Zizek: The Documentary preview screening, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in 10 Evans Hall.

“Zizek!” – the second feature length production of the New York based Documentary Campaign – is a documentary exploring the eccentric personality and esoteric work of the “wild man of theory”: the incomparable Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek.

An unconventional and intimate portrait, “Zizek! ” trails the thinker from New York City to Buenos Aires and back to his home in Ljubljana, Slovenia. All the while Zizek compulsively reveals the invisible workings of ideology through his unique blend of Lacanian psychoanalysis, Marxism, and critique of pop culture. Erudite and outrageous, mixing innovative animations with interviews, “Zizek! ” is both an unforgettable lesson in philosophy and a compelling portrait of an intellectual maverick.

Discussion with director Astra Taylor and Slavoj Zizek to follow. Sponsored by the Departments of Comparative Literature, German, and Rhetoric as well as the School of Journalism.

On April 26, the 2001-2002 Bonwit-Heine Lecture series presents “Duvarlar -Mauern – Walls”, a film screening and discussion with Can Candan (2000; USA/TURKEY; 83 min.; Turkish, German, English with subtitles).

“Duvarlar-Mauern-Walls”, is a trilingual (Turkish, German, English) documentary about a moment in the recent history of the largest minority in re-unified, post-Wall Berlin, the immigrant community from Turkey, as witnessed by a Turkish filmmaker from the United States. In the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the unification of the two Germanys, 1991 was the year when anti-foreigner violence in Germany was becoming too visible to ignore. 1991 was also the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the migration from Turkey to Germany.

In this film, immigrants from Turkey talk about their past, present, and possible future, reflecting on what the opening of the Wall and the unification of the two Germanys meant for them and how increasing hostilities are affecting their sense of belonging in the new Germany. Duvarlar-Mauern-Walls, is the view from the periphery by a filmmaker who is simultaneously an insider and an outsider. For more information contact Can Candan.