The Screening Contagion Film Series invites you to view four pandemic films, then attend a series of panel discussions with faculty drawn from a variety of disciplines. The four films include a Hollywood blockbuster (Steven Soderbergh, Contagion), a classic of world cinema (Ingmar Bergman, The Seventh Seal), a horror comedy (Edgar Wright, Shaun of the Dead) and a contemporary documentary about the Wuhan lockdown (Ai Weiwei, Coronation). How might these films help us understand pandemics in the past, present and future? How does our own pandemic moment inform how we view these films? Please join us for a wide-ranging conversation with faculty in the humanities, arts and medicine as they help us make sense of our own experiences with COVID-19.
Film discussions take place February 11, March 11, April 8 and April 29.
Thursday, April 8 discussion: Edgar Wright, Shaun of the Dead (2004)
A man’s uneventful life is disrupted by the zombie apocalypse.
A man seeks answers about life, death and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.
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