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April 4, 2018 7PM. Screening of The Constitution (2016, Croatia/Czech Republic/Slovenia/Macedonia) in the presence of the director Rajko Grlić. The Esquire Theatre.

Croatian director Rajko Grlić tells a story about the state of his nation today, about coming to terms with the aftermath of war and the rise of extremist nationalism. Four very different people live in the same building in Zagreb but avoid each other because of differences in how they live their lives, what they believe in, and where they come from. They would probably never exchange a word, but misfortune pushes them towards each other. Their lives entangle in ways that profoundly challenge deep-held beliefs and prejudices surrounding material status, sexual orientation, nationality and religion. Slowly, and even painfully, they begin to open up to each other and recognize the essential humanity each of them possesses.

Winner of the grand prize at the 2016 Montreal World Film Festival.

Rajko Grlić is Distinguished Professor of Film at Ohio University and has written, directed, and produced dozens of films.

Center for Film and Media Studies Brown Bag Series

March 28, 2018 12:30-1:30. Evan Torner (German Studies) – "Interrogating Media Studies Through Game Studies”

Old Chem 701. Coffee and cookies provided.

Past Events

UC CFMS at the Mini: Moving images, imagined cities

Wednesdays October 26, November 2, November 9, and November 16, 2017

7:30 pm // The Mini Microcinema, 1329 Main St. 45202

October 26 - Le bois dont les rêves sont faits/The Woods that Dreams are Made of  (Claire Simon, 2015 - France)

Director Claire Simon offers a contemplative and respectful view of the ordinary people who come to the Bois de Vincennes on the edge of Paris to experience a certain kind of freedom and clarity that is not always offered in today’s society.  In this light and enriching documentary, Simon spends a year observing and interviewing the collection of people who run, walk, paint, write, think, rest and sometimes live within the largest public park in Paris.  Described by Marie-Pierre Duhamel as “a planet of its own made by ordinary people that all become extraordinary”, The Woods that Dreams are Made of harbors people from all walks of life: gay, straight, rich, poor, homeless, prostitutes, French, foreign, spectators, refugees, and parents.  All of whom come to the woods “in search of a utopian freedom” (Cineuropa) within the confines of the park nestled within the rushed and busy streets of Paris.

November 2 - Trees in Trouble and A Crack in the Pavement (Andrea Torrice, USA)

Local filmmaker, Andrea Torrice, presents her acclaimed documentaries and will talk about making films that address urban issues. Both films address urban issues of national importance by using Cincinnati as a case study.

November 9 - The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (Chad Freidrichs, 2011 - USA) and selected shorts programmed by Shayak Shome and Jing Xie (UC) and Julian Etienne (Mini Microcinema).

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth tells the story of the transformation of the American city in the decades after World War II, through the lens of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing development and the St. Louis residents who called it home. At the film’s historical center is an analysis of the massive impact of the national urban renewal program of the 1950s and 1960s, which prompted the process of mass suburbanization and emptied American cities of their residents, businesses, and industries.

Introduced by Conrad Kickert, Assistant Professor of Urban Design.

November 16 - Double Happiness (Ella Reidel, 2014 - Austria/China) and selected shorts

Double Happiness takes the Chinese copy of Hallstatt, a small idyllic town in Austria, as a starting point to explore China's fast urbanization. Chinese cities are built where histories and memories can be easily forgotten and thus rewritten. the film intersects the real and the fake through visual imaginary and commentary, interviews and songs.

Series sponsored by the UC Center for Film and Media Studies, the UC School of Planning, and The Mini Microcinema

UC at the Esquire Film Series: French-language Women's Filmmaking

September 8th-22nd, 2016

Among major film producing nations, the French cinema industry boasts the highest share of movies made by women. This series explores the thematic, cultural, and geographic diversity of that output, presenting three French films or co-productions encompassing different approaches to women’s filmmaking in the French-speaking world. Each screening is introduced by a scholar in the field of French or Film Studies and will be followed by a discussion. A limited number of free tickets are available to UC students by e-mail RSVP ( General admission tickets can be purchased online at or at the box office.

