Peace studies course material and film study will converge at the fifth annual ScreenPeace Film Festival, where attendees will share in the experiences of five nonviolent resistors from around the world. The festival, which begins Thursday and runs through Saturday, is co-sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Hal Culbertson, executive director of the Kroc Institute, said this year’s festival theme of nonviolent resistance developed in response to the Arab Spring, a series of civil resistance movements in the Arab world that began in late 2010. “We thought there would be significant interest in the Arab Spring and its impact around the world,” Culbertson said. “We decided to make the theme of nonviolent resistance the centerpiece because we knew of several films that related to this.” The five films that will be shown over the course of the festival portray the stories of a varied cast of people: a Palestinian farmer, a Chinese artist and activist, a scholar of nonviolent resistance, an interracial American couple and an aspiring Algerian filmmaker. Alison Rice, associate professor of French and Francophone literatures, will introduce the last film of the weekend, “Normal!,” about a young Algerian filmmaker living and working when the Arab Spring protests begin in his country in the last days of 2010. “With these protests taking place, it’s like a documentary, but it’s not labeled a documentary,” Rice said. “It’s like a film within a film.” The film follows the struggles of the filmmaker as he tries to discern how to act appropriately in the midst of the protests, Rice said. “[It is] really about the dilemma of how to act when you’re in a societal system in a country where you do not agree with the way things are going,” she said. “How do you react, how do you respond effectively?” The film sends a message of solidarity, Rice said, and the feeling of “everyone participating in something together.” Rice was chosen to introduce “Normal!” for the ScreenPeace Festival because of her close connections with Algerian culture as a professor of French and Francophone literature, she said. “I also love the work the Kroc Institute does, and I am firmly behind the idea of peace studies, and I love film as well,” Rice said. “It was a perfect opportunity for me to respond to.” Culbertson said the Kroc Institute chooses films for the festival that will relate to the material the Peace Studies department is teaching in the classroom. “We designate films with our chief educational goals in mind and we try to complement our class discussions of peace with films that are particularly situated where conflict and peace issues are prominent,” he said. “It can address issues on a more local level and more in context than we often can in the classroom.” The festival also provides food for thought for others who may not know a great deal about peace issues around the world. “The real goal is to stimulate thought and reflection of peace issues around the world,” he said. “I think film as a medium is a wonderful way for people to learn about other cultures and contexts. It’s a different way of seeing peace issues played out.” The festival is free to attend, but tickets are required. For a full schedule of films and to obtain tickets, visit performingarts.nd.edu.
“It can be for different reasons, whether it is physical or tactical, but that can change every week.” Regarding the summer, Pellegrini was unwilling to discuss what changes might take place at the Etihad Stadium. The 61-year-old, whose own future has been the subject of speculation, said: “We are just planning how to win at Crystal Palace on Monday. We are not talking about next season – nothing beyond the next game.” City have again been linked with Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling – a player Pellegrini recently suggested could be worth £100million – after the England international’s contract talks at Anfield apparently stalled. Pellegrini was not interested in discussing the reports. He said: “The other day I said just one English player but it doesn’t mean we are interested in (that) player. “I will not talk about rumours. We have so many rumours about so many players coming here that it is impossible to have so big a squad.” Key midfielder Yaya Toure is likely to return to the side at Selhurst Park after missing the 3-0 defeat of West Brom with an Achilles injury. Pellegrini said: “Yaya played both games for Ivory Coast so he doesn’t have any problems.” The defender’s difficult season took another turn for the worse as he was sent off playing for Belgium in midweek. That came after a series of indifferent performances and mistakes for City, some of which led to him being left on the bench for a game against Leicester last month. Pellegrini said: “I don’t worry about Vincent because I know him. He knows perfectly in the way he must play. “I don’t know about the sending off because I didn’t see it but I think he improved a lot with our team in the last game so I don’t worry about him. There are not any problems.” Kompany was at fault for a goal conceded in the loss at Liverpool on March 1 and his subsequent omission for the visit of Leicester fuelled reports of a dressing-room row with team-mate Fernandinho. The 28-year-old has been back in the side for the past three games but the scrutiny of his form – and that of several team-mates – has not eased. City now look unlikely to retain their Barclays Premier League crown and it has been claimed the club could be preparing to make major changes to the squad in the summer. One player under the microscope has been playmaker Samir Nasri, who was left out of the squad to face West Brom altogether last time out after a poor showing in the previous game at Barcelona. But Pellegrini, speaking at a press conference to preview Monday’s trip to Crystal Palace, played down the reasons for his absence. The Chilean said: “He is a player of our squad. In this moment we have the complete squad fit, so when you have the complete squad fit you must have two or three names out of the squad list in the next game. Press Association Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has no concerns about captain Vincent Kompany’s form or state of mind.
Premier League players could face the prospect of playing games nine days before the start of the 2022 winter World Cup in Qatar.Draft plans have been shared between clubs outlining the Premier League schedule around the tournament, being held from 21 November to 18 December.Fixtures could take place on 12 November and resume on 26 December, eight days after the final. The season would also kick off one week earlier and finish a week later.It means that there would be only six weekends without Premier League games.The issue will be discussed at the next Premier League shareholders’ meeting in November.It is understood that Championship games will not take place during the World Cup, but the break for the second tier might not be as long as in the Premier League.Leagues One and Two will continue during the tournament.Any such proposals would clash with national associations’ plans, given they usually allow several weeks for their players to prepare for the tournament.A winter break will be introduced to the Premier League for the first time this season in order to give players a rest.But it has been suggested that will be scrapped in the 2022-23 season, raising questions about player fatigue.UEFA has said a decision on the scheduling of that season’s Champions League and Europa League will not be made until 2021.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram