Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at 7:30pm
World Socialist Cinema

361 Stagg Street, Suite 407, Brooklyn

A lecture by Masha Salazkina

Light Industry will be hosting a talk by scholar Masha ​Salazkina, related to her ​recent ​book World Socialist Cinema. Its focus is the Festival of Cinemas of Asia, Africa, and Latin America, which took place in Tashkent, the capital of Soviet Uzbekistan, from the 1960s to the 1980s. Salazkina uses the history of this festival as an aperture into ​a unique configuration of world cinema, one that ​emerged​ through the entanglement of internationalist solidarities and trans-racial affinities, of personal bonds and institutional connections, of multi-faceted artistic expressions and political commitments​​.

Irreducible to North-South, East-West, Orientalist or Cold War binaries, the networks that formed the festival both ​reflected and transformed epistemological and aesthetic models across these various divides, offering a distinctive cinematic formation through which to explore the dynamics of its era. The talk offers an overview of the festival’s programming, which was unlike that of any other film festival in the world, and the vibrant culture it created. Through her analysis of the event’s coverage and publicity, Salazkina also touches upon the status of women on- and off-screen, as well as broader questions of cinema and politics.

Masha Salazkina is Professor of Film Studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. In addition to World Socialist Cinema, copies of which will be for sale this evening, she is the author of In Excess: Sergei Eisenstein’s Mexico and co-editor of Sound, Speech, Music in Soviet and Post-Soviet Cinema and Global Perspectives on Amateur Film Histories and Cultures.

Tickets - Pay what you can ($10 suggested donation), available at door.

Please note: seating is limited. First-come, first-served. Box office opens at 7pm. No entry 10 minutes after start of show.

This event was originally slated for September 29, but had to be postponed because all the subway stops near Light Industry were closed that day due to flooding.