The University of Philosophical Research proudly presents a three-day retrospective of films honoring the life and work of documentarian Michael Henry Wilson in our auditorium the evenings of September 5th, 6th and 7th.
3910 Los Feliz Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027
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Born and educated in Paris, France, Michael Henry Wilson was a bi-cultural writer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. The city suffered a loss with his passing on June 26th of this year. a truly passionate cultural and political documentarian, Michael will always be a friend to our organization. We are proud to offer this small retrospective of his work to our city.
In conjunction with the films, we are pleased to present an exhibition of Tibetan art in the foyer of our auditorium. All art selected from the University’s special collection. Refreshments and select publications will also be available for purchase. A portion of all proceeds will go toward the completion of Myanmar Year Zero. For more information on our archives & organization, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event is FREE and open to the public.
DAY 1: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2014
6:00PM IN THE UPR AUDITORIUM
IN SEARCH OF KUNDUN/A LA RECHERCHE DE KUNDUN
Filmed on location in Morocco and India, this feature-length film documents the emotion-filled encounter of Martin Scorsese with his cast of Tibetan monks and advisers, who helped him recreate their lost culture in Kundun. His Holiness the Dalai Lama provides an illuminating counterpoint by sharing his memories of the tragic years that preceded his exile. “Gripping on every level.” (Le Monde). The documentary won Best Film at The United Nations Humanitarian Film Festival, among many others.
Released: 7 October 1998 (France)
Runtime: 85 min
DAY 2: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2014
6:00PM IN THE AUDITORIUM
RECONCILIATION: MANDELA’S MIRACLE
Once considered a “terrorist,” Nelson Mandela saved his country from bloody civil war and dismantled the system of apartheid through the spirit of reconciliation. Reconciliation: Mandela’s Miracle details the events that lead up to what South Africans have coined “Mandela’s miracle,” a strategy that shepherded in a peaceful transition from apartheid to a democracy. It is driven by the notion that even the most terrible tyranny can be overcome through reconciliation, as both the oppressed and the oppressors need to be liberated from the vicegrip of prejudice and injustice.
Released: 5 November 2010 (USA)
Runtime: 90 min
DAY 3: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2014
6:00PM IN THE AUDITORIUM
CLINT EASTWOOD: A LIFE IN FILM
With simplicity and humor, Eastwood retraces his odyssey from his adolescent wanderings during the Great Depression to his Hollywood triumphs. Shot in Carmel and on the sets of Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima, this is an intimate film portrait of the maverick star-producer-director who blazed his own trail while perpetuating the classic tradition of John Ford, Raoul Walsh and William Wellman.
DVD available in English.
Released: 2007 (USA)
Runtime: 81 min
AFTER THE FILM, CAROLE WILSON WILL SHARE A FEW MINUTES OF UNSEEN FOOTAGE FROM A DOCUMENTARY FILM-IN-PROGRESS: MYANMAR YEAR ZERO
The spirit of peace and reconciliation is tested as Myanmar undergoes a tumultuous transition from military rule to a democracy. This documentary-in-progress captures the uneasy mood as societal change burgeons on political, economic and spiritual levels.
Triggered in part by a crucial meeting between President Thein Sein and Aung San Suu Kyi in August 2011, dramatic reforms have swept the country with surprising speed; a seemingly impossible dream only a few months before.
From government officials to journalists, from monks/nuns to ordinary people on the streets – the first shoot of Myanmar Year Zero took place in March 2014. Shortly after the filmmakers’ return to the United States, Michael Wilson was diagnosed with cancer and passed away on June 26th. The film will be completed by his partner Carole Wilson.