Films

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Film | Her Truth: 3 Short Films and Director's Talk

Sun, Apr 14, 2024 | 12:30–2:30 pm
Reynolds Lecture Hall

Enjoy a talk by Moroccan American screenwriter and director Yossera Bouchtia and see three of her short films that navigate the gap between the Eastern and Western worlds. In Afri, the Coming Night (2021,10 min.), a young girl searches for her brother as the mysterious desert night descends. Film scholar J.M. Tyree called it "an extraordinary neo-realist piece . . . revealing the interconnected lives and landscapes of Morocco."  In I Am Selma (2015,12 min.), a shy Muslim teen struggles to find her niche in the post-9/11 United States. Into the Void (2021,19 min.) tells the story of the late Vera Rubin, an astronomer who challenged the scientific patriarchy.

$8 ($5 VMFA and JRFS members) 
Tickets available online at jamesriverfilm.org or at the door


Film | Silent Classic Vampyr with Live Music by Cast Shadows and Sbowe

Sun, Apr 14, 2024 | 3–4:30 pm
Reynolds Lecture Hall

RVA ensemble Cast Shadows, performing with Sbowe, plays their "carney cabaret" music during this screening of Carl Theodor Dreyer's silent film Vampyr (1932). A successor to F.W. Murnau's 1922 Nosferatu, this strange atmospheric tale is the stuff of nightmares, and was a cult film upon its release.

$8 ($5 VMFA and JRFS members)
Tickets available online at jamesriverfilm.org or at the door


Film | Kagemusha

Two screenings:
Fri, May 31, 2024 | 6:30–9:30 pm or Sun, June 2, 2024 | 1–4 pm
Reynolds Lecture Hall
 
Akira Kurosawa, Japan’s master film director, painstakingly created this tale of feudal Japan in extraordinary full color and lavish detail, including actual 16th-century costumes and armor lent by Japanese museums. The icons and ceremony of war, shoguns, and samurai are depicted with accuracy as is the dramatic final 1575 battle of Nagashino. Recruited to be a “kagemusha,” or political decoy, a thief takes over when an aging warlord dies. The thief’s abilities are tested and his hubris revealed. (1980; 2 hrs 40 mins plus intermission; Japanese language subtitled in English; Rated PG) 
 
$8 (VMFA members $5)

VMFA presents Kagemusha in honor of its special exhibition Samurai Armor from the Collection of Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller.