January 31, 2019 - 7:00 pm
January 31, 2019 - 9:30 pm
AddressJames Bridges Theater, UCLA View map
“The Human Chameleon” is a series comprised of a main lecture and two films with introductions, dedicated to the subject of hybrid Jews in cinema.
This is the second of two film screenings, and will feature a Q&A session with Professor Amir Vudka (University of Amsterdam) after the film.
From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero.
It’s the early 1970s, a time of great social upheaval as the struggle for civil rights rages on. Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) becomes the first African-American detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department, but his arrival is greeted with skepticism and open hostility by the department’s rank and file. Undaunted, Stallworth resolves to make a name for himself and a difference in his community. He bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.
Posing as a racist extremist, Stallworth contacts the group and soon finds himself invited into its inner circle. He even cultivates a relationship with the Klan’s Grand Wizard, David Duke (Topher Grace), who praises Ron’s commitment to the advancement of White America. With the undercover investigation growing ever more complex, Stallworth’s colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), poses as Ron in face-to-face meetings with members of hate group, gaining insider’s knowledge of a deadly plot. Together, Stallworth and Zimmerman team up to take down the organization whose real aim is to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.
Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award® winning Get Out, BlacKkKlansman offers an unflinching, true-life examination of race relations in 1970s America that is just as bracingly relevant in today’s tumultuous world.
About the Speaker: Dr. Amir Vudka is a lecturer and researcher at the department of media studies, University of Amsterdam. He is a film programmer at theater De Nieuwe Regentes (The Hague), the artistic director of Sounds of Silence festival for silent films and contemporary music, and the director of Palestinorama festival for Palestinian cinema and culture. He was a film curator at Amsterdam’s Jewish Historical Museum, and was the head of Jewish education at Beit ha Chidush synagogue (Amsterdam). His PhD titled “The Human Chameleon” was about hybrid Jews in Cinema. He currently writes about the reincarnations of the golem – from the Jewish tradition to contemporary sci-fi.
Natalie Limonick Program in Jewish Civilization
Sponsored by the
UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies
Cosponsored by the
UCLA Department of Film, Television and Digital Media
UCLA Department Comparative Literature
UCLA Melnitz Movies
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