Thursday, September 15, 6:30pm: Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona BenjaminÂ (2015)Â andÂ Next Year in BombayÂ (2010)
This double feature pairs two short documentaries that explore aspects of the Bene Israel Jewish community in Mumbai, India.Blue Like MeÂ _follows artist Siona Benjamin as she travels back to her childhood home whileÂ _Next Year in BombayÂ explores the community’s traditions through the eyes of one family.
Thursday, September 29, 6:30pm: Shree 420Â (1955)
This classic Bollywood film stars Nadira, a Baghdadi Jewish actress. In early 20th Century India, Jewish actresses were able to play roles denied Hindu and Muslim women because of religious and cultural restrictions.Â Shree 420Â tells the story of a country boy, played by director Raj Kapoor, who comes to the big city with dreams of success but is distracted by wicked temptations.
Thursday, October 27, 6:30pm: Herman’s HouseÂ (2013), discussion afterward led by Barbara Nelson, lead architect, Breathing Lights and Executive Director at TAP Inc., the Capital Region’s Community Design Center
In partnership with the award-winning documentary series POV, WMHT and the Breathing Lights project, a multi-city art installation in Albany, Schenectady, and Troy, Opalka presentsÂ Herman’s HouseÂ (2013), a film about friendship between the longest-serving prisoner in solitary confinement and an artist who reached out to him and a testament to the transformative power of art.
Thursday, November 10, 6:30pm: Eva HesseÂ (2016)
This highly acclaimed documentary includes dozens of new interviews, high quality footage of Eva Hesse’s artwork and a wealth of newly discovered archival imagery to trace the artist’s path and engages in a lively investigation into the creative community of 1960’s New York and Germany.
Thursday, December 1, 6:30pm: Peggy Guggenheim: Art AddictÂ (2015)
Filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland examines the life of famed art collector, Peggy Guggenheim, and how her relationships with major figures such as Duchamp, Pollock and Rothko were entwined with her passion for contemporary art. The film is a glimpse into the world of a colorful character, who was not only ahead of her time but also helped define it.