Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin
2018, Arwen Curry, USA, 69 min.
- Sat, Jun 15th 5:15pm
- Wed, