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‘Watching the Classics’ with Richard Peña
Doha Film Institute is delighted to present ‘Watching the Classics’, an online programme during which filmmakers and cinephiles alike can deepen their knowledge of film history. Presented by renowned scholar Richard Peña (Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University and Director Emeritus of the New York Film Festival), this series of three lectures/discussions each focuses on an undisputed world cinema classic.

In the weekly sessions, Professor Peña will present a given film within its aesthetic, economic, technological and social/political context, detailing each director’s formal techniques while teasing out the implications of these artistic and technical decisions.

Participants will be invited to view the films before each lecture, and all are readily available through various streaming services. During the lecture, select images and clips will be included for discussion, and participants will be able to send Professor Peña questions, which will be addressed at the end of each session.

Join us for this chance to revisit some of your favourite films—or to discover works that have helped change the course of film history.

Dates: 1 June, 8 June, 15 June (3 sessions)
Registration Deadline: 23 May, 9:00 AM

Films discussed:
1 June ‘Citizen Kane’ | 1941 | Orson Welles | USA
8 June ‘The Rules of the Game’ | 1939 | Jean Renoir | France
15 June ‘Late Spring’ | 1949 | Yasujiro Ozu | Japan

Hours: 5:30 to 7:30 PM (Doha Time)

Language: English

Fee: 350 QAR* (includes all three sessions of the workshop)

*Qatar Museums Culture Pass members will receive a 10% discount on this lab’s fee.

o Subject to capacity, eligible applicants will receive a link for online payment via email.
o The registration is confirmed after payment is processed.
o Instructions on how to join the online sessions will be sent via email.

Please note:
Registrations are only accepted for the complete workshop, not for individual sessions.
Jun 1, 2020 05:30 PM
Jun 8, 2020 05:30 PM
Jun 15, 2020 05:30 PM
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Richard Peña
Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University, Director Emeritus - New York Film Festival
Richard Peña was the Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Director of the New York Film Festival from 1988 until 2012. At the Film Society, Richard Peña organized retrospectives of many film artists, as well as major film series devoted to numerous national cinemas. Together with Unifrance, in 1995 he created Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the leading American showcase for new French cinema. He is a Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University, where he specializes in film theory and international cinema, and has served as a Visiting Professor at the Sorbonne, Beijing University, UNAM-Mexico City and the University of São Paulo. He also currently hosts WNET/Channel 13’s weekly ‘Reel 13’.