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Lost and Found at the Movies: Rebels and Revolutionaries

Haifaa Al-Mansour, Billy Woodberry, Grace Lee, and Mo Perkins
In conversation with John Nein
January 23, 2021

Amid this unprecedented moment of protest and uprising, Lost & Found reflects on stories of cinematic revolt. Cinema itself has something of a rebellious nature. Throughout its history, filmmakers have shown their fascination with people power, uprising and upheaval, social and political movements, and even revolutions. While our first impression of cinema’s rebels and revolutionaries might bring flashes of Bolsheviks, fiery iconoclasts, and James Dean, the hidden power of cinema delivers many more subtle expressions of rebellion and quietly radical ideas.

Join us for four stories of rebellion and revolution. We reflect on how the children of one of America’s most fabled revolutionary generations rebelled against their parents. Another filmmaker looks at how documenting a remarkable American revolutionary and a new generation of women of color entering politics changed her own ideas about activism. Then we consider how you tell stories about your experiences when you’re a woman filmmaker in one of the world’s most deeply conservative patriarchal societies, Saudi Arabia. And finally, closer to home, we’ll look back at the L.A. Rebellion, a group of artists who, starting in the late 1960s, came together as students in UCLA’s film program, revolutionized black representation in film and rewrote the language of cinema and liberation.

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