In the Year of the Pig
The Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies presents the opening screening from Realising Utopia: Cinema & 1968 on Wednesday 7 March at 7pm. Emile de Antonio’s Vietnam film In the Year of the Pig (1968) is often judged his best and most influential. Paradoxically however, his provocatively titled documentary was as much a cool, intellectual work of cinematic art as it was a hard ‘cry of outrage’ or agitprop. In making a film that communicated the historical background of the war in Vietnam, while also compelling people to turn against U.S involvement in it, de Antonio brought together massive filmic documentation and daring modernist cinematic form.
Admission is free and booking is recommended.
About the Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies:
The Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies was established at the University of Limerick in 2003 to pursue innovative research across disciplines on utopian thought and practice. The Centre’s research and service agenda is based on the premise that social values, policies, and practices are shaped by hopeful, utopian visions, and that this dimension is critical to the betterment of life for all members of society. Far from a static, ‘perfect’ and allegedly unrealisable proposition, Ralahine promotes an understanding of the utopian as both a social reality and a critically important way of envisioning change. The ‘political unconscious’ (F. Jameson) of a society is utopian insofar as it expresses collective desires for better values and practices. Ralahine is committed to the exploration of this practical insight, both historically and with respect to our common future.
Special thanks to Cathal McMahon.