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“De engel van Doel”

Sunday June 5  7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Concordia, J.W. McConnell Building  Cinéma J.-A. De Sève, LB-125

Directed by Tom Fassaert and presented by Marc Jacobs

Doel, a Belgian village near the Dutch border, is disappearing quickly and deliberately. Not because of the four old nuclear reactors on its territory, but because the Flemish government decided that the village might block projects for new docks for the Antwerp harbour, plans developed since the 1960s. In the 21stcentury this process of officially encouraged depopulation is coming to an end: 2500 inhabitants in the middle of the 19thcentury, 810 in 2000, and 143 in 2010. Activists react using arguments about heritage, from monuments and landscapes to heritage communities or museums, to try and stop the demolishment of Doel. Tom Fassaert (1979) decided to make a documentary: The Angel of Doel. This refers to one of the last inhabitants, Emilienne. Fassaert presents the chronicle of the dismantlement of a village but also focusses on what this means for the last inhabitants, like Emilienne and her friends.

The film series is sponsored by the Department of American Studies of the University of Maryland and the Association of Critical Heritage Studies United States Chapter

Free

Registration required : patrimoine@uqam.ca

“Remembering Sparrows Point Steel Mill”

Monday June 6  7:00 PM to 9 :00 PM

Concordia, J.W. McConnell Building  Cinéma J.-A. De Sève, LB-125

Directed by William Shewbridge and Michelle Stefano, USA; 35 minutes and p resented by Michelle Stefano
After 125 years of operation, the Sparrows Point Steel Mill (Baltimore, Maryland) finally closed its doors in 2012. The film, Mill Stories examines the importance of the mill from the perspectives of former workers and community members while connecting their story to the larger narrative of the industrial boom and bust. The film seeks to amplify the voices of former workers as a means of helping to safeguard and promote the living heritage of the mill and its surrounding areas. Combining video interviews and archival images, the film tells the story entirely in workers’ own words, sharing their sacrifices, struggles, senses of community and identity. Mill Stories has been screened at over 20 international film festivals, academic conferences, and local community events, as well as recently being honoured as a Bronze Winner by the 37th Annual Telly Awards.

The film was co-produced by Bill Shewbridge and Michelle Stefano. Shewbridge is professor of the practice in the Department of Media and Communication Studies and executive producer of the New Media Studio at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Michelle Stefano is co-director of Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council, and visiting assistant professor in American studies at UMBC.

2016 Ethnografilm Festival Official Selection Paris, March 29-31, 2016

To view the trailer, please visit: http://millstories.umbc.edu/documentary/

Free

Registration required : patrimoine@uqam.ca

“Exit Zero”

Monday June 6  7:00 PM to 9 :00 PM

Concordia, J.W. McConnell Building  Cinéma J.-A. De Sève, LB-125

Directed by Christine Walley and Chris Boebel and presented by Michelle Stefano

When the steel mills began closing on Chicago’s southeast side, residents could feel the American dream slipping away. Decades later, the loss of the steel industry has left permanent scars. The documentary film Exit Zero: An Industrial Family Story is named for the highway exit number for Chicago’s old steel mill neighbourhoods; it captures the feeling of a region passed over. In poignant and sometimes humorous terms, the film tracks the stories of multiple generations of a single family, as they build their lives in a community once dependent on the mills, deal with the fallout caused by the mills’ collapse, and face the environmental devastation that remains. Interweaving home movies, archival footage, “verite” sequences, and a first person narrative, the film offers an intimate look at one family’s experience with growing inequality in the United States and the uncertain future faced by working people. Its story reflects some of the most crucial issues facing the contemporary United States: the widening gap between rich and poor, the collapse of the American dream for many formerly “middle-class” communities, and the toxic legacy of the industrial past.

The Exit Zero Project (www.exitzeroproject.org) includes the documentary film by Chris Boebel and Christine Walley, as well as an Exit Zero book by Walley, and an in-progress online archive and storytelling site about deindustrialization being made in collaboration with the all-volunteer Southeast Chicago Historical Museum.

Free

Registration required : patrimoine@uqam.ca

“Citizen Lambert: Joan of Architecture”

Tuesday June 7  7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
Concordia, Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex Building (EV) – EV 1.605

(in English with French subtitles)

The documentary Citizen Lambert: Joan of Architecture directed in 2007 by Teri Wehn-Damisch offers a lively and intimate portrait of Phyllis Lambert, founding director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Her career as an activist and a visionary has contributed to the transformation of Montreal’s urban and cultural environment.

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