Posts tagged ‘Louis Leakey Auditorium’

Talk by Jim Nyamu: Conserving African Elephants Through Walking & Talking, Feb. 1 2014 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium

Are you a conservation enthusiast? Do you love elephants? Does ivory poaching worry you?

Join Kenya Museum Society for an interactive, informative and what should be a captivating talk by Jim Nyamu

Date: Saturday, 1 February 2014
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum
Time: Refreshments 3.15pm Starts 4:00 pm
Donation: Ksh 400 KMS Member, Ksh 500 Guest, Ksh 200 Citizen & Student

Jim, is the founder and director of Elephant Neighbours Center (ENC), an NGO that aims to promote peaceful co-existence between elephants and communities, with a mission to protect African elephants and secure their landscape outside protected areas.

Jim has an amazing passion for what he does, peppered with vast experience in elephant conservation as a research scientist and elephant specialist.

We hope that his experience and findings on poaching and the illegal ivory trade and their adverse effects on wildlife will leave you wanting to join in this worthy cause of saving the largest land mammals on earth.

Jim will also launch his 2014 campaign plan on the ‘Ivory Belongs to Elephants’ walks.

January 28, 2014 at 3:54 pm Leave a comment

Nairobi Forum: South Sudan Is Peace Possible? Voices from Civil Society, Jan. 10 2014 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium

Date: Friday 10 January 2014
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum of Kenya
Time: 6 – 8pm

Entry: Prior RSVP

Panelists : Jok Madut Jok – Sudd Institute, David Deng- South Sudan Law Society, Leben Moro – Centre for Peace and Development Studies, University of Juba and Don Bosco Malish – Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa

Thousands have died and hundreds of thousands have been displaced as a result of the political crisis in South Sudan. Armed conflict continues as peace talks between government and opposition begin in Addis Ababa.

Leading South Sudanese civil society institutions have come together in Nairobi to sponsor discussion of the current situation, its historical origins and the prospects for a peaceful resolution.

The meeting is organised by the Rift Valley Institute’s Nairobi Forum and supported by the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa.

January 7, 2014 at 11:14 am Leave a comment

Album Launch: Rabbit the King, Dec. 20 2013 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium – National Museum

Album Launch

December 19, 2013 at 11:27 am Leave a comment

Storymoja Mini-fest: Nyef Nyef Stories, Nov. 2 2013 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium

Nyef Nyef Stories
Date: November 2, 2013
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium
Time: 7.30 pm

October 30, 2013 at 1:34 pm 1 comment

Mini StoryMoja Hay Festival, Nov. 2 2013 @ National Museum

November 2nd 2013 Mini Fest Programme
Date: November 2, 2013
Venue: National Museum of Kenya
Time: from 11 am
Entry: Kshs 1000 (Storymoja Hay Festival Season Tickets are Valid)

Kofi Awoonor Tribute Lecture
11.00am – 12.15pm| Louis leakey Auditorium
Founding editor of Kwani?, Caine Prize Winner and author of ‘One Day I Will Write About This Place’, Binyavanga Wainaina honours the late great Ghanaian Writer, Kofi Awoonor.
In Partnership with Kwani Trust

Community Policing and Online Activism: Am I My Brother’s Keeper?
11.00am – 12.15pm|Ampitheatre
Kenya: We are one… or are we? Join this engaging discussion on communities’ reactions and its effects on cohesion, segregation and shaping identity. How much have you done or given to secure the welfare of your community?
In Partnership with UP Magazine

Blogging In Kenya
12.45- 2.30pm|Louis Leakey Auditorium
Join David Mugo (BAKE Kenyan Blog of the Year:, Njeri Wangari (POWO and,Jackson Biko (BAKE Creative Writing Winner: and Emmie Kio (Tracking The Agricultural Scent: as they talk to Robert Kunga of the Bloggers’ Association of Kenya about their passions online and off.
In partnership with the Bloggers Association of Kenya

Real Life Events Inspire Fiction
12.45pm -2.00pm| Ampitheatre
Authors Kinyanjui Kombani (The Last Villains of Molo) and Richard Crompton (The Honey Guide) both set their novels against a backdrop of real life events – the Molo tribal clashes of 1992 and the electoral violence of 2007.
What are the issues and ethics of incorporating real-life events into fiction? How does reality work in a narrative context? And does there need to be a certain distance, in time or space, between the events described and the decision to create a work of fiction about them? Can novelists tell a greater truth about real events than journalists or historians are capable of? Or are they exploiting human tragedy for the sake of entertainment?

