Patricio Guzman’s 2010 documentary, Nostalgia for the Light, calls upon viewers to explore the aesthetics, ethics, and technologies of memorialization amidst and in the wake of oppressive regimes. Rooted in the arid ecology of the Atacama Desert—a celebrated site for cutting-edge astronomical research and archaeological survey—the film parses the similarities between astronomers’ search for deep human history among the stars and Chilean women’s search for “disappeared” loved ones in the desert’s parched earth. Introduced by Scott Boehm, Assistant Professor of Spanish in MSU’s Department of Romance Languages and Classical Studies and Shannon Schmoll, Director of MSU’s Abrams Planetarium, this screening and discussion of Nostalgia for the Light traces the ecosystem of people, landscapes, technologies, and politics that has shaped the memorialization of Pinochet’s victims.
This event is offered in connection with the Edge of Things: Dissident Art Under Repressive Regimes on view at the MSU Broad through January 5, 2020. Broad Underground is an ongoing collaboration between the MSU Broad, Film Studies program, and the Department of English at MSU. This year’s partnering venue is The Robin Theatre in REO Town, Lansing. Special thanks to the Abrams Planetarium and Lansing Public Media Center for their continued support .
Professor Boem teaches Iberian literature, cinema, and cultural studies, with research interests in Spanish horror film, theater, the Spanish Civil War, Hispanic urban studies, memory studies, trauma studies, psychoanalysis and social justice. He is a cofounder of The Spanish Civil War Memory Project, a ground-breaking digital humanities project housed in the Southworth Spanish Civil War Collection at UC San Diego. He has also worked with the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory in Spain. His book project, Ghosts, Cannibals & Crime: Spanish Popular Cinema in a Time of Crisis, is a study of the recent boom in Spanish horror film, thrillers and noir as it relates to the economic, political and institutional crisis reshaping Spain in the 21st century. He has published academic articles, book chapters and encyclopedia entries on Spanish cinema, popular theater and historical memory.
September 18, 2019
Location: 755 Science Rd., Abrams Planetarium, MI
Phone: (517) 884-4800
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Price: Free and Open to the Public