The Byre World: Tarzan's Tescticles Screening

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As director of CRSCEES, I have managed an organised this event in collaboration with The Byre World Programme.

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Semester 1 programme, 2018/19

3 October 2018, 6pm

Beyond the Bards: Cultural Identity in The Poetry of Brittany, Scotland, Ireland and Wales

What role can literature play in creating a sense of identity among writers from Celtic lands? This session will explore how poets confront the tensions between innovation and cliché, between universal appeal and national or regional voices, between English and Celtic languages. It will feature readings of poetry in the original language and in translation, alongside discussion from poets, academics and audience members on the pleasures, challenges and risks of writing cultural identity.

31 October 2018, 5pm

Tarzan’s Testicles (dir. Alexandru Solomon, 2017)

Screening and Discussion with director Alexandru Solomon, chaired by Professor Dina Iordanova (Film Studies)

Alexandru Solomon (b. 1966) is Romania’s most important and internationally acclaimed documentary filmmaker. He is best known for his sharp analysis of the post-socialist conditions, especially for film such as 'Capitalism: Our Improved Formula' (2010) and 'The Great Communist Bank Robbery' (2004). He is the recipient of multiple international awards.

'Tarzan's Testicles', in Solomon's own words, 'takes us to a country that doesn’t exist on international maps. It was born from the ashes of a system supposed to bring only happiness to humanity: Soviet communism. In the capital of this country lies a relic of another utopia: that of Science, which was meant to solve the rest of our problems.'

The film is set in Sukhumi, the capital of Abkhazia, a tiny, unrecognized republic on the shores of the Black Sea. On its highest hill lies a medical institute of research on monkeys, established by the Soviets in the 1920’s. The legend states it was meant to create a hybrid between man and ape. This creature never came to life, nor has the communist New Man. Today, men and monkeys are caged in a territory ravaged by war and decades of cruelty, both victims of a failed series of experiments.

The film will be screened in Romanian with English subtitles and the event is free (ticketed) and open to all.
Period31 Oct 2018
Event typeOther
LocationSt. AndrewsShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational