Black Seed (Црно Семе/Crno seme)

with Dina Iordanova
Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 6:00pm
Black Seed (Црно Семе/Crno seme) (1971, 89 min, Yugoslavia-Macedonia, dir. Kiril Tsenevski, DVD) The film, lauded as one of the cinematographic masterpieces of Yugoslav cinema, tackles the ordeal of ethnic Macedonian fighters in the aftermath of WWII imprisoned on a remote Greek island. Black Seed deals with aspects of the many ‘hushed histories' that circulate in the Balkan realm: stories of displacement and assimilation that are largely absent from official annals and written historical investigation but live mostly in oral history and vernacular reports. Presented as part of "Hushed Memories from the Balkans," a screening and lecture series featuring Dina Iordanova, scholar of Balkan and Southeast European Film, and the Chair of Film Studies at University of St. Andrews, UK.

Co-sponsored by University of Chicago Arts Council, The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, The Department of Cinema and Media Studies, and Adelyn Russell Bogert Endowment Fund of the Franke Institute for the Humanities