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Nostalgia for the Light: Broad Underground Film Series

Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2019    7–9pm

Patricio Guzman’s 2010 documentary, Nostalgia for the Light, calls upon viewers to explore the aesthetics, ethics, and technologies of memorialization amidst and in the wake of oppressive regimes. Rooted in the arid ecology of the Atacama Desert—a celebrated site for cutting-edge astronomical research and archaeological survey—the film parses the similarities between astronomers’ search for deep human history among the stars and Chilean women’s search for “disappeared” loved ones in the desert’s parched earth. Introduced by Scott Boehm, Assistant Professor of Spanish in MSU’s department of Romance Languages and Classical Studies and Shannon Schmoll, Director of MSU’s Abrams Planetarium, this screening and discussion of Nostalgia for the Light at Abrams Planetarium traces the ecosystem of people, landscapes, technologies, and politics that has shaped the memorialization of Pinochet’s victims.

This event is offered in connection with The Edge of Things: Dissident Art Under Repressive Regimes on view at the MSU Broad through January 5, 2020. Broad Underground is an ongoing collaboration between the MSU Broad, Film Studies program, and the Department of English at MSU. This year’s partnering venue is The Robin Theatre in REO Town, Lansing. Special thanks to the Abrams Planetarium and Lansing Public Media Center for their continued support.

Held at Abrams Planetarium, located at 755 Science Road, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48824.

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