Disrupting Sanitised History: The ICC Witness Project
2.30pm – 3.45pm | Louis Leakey Auditorium
Powerful readings from ‘Their Justice Shall Be Our Justice: A Dialogue on the ICC Witness Project’, which originally appeared in The New Inquiry. The ICC Witness Project is a collaboration between Kenyan poets to imagine and amplify the voices of some of the missing witnesses for the ICC trial, to make sure the victims and survivors of the post-election violence that rocked Kenya in 2008 are not forgotten.
Mshai Mwangola with thanks to the New Inquiry

Drumbeats on Mobile
2:30pm – 3:45pm | Amphitheatre
Following the steamy launch of the Drumbeats Romance series at the Storymoja Hay Festival, where sexologist Getrude Mungai unveiled the secret territory before the point of no return… we invite you to join this second installation of Drumbeats on Mobile. Light the flame of East African love, and download Drumbeat stories on your mobile phone.

Art and Activism
4:15pm – 5:30pm | Louis Leakey Auditorium
Patrick Gathara is one of Kenya’s bravest cartoonists, whose blog is a must read – He is joined by Kenyan performance scholar and renowned storyteller, Mshai Mwangola who is also the former chairperson of the Governing Council of the Kenya Cultural Centre in a discussion on transforming society through art.

2013/2014 Fire by Ten touring show
4:15pm – 5:30pm |Amphitheatre¬
The Th¬eatre Company’s exciting theatrical show is based on the thrills, temptations, desires and fears of Kenyan Athletes ‘Kimbia’ is a strong inter-disciplinary production that combines theatre, music, dance, and multimedia. Join Cajetan Boy, Joseph Murungu, Edward Nthiga, Joseph Gichinga and Ogutu Muraya- ¬The Th¬eatre Company’s Performance Lab

Download November 2nd 2013 Mini Fest Programme

October 29, 2013 at 9:11 am Leave a comment

Wamathai Spoken Word, Oct. 12 2013 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium – National Museum

Wamathai Spoken Word is back on the 12th October after a short hiatus. The venue has shifted to the more spacious Louis Leakey Auditorium at the National Museum.

The event will be hosted by Sadia Ahmed. It will feature performances by Elani, Adelle Onyango, El Poet, Eudiah Kamonjo, Mwende Ngao and Raya Wambui. There will also be an art exhibition by Nduta Kariuki and Ian Weswa.

Tickets: Kshs. 400 in advance & Kshs. 500 at the gate.
[Buy advance tickets by sending cash via MPESA to 0704 090471 [a confirmation message will be sent to you with a ticket number once payment is received]

Time: 3–7 pm
Contact info: , 0704 090471

Ample and Secure Parking Available.

October 4, 2013 at 9:53 am Leave a comment

The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler at Storymoja Hay Festival, Sept. 22 2013 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium

The Vagina Monologues
The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler, directed by Mumbi Kaigwa

Date: September 22, 2013
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum
Time: 7.30 pm
Tickets: Kshs 2000

Ticket sales to be donated to start a library for the needy school and WRAP [Women Rights Awareness Programme]

September 16, 2013 at 2:15 pm Leave a comment

Performance by Musical Group from Oaxaca, Mexico: El Rincón de la Marimba, Sept. 17 2013 @ National Museum

Date: September 17, 2013
Venue: Anfitheatre, National Museum of Kenya
Time: 10 am
Entry: Confirmations at

Performance of the children musical Group “El Rincón de la Marimba”, from Oaxaca, Mexico

The musical project “El Rincón de la Marimba”, from the Mexican state of Oaxaca, is making an international tour in Africa, and now its Kenya’s turn to hear them perform. The musical project “El Rincón de la Marimba”, was created to strengthen the appreciation of children towards the marimba. This programme has promoted the creation of 16 child and juvenile marimba groups with the participation of almost 100 children from different communities of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. The Project is aimed at rescuing the marimba music of the regions of the Isthmus, Papaloapanand Sierra Juárez, in Oaxaca, where the instrument was in danger of disappearing.