Sponsored by the UC Center for Film and Media Studies, the department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Romance Languages and Literatures, the Alliance Française of Cincinnati and the Esquire Theatre. 

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September 8th,2016  7:30 - Esquire Theatre
À peine, j'ouvre les yeux / As I Open My Eyes
(France, Tunisia, Belgium, 2015, directed by Leyla Bouzid)

Farah (Baya Medhaffar) becomes the lead singer in a rock band in the period leading up to Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution. Leyla Bouzid's "impressive debut" (Variety) conveys the fear and trepidation Farah experiences during this tumultuous period as she rebels against society and flaunts her parents' disapproval as well as police surveillance.

Introduced by Florence Martin of Goucher College. Professor Martin is a specialist of the cinemas of the Maghreb and author of Screens and Veils: Maghrebi Women's Cinema (Indiana University Press, 2011).

À peine, j'ouvre les yeux / As I Open My Eyes 

September 15th, 7:30 - Esquire Theatre
Parlez-moi de la pluie / Let's Talk About the Rain
(France, 2008, directed by Agnès Jaoui)

Following her mother's death, author Agathe (Agnès Jaoui) returns to her hometown and agrees to be profiled in a documentary about successful women. The documentarians, however, have ulterior motives and in this "deeply felt comedy of middle-class French life" (The Guardian), lives are intertwined and relationships are examined.

Introduced by Thérèse Migraine-George (Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies). 

September 22nd, 7:30 - Esquire Theatre
(France, USA, 2007, directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud)

This critically-acclaimed coming-of-age story follows an intelligent and outspoken young girl as she grows up during the Iranian Revolution. As opposed to a conventional autobiography, Persepolis is an animated film "full of warmth and surprise" (New York Times) as it depicts the life of director Marjane Satrapi. The film is adapted from the 2000 comic book of the same name by Satrapi.

Introduced by Mark McKinney, Miami University (French and Italian).

World Cinema and Television in French Conference

Panels are open to all. Please find the schedule at:

Conference Keynote: Bill Marshall "Rethinking Francophone Film: World Cinemas and World History" 

Friday, September 9, 5:00pm-6:15pm / Old Chem 701 (Reception to follow in the Kade Center - 736 Old Chem)


Poke Panel

Presentation: "Blackness in German Media"


Tuesday April 5th, 1:30-3:00 // Kade Center (736 Old Chem)

German TV producer Jean-Alexander Ntivyihabwa will speak about the beginning of the anti-racist media watch group “Der Braune Mob” and how artists and journalists of color began to rally against racism and discrimination in German media.

Sponsored by the Department of German Studies

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“Entertain and Educate”: A Conversation with German TV Producer Jean-Alexander Ntivyihabwa

Jean-Alexander Ntivyihabwa will talk about  the narrow path of financing and producing relevant music and culture-driven TV productions for the German and international TV market. Discussion moderated by Kevin Burke (Professor, Electronic Media).

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Center for Film and Media Studies 1st Anniversary Celebration

Wednesday April 13, 5:30-7:30 // Max Kade Center (Old Chem 736)

Celebrate the first anniversary of the Center for Film and Media Studies Program at the University of Cincinnati and learn about its plans for the future and how you can be involved. Join members of UC faculty, the Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission, students, community mediamakers, and all those interested in the future of media. Student films will be screened and we will provide updates on the current state and future plans for film in Cincinnati.

Refreshments will be served.

Screening and Q&A with Ernesto Alemany, director of La Gunguna

Wednesday April 20 // 

Introduction at 2:15pm, screening at 2:30pm, & discussion to follow at 4:00pm

The director of Goya-nominated La Gunguna (2015, Dominican Republic) will visit UC to present his film and answer questions.  

"Cinema in the City" Film Series

The Center for Film and Media Studies and the DAAP School of Planning present “Cinema in the City”, a series of films presented at the Esquire Theater. This semester we will show three films that represent iconic metropolitan areas: Do the Right Thing (New York), Metropolis (the fictional Metropolis), and La Haine (Paris).  Each film will be introduced by a faculty member from the DAAP School of Planning to situate its urban and invite the audience can consider how the city is portrayed through cinema. A discussion led by UC film faculty will follow.