Passport to World Cinema Series: Watchtower

Levitt Auditorium

Presented by the School of Film and the Philadelphia Film Society (PFS), the "Passport to World Cinema" monthly film series features the past year's strongest cinema from around the globe. Each of the screenings – shown on 35mm film when possible – will include a notable international film title from the recent film festival circuit and a post-screening talkback led by a local film connoisseur.

This month features "Watchtower," a film from Turkey/France/Germany written and directed by Pelin Esmer. A man and a woman seeking refuge from the world: Nihat at a remote forest fire tower, Seher in her room at a rural bus station. Hiding away from others and fighting their battle of conscience alone, they get caught by each other. Once their lives collide, they have to fight the battle before each other.

Screenings are $5 for the general public and free to both University of the Arts ID holders and PFS members.

Film discussion led by Sunka Simon
Professor Sunka Simon is an authority on popular German culture, feminist criticism, poststructuralist literary theory and cultural studies (Wien und Berlin; Gender, Genre, and Utopia; Body-Talk: Engendering the Female Body; and Gender and Race in European Cinema).

She has published journal articles and book chapters on German popular culture and film and is the author of Mail-Orders (State University of New York Press, 2002), which explores the contemporary uses of letters and letter writing – including electronic mail – in literature, film and art. Her next book,Eurovision: Intersections of Gender, Race and Place in Popular German Culture, 1950-2000 is a cultural media study of the interdependent constructions of space, gender, race, class and memory in popular German-language hits on radio, TV, and in literature and film.

Professor Simon received an MA from Universität Hamburg and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.

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