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Questioning Cinema Film Series: A Fantastic Woman

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James Branch Cabell Library, Multipurpose Room (250)
901 Park Avenue, Richmond, Va. 23284


Students, faculty, staff and the greater community are invited to screenings of landmark films in recent cinema history that tackle challenging themes in the humanities, arts and sciences. The films will be followed by a short discussion on the overall themes and subject matter of each film. Popcorn and beverages will be provided at each screening.

The events are free and open to all, but please register. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. For special accommodations, or to register offline, please contact the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-0593.

Schedule and Registration

Oct. 30, 2018, 5–8 p.m.
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
During the Korean War, members of a U.S. Army patrol are captured and taken to Manchuria by Chinese Communists who brainwash them. Back in the United States, Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, but is actually now a puppet of the Communists. Meanwhile, another member of the patrol, Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra), begins having nightmares in which he vaguely recalls what happened in Korea. Suspicious, he starts an investigation and uncovers a sinister plot.

Feb. 19, 2019, 5–8 p.m.
Primatologist Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson) forms a bond with George, an intelligent and rare albino silverback gorilla who has been in his care since he rescued him from poachers. But a genetic experiment mutates this once gentle ape into an enormous, raging creature. He soon discovers there are other similarly altered animals, leaving a path of destruction across North America. Okoye teams with discredited geneticist Kate Caldwell (Naomie Harris) to obtain an antidote, fighting to stop a global catastrophe and save George. A panel discussion of the film will occur after the screening.

April 23, 2019, 5–8 p.m.
A Fantastic Woman
Register for this April 23 event.
Marina (Daniela Vega) is a trans woman whose partner recently passed way. In the aftermath, she struggles with prejudice from her partner's family, doctors and the police. She is investigated by a detective, forbidden from attending the funeral and threatened with being thrown out of the apartment she shared with her partner.

Rated R for language, sexual content, nudity and a disturbing assault

A panel discussion of the film will occur after the screening.

Kathy Ingram, chair of the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies
Liz Coston, teaching faculty from the Department of Sociology
Afton Bradley, Transgender Health Services program manager at the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood 

Check out the Questioning Cinema research guide for links to online resources and suggested reading.


This event is organized by VCU Libraries and co-sponsored by STS@VCU.

Image: A Fantastic Woman movie poster (Sony Pictures Classics, 2017)


VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
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Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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