In The Intense Now

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Date: Feb 9 - Feb 15
Venue: Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center
Location: 313 N. 13th Street
Time: Showtimes for the upcoming week are published on Tuesdays. Please check back for additional times as they are added.
Phone: (402) 472-5353

Opening at The Ross on Friday, February 9, IN THE INTENSE NOW draws from the visual archive of the global 1968 revolutions in four countries—France, Czechoslovakia, China, and Brazil—to examine what is captured and what is lost in images of great historical intensity. Brazilian documentary movie director João Moreira Salles will be appearing at the opening night of IN THE INTENSE NOW on Friday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m. to participate in a Q&A with the audience as part of the Norman A. Geske Cinema Showcase funded by the Friends of The Ross. [IN THE INTENSE NOW is] A haunting record of history made poetic. Reminiscent of the films of Chris immersive and highly personal film. Hypnotic in its provocation. – Owen Gleiberman, Variety IN THE INTENSE NOW is showing at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on Friday, February 9 through Thursday, February 15. Show times are available at, by consulting your newspaper, or by calling the MRRMAC film information line at 402.472.5353. IN THE INTENSE NOW explores the revolutions of 1968 as they unfolded across four different countries and their political environments: France, Czechoslovakia, China, and Brazil. Narrated in first person by the director, the film reflects on that which is revealed by footage of the French students’ uprising in May of 1968; the images captured by amateurs during the invasion of Czechoslovakia in August of the same year, when forces led by the Soviet Union put an end to the Prague Spring; the scenes that a tourist —the director’s mother —filmed in China in 1966, the year of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution; and footage from Salles’ own childhood in Brazil, during the establishment and rule of a repressive military dictatorship. This program is being presented with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Brazilian documentary filmmaker João Moreira Salles began his career in 1985 when he and his brother Walter Salles founded VideoFilmes, a video and documentary production company, which went on to make “Central Station” (1998), “News from a Personal War” (1999), “Behind the Sun” (2002), “City of God” (2002), “Madam Sata” (2002), and “Nelson Freire” (2003). VideoFilmes has received more than 300 international awards. Brazilian documentary filmmaker João Moreira Salles was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1962. He studied economics at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. In 1985 he and his brother Walter Salles founded the production company VideoFilmes, which went on to produce modern Brazilian classics like Central Station (1998) and City of God (2002). As a director, Salles has maintained a steady output of incisive social documentaries. These include America (1989), which won Best Journalistic Program from the São Paulo Art Critics Association; Blues (1990), which won the Special Jury Prize at the Festival International du Film D’Art in Paris; and Santiago (2007), which won Best Documentary of the Year by the Brazilian Film Academy. Since 2006, Salles has published the monthly magazine piauí, which is devoted to long-form journalism. In the Intense Now is his first release in a decade.