European Studies at UC San Diego invites you to a two day event that is intended to contextualize the political concerns and challenging conversations that underpin anti-fascism and its aesthetics as the tidal wave of neo-fascism and totalitarian governance in many parts of the world remains a crisis.
Concentrating on strategies of anti-fascist resistance this event will focus on the never realized collaboration between a filmmaker and a writer whose work offers profound insights into a practice of resistance through modes of producing film and literature: Yılmaz Güney (Turkey, 1934-1987) and Gholam-hossein Sa’edi (Iran, 1936-1985). The two were introduced to one another in exile in Paris and were in communication over a collaborative film written by Sa’edi and directed by Güney. Taking their never realized collaboration as a departure point for poetic possibilities of transnational collaboration, this event will address totalitarianism, populism, and neoliberalism as terms often implicated in relevant discussions, while considering the (dis)continuities of fascism and anti-fascism across the twentieth and the twenty-first centuries. Featuring screenings of Güney and Sa’edi’s films and panelists who will address cinematic resistance, this event will reflect on postmodernism and the Cold War with a focus on both of the artists’ exile in Paris.
Misho Antadze (Netherlands Film Institute)
Hazal Çorak (University of Chicago)
Kareem Estefan (Brown University)
Sara Mameni (University of California Berkeley)
Perwana Nazif (University of Southern California)
This event is co-sponsored by Global South Studies and Middle East Studies.