Monday, 20 March 2017

Screening: Pearl Button



Tinted Lens The Pearl Button

The screening at Chapter Arts Centre (www.Chapter.org) will be followed by an expert panel discussion and audience debate to explore some of the themes raised by this film. The panel will explore cultural memory, the power of objects, identity and memory, the sea biography and locality.

The Pearl Button is a Chilean documentary film directed by Patricio Guzm├ín and won the Silver Bear at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.  While it does not directly focus on Chile’s past under Augusto Pinochet, the title is partly inspired by a shirt button discovered wedged in rails recovered from the sea, which were used to dispose of the bodies of Pinochet’s victims. A pearl button bought a Yaghan native Jemmy Button and subsequently brought him to England.

A collaboration between Chapter Arts Centre, the British Film Institute (Film hub Wales) and Cardiff University, this programme of events curated by Dr Katie Featherstone will explore contemporary social and cultural developments and the ideas found within new-release, cult and classic film, with a focus on understandings of the mind, human behaviour, memory, the life-course, and ageing.  This free event is Wednesday the 23rd of March, with the screening starting at 6pm, Chapter Arts Centre, followed by the panel discussion and debate. Speakers are:

Ryan Prout, School of Modern Languages, will draw on his expertise in Hispanic studies and his current work on cultural memory and forgetting in the context of a country post dictatorship.

Rachel Hurdley, School of Social Sciences, will draw on her a monograph, Home, Materiality, Memory and Belonging: keeping culture (2013) to discuss the ‘pearl button’ the power of objects and how memories and identities are precarious, tenuous processes.

Andrew Edgar, School of English, Communication and Philosophy, will explore the philosophy of identity and memory.


Nelson Turgo, Seafarers International Research Centre, will discuss geographies of globalization, the global-local nexus, the maritime industry and fishing communities, biography and locality.
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