Film Magistery #7: 12 Years A Slave/A Man in Chains

In the seventh episode of Film Magistery Dino talks about slavery throughout history. The Code of Hammurabi is mentioned, and so is the slavery in Africa, Europe and the United States.  And do we have slavery in modern times, here in 2017?
The reference to the concept of slavery is Steve McQueen’s powerful film 12 Years A Slave (2013).

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12 Years A Slave, poster

Resources

Code of Hammurabi.
http://www.sacred-texts.com/ane/ham/ham05.htm

Roger Crowley, Conquerors: How Portugal Forget The First Global Empire, 2002.

International Labor Organization: 21 million are now victims of forced labor
http://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/newsroom/news/WCMS_181961/lang–en/index.htm

Slave Voyages

How Many Slaves Landed in the U.S.?

“12 Years a Slave.” Dir. Steve McQueen. Fox Searchlight, 2013.

Hans Zimmer: Solomon
Copyright © 2013 Columbia Records

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Film Magistery #6: Burn After Reading/Age of Bullsh*t

In the sixth episode of Film Magistery Dino talks about the abundance of bullshit today around us and Coens’ underrated film ‘Burn After Reading’ (2008), a tongue-in-cheek spy film about some people who know nothing, but pretend to know a lot. It says a lot about the cultural and interpersonal condition of the modern society today.
We ask what bullshit is and why is there so much of it around us.

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References:
Harry Frankfurt, On Bullshit, 2005.

Photo “I’m not a liar!” by Tristan Schmurr
Licence: Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

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18 Unbelievably Expensive Artworks That Sold
For Millions This Year
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/17/most-expensive-art-2013_n_4454930.html

This painting just sold for $46.5 million at Sotheby’s in New York
http://www.businessinsider.com/afp-rothko-painting-sells-for-46.5-million-in-ny-auction-2015-5?r=US&IR=T&IR=T

Film Magistery #5: The Fountain/Eternal Love

In the fifth episode of Film Magistery the subject is eternal love (and human existence). As the reference is used Darren Aronofsky’s beautifully shot and edited film The Fountain (2006) with excellent performances by Rachel Weisz and Hugh Jackman.

Is love truly eternal, and is it the hidden knowledge just beyond our perception and physical reality? What if we can live forever?

Film Magistery #4: The Lives of Others/Surveillance

In the fourth episode of Film Magistery Dino talks about surveillance and how the society is subdued the heavy tracking from many different sides. As the reference to the theme the German film The Lives of Others (von Donnersmarck, 2006) is chosen to be discussed and how East Germany’s security police, the Stasi, kept the whole nation under its firm surveillance. Bentham’s concept of Panopticon is mentioned as an important element in discussion about surveillance.

But what does surveillance mean to us? Does it concern us on a personal level or are we just saying “I don’t care; they can monitor me anywhere and anytime – I have nothing to hide”? But what when surveillance is undertaken by private companies, domestic or foreign governments? Dino asks if a society should passively accept surveillance or perhaps contest it and demand from politicians to legislate and control it.

There is also a mentioning of some other examples of films with surveillance as the main theme: The Conversation, Minority Report, Caché, Brazil, Rear Window etc.

Relevant links:

The Lives of Others (IMDb)

The Lives of Others (Letterboxd)

Film Magistery YouTube channel

Surveillance (Wikipedia)

Michel Foucault – Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison

David Phillips – Identity and Surveillance Play in Hybrid Space

Online Territories: Globalization, Mediated Practice and Social Space, 2011.

Julia Angwin – Dragnet Nation

Hubertus Knabe – The Dark Secrets of a Surveillance State (Ted Salon)

Dino’s Uncomplete Film Masterpiece list

Film Magistery #3: Bob Roberts/Donald Trump & A Post-Factual Society

In the third episode of Film Magistery Dino talks about Tim Robbins’ Bob Roberts (1992), a satirical mockumentary about a young right-wing conservative folk-singer who runs for the US Senate. The film’s political theme is compared to the current presidential election in the USA and Donald Trump. Dino asks if the election of both Bob Roberts and Donald Trump is a clear sign that we live in a post-factual society.

There is also a mentioning of some other examples of political films: The Candidate, Wag The Dog, Election, The Ides of March etc.

Relevant links: 
Bob Roberts (IMDb)
Bob Roberts (Letterboxd)
Film Magistery YouTube channel
Huffington Post: An Oral History Of ‘Election’, 15 Years Later
Roger Ebert: Bob Roberts