5 November 2018

8th Postcolonial Studies Initiative Film Series

28 November: Human Flow Official Trailer | Amazon Studios

The Postcolonial Studies Initiative is happy to announce its 8th film series with a selection of films, shown monthly, that draw on a variety of different contexts in our postcolonial world. The series is organized annually and invites all interested in our European postcolonial present and the representation of its political, cultural and aesthetic realities and challenges.

Each film will be introduced briefly by scholars connected to the PCI and international guests and filmmakers. The series will take place starting from November until May 2019. Through the film series the PCI hopes to explore, through visual representations and cinematographic narratives, how postcolonial realities are analyzed and re-imagined in contemporary film. 

upcoming screenings

26 November

Human Flow (2017, Ai Weiwei, Germany, USA, China, Palestine)
Introduced by Sandra Ponzanesi (Utrecht University, department of Media and Culture Studies)
Time: 17.00 - 19.30
Location: Entrance at Muntstraat 2A, MCW-LAB (Grote zaal KNG20)

About the film: Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.

10 December                      

In the Same Boat (2016, Rudi Gnutti, Spain)
Introduced by Domitilla Olivieri (Utrecht University, department of Media and Culture Studies)
Time: 17.00 - 19.30

About the film: In The Same Boat is an artistic and sophisticated analysis of the effects of globalisation on the world, which presents an optimistic argument for the future of the planet. Guided by some of the world's leading radical figures, from Zygmunt Bauman to José Mujica, In The Same Boat travels the world discovering the views of its people on work, happiness, the environment, and the economy. Supported by Rudy Gnutti's stunning cinematography and compositions, this film will transform your understanding of the modern world.

14 January

1/2 Revolution (2011, Omar Shargawi, Karim el Hakim, Egypt, Denmark)
Introduced by Sara Verderi ((Utrecht University, department of Media and Culture Studies)
Time: 17.00 - 19.30

About the film: ½ Revolution, Omar Shargawi and Karim El Hakim's visceral, verite personal documentary focusing on 11 days of the 18-day revolution, captures the ground-level events with a gut-churning immediacy and veracity often missing from news reports, as well as amateur footage posted to the Internet. Well-suited to a multi-platform theatrical/VOD release, the film is poised to go viral in a manner that could potentially help shape future political developments in Egypt and throughout the Arab world.


Admission to the screenings of the Postcolonial Film Series is free of charge. For more information and updates please visit www.postcolonialstudies.nl and like the Facebook page, or send an e-mail to Prof. Sandra Ponzanesi.

About The postcolonial studies initiative

The Postcolonial Studies Initiative (PCI) at Utrecht University is intended as a platform for research into postcolonial issues, specifically focused on their application within Europe. The PCI organises activities such as lectures, film series, masterclasses and seminars, striving for greater interaction with society at large. As such it brings together a number of researchers from diverse areas and disciplines, both from Utrecht University and from other universities in the Netherlands as well as from other international partner universities.