The Mexican Council for Arts and Culture (CONACULTA) and Harp Helu Foundation has provided support for the continuous training of 42 children in performing the Mexican musical instrument “marimba”, under the guidance of professorSotero Ruiz. This programme is aimed at promoting the tradition of this music with the support of the families, community and the government.

This Project was awarded the Coming Up Taller 2008 Award, from the USA. In 2009, it participated in the Bogota Book Fair; in 2010, it performed in the World Expo in Shanghai, China, at the Kennedy Centre in Washington, D.C. and in the commemoration festivities of the Mexican Revolution.

In this regard, the Embassy of Mexico and the Nairobi National Museum have the pleasure to invite you to listen to this majestic performance of Mexican children between 12 and 15 years old, on Tuesday 17th September at 10am at the Amphitheatre of the said museum.

Please confirm your attendance to the following email

September 16, 2013 at 12:16 pm Leave a comment

Lecture: African Wild Dogs by Mr Teeku Patel, Aug. 21 2013 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium

Kenya Museum Society invites you for a lecture on, African Wild Dogs
African Wild Dogs number have significantly declined

Date: Wednesday, 21 August, 2013
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum
Refreshments 6.15 pm Starts 7:00 pm
Donation: Ksh 400 KMS member
Ksh 500 Guest
Ksh 200 Student

Pay Bill No: 400800, followed by account No: 6571570019
Contact: 0724 – 255 299, 2339158 or

Mr. Teeku Patel is a Professional Photographer & Safari Guide

August 14, 2013 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

Screening: Africa – History of a Continent, Jun. 26 2013 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium – National Museum

Date: June 26, 2013
Venue:Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum
Time: 5.30 pm
Entry: Free

June 24, 2013 at 10:36 am Leave a comment

All That Jazz Fest feat. Shumi, Change Kato & A. Rimbui, Jun. 27-28 2013 @ National Museum

All that Jazz June 2013
Dates: June 27 & 28, 2013
Venue: National museum auditorium
Time: 8 pm
Entry: Kshs 2, 500

Guest artists: Moussa Diallo & Shumi & Kato Change

June 18, 2013 at 5:16 pm 1 comment

50th Anniversary Concert, Jun. 14 2013 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium

50th Anniversary Concert
Date & time: 14th June 2013, 7.30 pm
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum
Entrance: Free

Performances by: Sven Kacirek, Stefan Schneider, Bungo & Birds, Hauschka, Ayub Ogada, Lydia Ogoti and Mukunguni

For more info visit

June 11, 2013 at 4:40 pm Leave a comment

Public Concerts & Workshops, May 2013 @ Various Venues

The Kenya Conservatoire of Music is pleased to invite you to a series of workshops and concerts hosted by Singers of United Lands which is a unique quartet of four professional young adult singers each from a different country/continent!

Details of public concerts and workshops;

Sunday 28th April at 3pm – Braeburn Theatre, Gitanga Road
Wednesday 1st May at 4pm – The Kenya Conservatoire of Music, Ballet Studio
Saturday 11th May at 6:30pm – Distant Relatives, Kilifi
Thursday 16th May at 6:30pm – The National Museums of Kenya, Louis Leakey Auditorium

Wednesday May 1st 2013 at 2pm at the Kenya Conservatoire of Music Ballet Studio
Monday 22nd April 2013 through Thursday 16th May 2013 at several venues across the country.

Contact: E. Kirima Programmes Coordinator on 0720 96 22 88 / 0737 22 79 03

Please visit for more details

May 1, 2013 at 10:52 am Leave a comment

Film Screening: Chasing Ice, Apr. 27 2013 @ the Louis Leakey Auditorium – National Museum of Kenya

Chasing Ice
Film Screening: Saturday, 27th April 2013, Refreshments at 3:30pm, Film at 4pm
Venue: The Louis Leakey Auditorium at the National Museum of Kenya
Entrance: FREE

Presented by the U.S. Embassy, United States Agency for International Development, United Nations Environment Programme, and the Kenya Museum Society

In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog went to the Arctic on an assignment with National Geographic to capture images intended to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change; but through his Extreme Ice Survey he discovers evidence of our changing planet. Chasing Ice follows Balog across the Arctic as he deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras designed to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. Balog’s hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Traveling with a young team of adventurers by helicopter, canoe and dog sled across three continents, Balog risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story in human history.

