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BAM/PFA Presents Film of Human Rights, and Films of James Dean

On Friday, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) will present two new film series. One kicks off a series on human rights coming later this year, and another is in commemoration of a film icon.

On September 5th, BAM/PFA presents the Danish documentary Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case. It is about the Chinese artist, who challenges his homeland’s gag order. After his eighty-one days of solitary detention, followed by a retaliatory lawsuit meant to silence him, Weiwei is determined to still pursue free expression, as the documentary follows his rally against injustice on the Internet, while creating his politically inflected art. Screened only for one day, The Fake Case sets the stage for another film series on human rights, which is coming up in November and December.

Also on September 5th, BAM/PFA will present the film series James Dean, Restored Classics from Warner Bros. It is a presentation of newly digital restorations of three films, the film icon had made for Warner Brothers, in which the originals had sustained physical damage due to their popularity. These three films were all restored with 4K digital scan.

The film series begins with what would be the only film Dean would see released during his lifetime; 1955’s East of Eden on September 5th. The next two films would be his posthumous successes. On September 12th, there will be the screening on 1955’s Rebel Without a Cause (which also starred two other stars who met untimely deaths; Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo), and then September 20th brings the screening of 1956’s Giant.

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