward cinema vérité nor traditional documentary. Instead, it lies between a subtle interview, a brilliant monologue, and record of performance that deals head-on with issues of documentary construction. Recently restored by Milestone Films, Portrait of Jason deserves to become a canonical film alongside the work of other luminaries like Andy Warhol and Jonas Mekas. (HD Cam. 105 min. Not rated.)

Dennis Doros of Milestone Films is scheduled to be present.

Free, but ticketed.

Saturday, March 23, 2013, 7:00 PM

More information available in February.

Saturday, March 30, 2013, 7:00 PM

Masculinity/Femininity is an experimental film based project that aims to question normative notions of gender and features original material from over twenty groundbreaking artists and scholars. Shot primarily on Super 8mm film, the project asks its participants to “perform” (in any way they like) a piece that deals with the issues at the heart of normativity and gender construction. Each performance is profoundly different, but together the project acts as a document of gender deconstruction and exploration. This is a feedback screening of the current work-in-progress cut of the film. This screening is sponsored in part by The Kinsey Institute. (HD Cam. presentation)

Director Russell Sheaffer is scheduled to be present.

Free, but ticketed.

Thurday, April 4, 2013, 7:00 PM

Master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami travels far from his native Iran for this mysteriously beautiful romantic drama filmed entirely in Japan. Like Someone in Love revolves around the brief encounter between an elderly professor, and a student who moonlights as a high-end escort. Dispatched to the old man by her boss—one of the professor’s former students—the young woman finds her client less interested in sex than in cooking soup for her, talking, and playing Ella Fitzgerald records. Eventually, night gives way to day and a tense standoff with the student’s insanely jealous boyfriend; but as usual in Kiarostami, nothing is quite as it appears. (2K DCP presentation).

$3 students / $6 public

Tickets for IU Cinema Screenings

You will need tickets for all IU Cinema screenings, even those that are free of charge. Tickets for IU Cinema events are made available the first day of the month prior to the screening. There is a limit of four tickets per person for each free event.

You can pick up tickets at the IU Auditorium Box Office, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Box Office is closed on weekends, national holidays, the week of IU spring break and during the IU winter break. A box office in the Cinema lobby is also open 60 minutes prior to any screening.

For more information on buying tickets, and directions to the IU Cinema, please visit their information page here »


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