The film was awarded Excellence in Cinematography, US Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar for best original song, among many other notable awards. The film will only be screened once in Nairobi. See it April 27th!

April 15, 2013 at 12:30 pm Leave a comment

Nuruddin Farah in Conversation, Apr. 18 2013 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium – National Museum

The Nairobi Forum, in partnership with Kwani Trust, will be hosting an evening with renowned Somali author Nuruddin Farah on 18th April.

Date: April 18, 2013
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Free entrance by prior registration only. Register here

Nuruddin is winner of the Neustadt International Prize for literature and the Lettre Ulysses Award, and has been nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature several times. His body of work includes two trilogies, Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship (1980) and Blood in the Sun (1986). His most recent novel, Crossbones, was published in 2011.
Nuruddin will be in conversation with Binyavanga Wainaina, the Founding Editor of Kwani Trust and author of the acclaimed memoir One Day I Will Write About This Place.

April 8, 2013 at 12:32 pm Leave a comment

Lecture: Climate Change During the Last Ice Age, Feb. 27 2013 @ National Museum

Climate Change Lecture Poster

Reservations: 0724 255 299, 2339158 or

February 27, 2013 at 9:49 am Leave a comment

Event: Life Talk! Peace Forum, Feb. 9 2013 @ National Museum

Peace flier
Date: February 9, 2013
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium at the Nairobi National Museum
Time: 4 pm
Entry: Kshs 500

Talk by: Boniface Mwangi & Prof. Kihumbu Thairu

For more info visit:

February 2, 2013 at 1:54 pm Leave a comment

Film Screening: Nairobi Half Life, Jan. 26 2013 @ Nairobi National Museum


The Kenya Museum Society invites you to Nairobi Half Life, Film Screening (1st time at the Nairobi National Museum)

This is the story of a young man in pursuit of his dream of becoming an actor. He makes his way to Nairobi the city of opportunity and quickly understands why Nairobi is nicknamed Nairrobery as he is robbed of all his money and belongings and left alone in a city where he doesn’t know a soul.
He is drawn into a world of crime where he comes face to face with the city’s criminals… His determination is encouraging and a true testament that what stands between us and our goals is us.

Winner of Kalasha Awards
Breakthrough Audience Award at AFI Fest 2012 & Film Africa 2012 Audience Award

When: Saturday, 26 January, 2013
Where: Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum,

Refreshments 1.15 pm, Doors open 2.00 pm.
Ksh 400 Members
Ksh 500 Non-members
Ksh 200 Citizen & Student rate

Reservations: 0724 255 299, 2339158 or
M-Pesa no: 400800, Account no: 6571570019

January 24, 2013 at 5:17 pm Leave a comment

Screening: Bones of Turkana – Unraveling the Mysteries of Human Evolution Introduced by Dr. Richard Leakey, Nov. 14 2012 @ National Museum

The Kenya Museum Society & Prehistory Club NMK, invite you to Bones Of Turkana – Unravelling the mysteries of Human Evolution Introduced by Dr. Richard Leakey

This is a National Geographic Special film that will show you how Dr Leakey and his team traverse 4 million years of hominid history in search of the characteristics that make us uniquely human, focusing on the latest significant fossil discoveries made in the arid Northern Region of Kenya’s Turkana Basin (the Cradle of Human Life)

Date: Wednesday, 14 November, 2012
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum
Time: Refreshments 6pm Doors open 6.30 pm.
Contacts: Reservations: 0724 255 299, 2339158 or
Donation: Ksh 400 KMS members, Ksh 500 Non-members & Ksh 200 Students [M-Pesa no: 400800, Account no: 6571570019]

Download Bones of Turkana Poster

November 6, 2012 at 5:14 pm Leave a comment

Kipawa Music: Shinde – Up Close & Personal, Oct. 26 2012 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium

October 22, 2012 at 11:15 am Leave a comment

Uumuntu Cultural Festival, Oct. 6-7 2012 @ National Museum

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Concert: One and Only, Aug. 9 2012 @ the Louis Leakey Auditorium-National Museum

Date: August 9, 2012
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum of Kenya
Time: 8pm
Tickets: Gate Kshs 1000, Advance tickets Kshs 800 available online at

One and Only is a celebration of love and life wrapped in sweet melodies and soulful delivery. It’s a snapshot of everyday romance in 21st century Africa and everyday Nairobi.
One and Only is the embodiment of our desire to find true love and companionship without the hassle of new age theories. It’s the space to tell our stories of love and friendship.

