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AFI FEST 2020 — NEW ORDER

Michel Franco has said that his current film NEW ORDER is not political per se, but rather “an exploration of the social aspects” of how his characters interact with one another as Mexico City implodes in an emergency of class warfare. The director’s claims aside, NEW ORDER is a trenchant political thriller, told in broad, crude strokes that reflect the egregious inequities that poison daily life in the capital.

In Franco’s short, sharp shock of pulp dystopia—the running time is 88 minutes—the poor and the brown raise arms against their rich, pale-skinned employers and oppressors. According to anthropologist José Ignacio Lanzagorta, “it’s impossible to talk of class and poverty without touching the topic of race. It’s very clear that the distribution of income in Mexico is very racialized.”

In this tale of citizen versus citizen, the military is the third element, playing a wild card of disparate factions and divided loyalties. The exponential growth and overcrowding of contemporary Mexico City has, in fact, been met with a highly visible military presence. It goes without saying that in the creation of any “nuevo orden,” redeemable characters are expendable and a fascist expedience prevails.

This AFI Fest presentation will stream through the end of this year’s festival. See link below for details.

NEW ORDER

AFI Fest Presented by Audi.

Streaming.through October 22.

Following the film, AFI FEST Senior Programmer Claudia Puig leads a conversation with filmmaker Michel Franco.

Michel Franco, New Order (2020), from top: Naian Gonzaléz Norvind (left) and Fernando Cuautle; New Order poster courtesy and © Teorema; Cuautle (left); Dario Yazbek Bernal (left), Patricia Bernal, and Diego Boneta. Images courtesy and © the filmmaker and Teorema.

OTTESSA MOSHFEGH AND ARIANA REINES IN CONVERSATION

Invisible College will host a reading and conversation with Ottessa Moshfegh on the New Moon in Libra, moderated by Ariana Reines.

CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS—A READING AND CONVERSATION WITH OTTESSA MOSHFEGH

Invisible College

Friday, October 16.

4 pm on the West Coast; 7 pm East Coast.

From top: Ottessa Moshfegh, photograph by Brigitte Lacombe, image courtesy and © the photographer; Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen cover image courtesy and © Penguin; Ariana Reines, A Sand Book cover image courtesy and © Tin House; Reines, photograph courtesy and © the author.

SIMONE FORTI AND BARNETT COHEN IN CONVERSATION

Simone Forti will join artist and immigration activist Barnett Cohen for an online discussion about their poetry exchange, how the pandemic has shifted their practices, and the future of performance, post-quarantine.

The event is presented by Joan Los Angeles. See link below for Zoom information.

SIMONE FORTI and BARNETT COHEN IN CONVERSATION

Joan Los Angeles

Friday, October 16.

6 pm on the West Coast; 9 pm East Coast.

From top: Simone Forti (right) and Barnett Cohen, photograph courtesy and © the artists and Joan Los Angeles; Barnett Cohen, Tsie, 2018, bronze, image courtesy and © the artist; Barnett Cohen, Portals, 2016, copper sheeting, acrylic paint, image courtesy and © the artist.; Simone Forti and Barnett Cohen poetry exchange (above) and photograph (below), images courtesy and © the artists and Joan Los Angeles.

AFI FEST 2020 WORLD PREMIERE — REALLY LOVE

Join filmmakers Angel Kristi Williams and Barry Jenkins and actors Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing and Kofi Siriboe in conversation following the AFI FEST world premiere of Williams’ debut feature REALLY LOVE.

Written by Williams and Felicia Pride—the writer and director of the new short TenderREALLY LOVE is the story of Isaiah, a young artist, and Stevie, a law student, who meet at a D.C. gallery opening. Later on they discover a mutual love for the work of Noah Davis and take it from there.

See link below for details.

REALLY LOVE

AFI Fest Presented by Audi.

Friday, October 16.

7 pm on the West Coast; 10 pm East Coast.

ANGEL KRISTI WILLIAMS, YOOTHA WONG-LOI-SING, KOFI SIDIBOE, and BARRY JENKINS IN CONVERSATION

8:45 pm on the West Coast; 11:45 pm East Coast.

Angel Kristi Williams, Really Love (2020), Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing and Kofi Siriboe. Images courtesy and © the filmmaker, the actors, and AFI Fest.

REIMAGINING EQUALITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Join artist and activist Jerri Allyn, National Women’s Law Center Justice Sarah David Heydemann, UCSB Associate Dean Aida Hurtado, executive director of The Gathering for Justice and activist Carmen Perez-Jordan, Woke Vote creator DeJuana Thompson, Equis Labs co-founder and president Stephanie Valencia, Georgia State Senator Nikema Williams, and writer, editor, and transgender rights activist Raquel Willis for the virtual National Women’s Rights Convention, a full day of conversations “about the interplay of voter suppression, unequal employment and economic opportunities, and womanhood intersections.”*

Presented by LACMA, the event will also include the performance Kristina Wong for Public Office: Live from her Home!  (Wong will reprise this performance on Friday, October 23 for USC‘s Visions and Voices program.)

See link below to r.s.v.p. to Wednesday’s convention.

NATIONAL WOMEN’S RIGHTS CONVENTION—REIMAGINING EQUALITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY*

LACMA

Wednesday, October 14.

9:30 am to 5 pm on the West Coast; 12:30 pm to 8 pm East Coast.

From top: Kristina Wong, Kristina Wong for Public Office, photograph courtesy and © the artist; Nikema Williams, image courtesy and © the Georgia State Senator; DeJuana Thompson, photograph courtesy and © Thompson; Aida Hurtado, photograph courtesy and © Hurtado; Raquel Willis, photograph courtesy and © Willis; Jerri Allyn, photograph courtesy and © Allyn; Stephanie Valencia, photograph courtesy and © Valencia; Carmen Perez-Jordan in January 2017, photograph courtesy and © Perez-Jordan.