Selfies, Narcissism, and Politics Today

This film series, presented in collaboration with Amherst College, is part of the examination of the selfie as an intersection where technology, narcissism, democracy, and story-telling meet.

All films introduced by Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor in the Humanities, Latin American, and Latino Cultures, Amherst College, and author of I Love My Selfie

During the academic year ’17-’18, Amherst College will engage in a conversation on its own self-image through the prism of selfies.

This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event—the arrest of a young man on charges that he fraudulently impersonated the well-known filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf—as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation, and existence, in which the real people from the case play themselves.
Tue, 2/13
In 1988, Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, due to international pressure, is forced to call a plebiscite on his presidency. A brash young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra (Gael Garcia Bernal), is hired to spearhead the marketing campaign against Pinochet.
Tue, 3/20