For more info check their Facebook event page

Listen to ‘One and Only’

July 25, 2012 at 12:13 pm Leave a comment

Brazilian Film Festival: Nov. 18-20 2011 @ National Museum

The Brazilian Embassy in Nairobi is organizing for the first time a Brazilian Film Festival. It is going to be held at the Louis Leakey Auditorium of the Nairobi National Museum from November 18 -20, 2011.
Entrance is Free
Visit their Facebook page for more info and queries

November 15, 2011 at 11:59 am Leave a comment

Public Lecture: My story by Michael Joseph, Nov. 7 2011 @ National Museum

One year after retirement as Chief Executive Officer of Safaricom Mr. Michael Joseph will share a decade in which he lead the company to become the largest mobile phone operator in East Africa.

Date: November 7, 2011
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium
Venue: National Museum of Kenya
Time: 6.15pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Donations*: Kshs 500 non-members, Kshs 400 Members and Kshs 200 Students
Contacts: 0724255299 or 2339158 or

*Proceeds to fund the development of exhibitions at National Museum of Kenya.

November 2, 2011 at 8:40 pm Leave a comment

All That Jazz Chapter IV, Nov. 3 2011 @ National Museum

Date: November 3, 2011
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium-National Museum
Time: 8pm
Tickets: Kshs 800
Tickets info 0722715719

Performances: Aaron Rimbui, Kevin Samuel Mbugua, Patricia Kihoro & Kanji Mbugua
Host: Ian Mbugua

October 11, 2011 at 9:43 am Leave a comment

Concert/Album Launch: Maisha ya Mtaa, Aug. 19 2011 @ National Museum

Annie Soul Presents
City Life/Maisha ya Mtaa

Date: August 19, 2011
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium
Location: National Museum of Kenya
Time: 7pm
Tickets: Kshs 600 (Incl. of CD)

Respond to their Facebook event

August 11, 2011 at 7:33 pm Leave a comment

Concert: The Rainbow Room, Jun. 1 2011 @ National Museum

Date: June 1, 2011
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum
Time: 2-4pm
Tickets: Adults Kshs 500, Kids Kshs 250

Supported by international maestro centre

May 30, 2011 at 11:26 am Leave a comment

Documentary: The End of a Nation, May 28 2011 @ National Museum

Edtech Strategies in conjunction with The National Museum of Kenya Presents

The End of a Nation. A documentary depicting the heritage of the Dorobo of Southern Kiambu

Date: May 28, 2011
Venue: L. Leakey Auditorium, Kenya National Museum
Time: 11am-4pm
Entry: Free

Also featuring traditional song and dance with discussions facilitated by historical researchers & film makers

‘End of a Nation’ DVDs are currently on sale at the Chania bookshop Ltd along Moi Avenue and at the University of Nairobi bookshop. The DVDs will also be on sale at the launch
For more information contact: 0722 560 783

May 19, 2011 at 8:50 am Leave a comment

Screening of Italian Historical Films to mark 150 years of Italian Unification, Apr. 15-17 2011 @ National Museums

To mark 150 years of Italian Unification the Istituto Italiano di Cultura requests the pleasure of your company at the screening of a series of Italian historical films with English subtitles L’Unita’ d’Italia (Unification of Italy) presented by Dr. George Gona of the Department of History – University of Nairobi

Dates: April 15-17, 2011
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum of Kenya
Time: Friday 6pm and weekend at 4pm & 6pm
Entrance: Free

15.4.11 – 6pm – Historical Introduced by Dr. George Gona with a documentary on Giuseppe Garibaldi / followed by – 1860: I mille di Garibaldi (1860: Garibaldi’s thousand men) directed by A. Blasetti
16.4.11 – 4pm – Allonsanfan (Allonsanfàn) directed by P. & V. Taviani
16.4.11 – 6pm – San Michele aveva un gallo (St. Michael had a rooster) directed by P. & V. Taviani
17.4.11 – 4pm – Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) directed by Luchino Visconti

Friday, 15th April 2011 (6pm)
Historical introduction by Dr. George Gona with the documentary: Giuseppe Garibaldi: Il diavolo rosso (Giuseppe Garibaldi: the red devil)
Documentary by: Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Rome
Running time: Excerpts only (English subtitles)
Documentary based on the historical events that led to the unification of Italy.

