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Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin

Directed by Arwen Curry
United States, 2018, 65 mins., in English.

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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


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