Brunch and Discussion with Peter Rutkoff: Illusions

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Brunch and Discussion with Peter Rutkoff: Illusions

25.00

Sunday, November 10, 9 - 11:30 am, Templeton Hall

includes farm-to-table brunch buffet*

$25 advance/$30 door

Peter Rutkoff, professor of American Studies at Kenyon College, has selected another compelling film for us to discuss over brunch. Julie Dash’s short film Illusions may have been made in the 1980s but its message is no less relevant today. Set in Hollywood in 1942, it tells the story of an African American woman passing as white so that she can work in the film industry. Illusions are essential to the film industry, with sets, props, and sleights-of-hand creating images that may not exist in reality. However, some illusions are used to marginalize and erase parts of America from American culture. Dash’s exploration of race, gender, and culture brings attention to the illusions that are crafted in order to survive in a world that wants to deny your existence. (Julie Dash, 1982, 34 minutes)

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