Followed by:
1860: I mille di Garibaldi (1936) (1860: Garibaldi’s thousand men)
Directed by: Alessandro Blasetti
Starring: Giuseppe Gulino, Aida Bellia, Gianfranco Giachetti, Mario Ferrari, Maria Denis
Running time: Excerpts only
Drama, History (English subtitles)

“1860″ is considered by many, even to this day, as the forerunner of the long season of Italian neorealism.
The story is the harried attempt of a Sicilian partisan, as part of the risorgimento, to reach Garibaldi’s headquarters in Northern Italy, and to petition the revered revolutionary to rescue part of his besieged land. Along the way, the peasant hero encounters many colourful Italians, differing in class and age, and holding political opinions of every type.
There is a key train scene, and the film ends on the battlefield, Italian unification a success, despite brutal losses

Saturday, 16th April 2011 (4pm)

Allonsanfan (1974) (Allonsanfàn)
A brief introduction by Dr. George Gona
Directed by: Paolo and Vittorio Taviani
Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Lea Massari, Minsy Farmer
Running time: 110 minutes
Drama, History (English subtitles)

The political prisoner Fulvio Imbriani is released ill from prison and the authorities expect to find his rebel friends though him. However, he returns to his family’s real state and recovers his health with his siblings. When his lover Charlotte unexpectedly arrives Fulvio’s his sister overhears her saying that their friends would be arriving the next morning and calls the authorities. The soldiers dispose of a great number of revolutionaries but Fulvio escapes with Charlotte who is fatally shot in the back. Fulvio travels with his comrades but with no enthusiasm…

Saturday, 16th April 2011 (6pm)

San Michele aveva un Gallo (1972) (Saint Michael had a rooster)
A brief introduction by Dr. George Gona
Directed by: Paolo and Vittorio Taviani
Starring: Giulio Brogi, Daniele Dublino, Renato Cestie’
Running time: 90 minutes
Drama, History (English subtitles)

Anarchism, socialism, anarcho-socialism: there were enough different varieties of these three political philosophies to fuel hundreds of political movements in late 19th-century Europe. This Italian film looks at the life of one committed radical anarchist from this period. Giulio Manieri is true to his principles and his cause, and he attempts to get a revolution going in a small provincial town. The people, alas, are apathetic, and instead of instigating a revolution, Giulio finds himself imprisoned in solitary confinement for 10 years. When he is transferred to group imprisonment and finally meets contemporary political prisoners, they have nothing but disdain for his beliefs. Their disagreements are unimportant when it becomes clear that an even more radical scheme is brewing.

Sunday, 17th April 2011 (4pm)

Il Gattopardo (1963) (The Leopard)
A brief introduction by Dr. George Gona
Directed by: Luchino Visconti
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, Paolo Stoppa, Rina Morelli
Running time: 187 minutes
Drama, History, Romance, War (English subtitles)

In the 1860s, a dying aristocracy struggles to maintain itself against a harsh Sicilian landscape. The film traces with a slow and deliberate rhythm the waning of the noble home of Fabrizio Corbero, Prince of Salina (the Leopard) and the corresponding rise to eminence of the enormously wealthy ex-peasant Don Calogero Sedara. The prince himself refuses to take active steps to halt the decline of his personal fortunes or to help build a new Sicily but his nephew Tancredi, Prince of Falconeri swims with the tide and assures his own position by marrying Don Calogero’s
beautiful daughter Angelica. The climatic scene is the sumptuous forty-minute ball, where Tancredi introduces Angelica to society.

• Oscar nominee for: best costume
• Golden Palm Award to Luchino Visconti
• David Award for: Best production
• Silver Ribbon Awards for:
• Best Cinematography, Best costume design, Best production design.
• San Jordi Awards: Special Award to Luchino Visconti, Best foreign film.

March 31, 2011 at 1:08 pm Leave a comment

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