Directed by Arwen Curry
United States, 2018, 65 mins., in English.
Date: Thursday, October 18th
Start time: 9:45am (groups can arrive no earlier than 9:15am)
End time: approx. 10:55am (film running time is 65 minutes, no post-screening discussion/activity)
Location: 1219 SW Park Ave. at the Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, inside the Portland Art Museum
Themes & Subjects: American Literature, Science-Fiction & Fantasy Literature, Women Writers, Documentary Film
Synopsis: Ursula K. Le Guin (1929–2018) is one of America’s finest writers. Early in her career, she sought to break the gender barrier in male-dominated science fiction and did so thrillingly, quickly racking up awards and writing a long string of unforgettable novels like The Earthsea Trilogy, The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed, and The Lathe of Heaven. Through her writing, Le Guin offered readers a glimpse into new forms of life, questioning the dominant narratives of her time (and ours) and offering a staunchly anti-capitalist, utopian view of human, plant, and animal life. Le Guin and her beloved husband Charles lived in Portland since 1958, becoming two of the city’s most cherished residents. First-time director Arwen Curry’s loving, grounded portrait of Le Guin probes deep into her life and work, offering a primer for the uninitiated and new avenues of interpretation and moments of nostalgic joy for her innumerable longtime fans.
Resources for teachers:
Ursula K Le Guin Quiz
New York Times obituary
Video of Le Guin’s acceptance speech at the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters
Reservations are required. Making the request does not guarantee your class a spot. Northwest Film Center Education Staff will contact you within five business days of submitting your reservation in order to confirm whether or not space is available. To update or cancel your reservation request, please email Mia Ferm, Education Programs Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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