al-Makhdu'un (The Dupes) (1972, dir. by Tewfik Saleh, 107 minutes)
Friday, February 10 - 8pm
Come through and join us for Movies at Wendy's! On the monthly, we'll be showcasing and discussing films that feature populations behaving badly: owning their stories, owning themselves, disidentifying, and generally fucking with the mold. This month we're showing al-Makhdu'un (The Dupes).
Based on Ghassan Kanafani's 1963 novel, "Men in the Sun", the film portrays the lives of three Palestinian refugees after the 1948 Nakba by following three generations of men who made their way from Palestine to Iraq on the hope of reaching Kuwait to pursue their dreams of freedom and prosperity.
HyperNormalisation (2016, dir. by Adam Curtis, 166 minutes)
Monday, November 21 - 6pm
Many of us are experiencing an external reality that feels less and less real every day, yet we also understand how urgently we need to transcend these cognitive dissonances to — first and foremost —protect the lives of those most immediately at risk and then — secondly — halt the rapid consumption/destruction of the home we 7 billion humans share with innumerable other beings.
In an effort to begin to understand the origins of this #surrealbutsoreal situation we have thus far allowed, Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves will host a screening and discussion of Adam Curtis' 2016 film *HyperNormalisation* (BBC) at Wendy's Subway.
We will begin promptly at 6pm and break for a 15-minute check-in / stretch at the mid-point. Discussion and decompression will begin promptly at 9pm.
"HyperNormalisation wades through the culmination of forces that have driven this culture into mass uncertainty, confusion, spectacle and simulation. Where events keep happening that seem crazy, inexplicable and out of control—from Donald Trump to Brexit, to the War in Syria, mass immigration, extreme disparity in wealth, and increasing bomb attacks in the West—this film shows a basis to not only why these chaotic events are happening, but also why we, as well as those in power, may not understand them. We have retreated into a simplified, and often completely fake version of the world. And because it is reflected all around us, ubiquitous, we accept it as normal. This epic narrative of how we got here spans over 40 years, with an extraordinary cast of characters—the Assad dynasty, Donald Trump, Henry Kissinger, Patti Smith, early performance artists in New York, President Putin, Japanese gangsters, suicide bombers, Colonel Gaddafi and the Internet. HyperNormalisation weaves these historical narratives back together to show how today’s fake and hollow world was created and is sustained. This shows that a new kind of resistance must be imagined and actioned, as well as an unprecedented reawakening in a time where it matters like never before."
—Adam Curtis, filmmaker
Watch the trailer here.
Z (1969, dir. by Costa-Gavras, 127 minutes)
Wednesday, August 31 - 8pm
Come through and join us for Movies at Wendy's! On the monthly, we'll be showcasing and discussing films that feature populations behaving badly: owning their stories, owning themselves, disidentifying, and generally fucking with the mold. This month we're showing Z.
Z follows the murder of a prominent leftist, an investigator who tries to uncover the truth while government officials attempt to cover up their roles in a potential conspiracy.
Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHB28qfsV2w
The Exiles (1961, dir. Kent MacKenzie, 72 minutes)
Wednesday, July 27 - 8 pm
Come through and join us for Movies at Wendy's! On the monthly, we'll be showcasing and discussing films that feature populations behaving badly: owning their stories, owning themselves, disidentifying, and generally fucking with the mold. This month we're showing The Exiles.
The Exiles is a documentary chronicling a day in the life of a group of twenty-something Native Americans who left reservation life in the 1950s to live in Bunker Hill, Los Angeles.
Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLlsAme5fIQ
Killer of Sheep (1978, dir. Charles Burnett, 83 minutes)
Wednesday, June 22 - 8pm
Come through and join us for Movies at Wendy's! On the monthly, we'll be showcasing and discussing films that feature populations behaving badly: owning their stories, owning themselves, disidentifying, and generally fucking with the mold. We'll be opening our series this month with Killer of Sheep.
Watch the trailer here.
"Killer of Sheep examines the black Los Angeles ghetto of Watts in the mid-1970s through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse.
[It] was shot on location in Watts in a series of weekends on a budget of less than $10,000, most of which was grant money. Finished in 1977 and shown sporadically, its reputation grew and grew until it won a prize at the 1981 Berlin International Film Festival."
"If Killer of Sheep were an Italian film from 1953, we would have every scene memorized."
— MICHAEL TOLKIN, SCREENWRITER
"Killer of Sheep caught the lives of the children with a fidelity to how kids really do fight, play, and cry — and how they can sometimes be cruel simply because they're so scared."
— ROGER EBERT
"What the Italian neorealists accomplished in the years after World War II... Burnett— a one-man African-American New Wave—achieved with [Killer of Sheep]: he gave a culture, a people, a nation new images of themselves."
— NELSON KIM, SENSES OF CINEMA"
Saturday, May 31 - 7:30pm
DOUBLE FEATURE: Loin du Vietnam (Far from Vietnam) & Le Souvenir d'un avenir (Remembrance of Things to Come)
Loin du Vietnam (1967, 115 min)
A landmark collaboratin between Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch, Agnès Varda, Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Marker, and Alain Resnais, in protest of the Vietnam War. Edited by Chris Marker.
Watch the trailer here.
"An important film, a beautiful film, a moving film...the cinema at last has its 'Guernica.'"
-Richard Roud, The Guardian
Le souvenir d'un avenir (2001/3, 42 min)
Directed by Yannick Bellon and Chris Marker
Chris Marker's sublime, time-tripping homage to photographer Denise Bellon.
Watch the trailer here.
A small masterpiece of montage, REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS TO COME is from moment to moment reminiscent of Resnais, Ivens, even Kubrick, but in its deployment of still photographs (as in La Jetée), its theme of history and memory, its subject-skipping montage and rapid shuttle of wit and philosophy, REMEMBRANCE is pure, marvelous Marker.
-James Quandt, Senior Programmer, Cinematheque Ontario
Saturday, May 3 - 7:30pm
Le fond de l'air est rouge (1977, Dir. Chris Marker, 240 minutes)
Movies at Wendy's is back in time to celebrate May Day with Chris Marker's Grin Without a Cat. Marker's magisterial epic touches down in Paris, Prague, and Peking, and points between as it meditates on the fate of the world in the decade following May 1968.
"Marker isn't out to invent historical truth so much as to look for it."