Exhibitions and Events
Alexander Sokurov, Russian Federation, 2002, 96 minutes.
A bravura single-shot tour of the great Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russian Ark examines the art, culture, and history of Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union through the glass of the Tsarist Empire which preceded it.
Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia, 2014, 142 minutes.
A man’s land is to be confiscated by a corrupt mayor in a town near Murmansk, in northeastern Russia. The protagonist’s struggle to save his home and family evolves into a battle against targeted expropriation and government corruption in this contemporary retelling of the story of Job from the Bible.
An augmented reality workshop facilitated by members of NiS+TS and collaborators from the Dalhousie Faculty of Computer Science.
Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet Union, 1974, 104 minutes.
The Russian filmmaker’s most personal and opaque film is mostly about the fluidity of memory and identity, recalling a childhood and adolescence under the excesses of Stalinism. Acclaimed by British author Will Self as “the most beautiful film ever made”, The Mirror is dense, fascinating, and ultimately utterly illuminating.
A storytelling roundtable featuring Catherine Martin, Janet Maybee, Ben Stone, and others, hosted by Narratives in Space + Time Society.
A panel discussion with Narratives in Space + Time Society members, and collaborators Angela Henderson, Yalitsa Riden, and Derek Reilly.
Aleksandr Askoldov, USSR, 1967, 100 minutes.
Shot to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Revolution, this Russian Civil War (1918-1922) drama sees a pregnant female cavalry commissar billetted with a reluctant Jewish family; they bond as the front line comes closer and closer. The soundtrack includes music by the great Russian composer Alfred Schnittke.
The Halifax Explosion occurred on the morning of 6 December 1917 as the result of a collision between the SS Mont-Blanc, a French cargo ship laden with high explosives, and the SS Imo, a Norwegian relief vessel. The two ships collided in the Narrows, a strait connecting upper Halifax Harbour to the Bedford Basin, and the resulting fire on board the Mont-Blanc ignited her cargo. The ensuing explosion devastated the Richmond district of Halifax as well as the opposite shore of Dartmouth.
OPENING RECEPTION at 6 PM, Dalhousie Art Gallery
HALIFAX EXPLOSION PANEL at 7 PM, Sir James Dunn Theatre, with reception in Gallery to follow.
Open to the public, this free event will explore how the Halifax Explosion lead to the development and professionalization of multiple health and social service professions, how it changed the physical features of the city, and how it has been commemorated and memorialized over the last 100 years.
Featuring Live Score by Mohammad Sahraei and guests
Doors at 7 PM / Screening at 7:30 PM
Limited Seating / Free Admission
Paul O'Regan Hall / Halifax Central Library
Before Battleship Potemkin, Sergei Eisenstein made this stylized and theatrical film dramatizing a labour strike at a Czarist-era heavy manufacturing facility, utilizing wild cinematic rhetoric and garish animal characterizations.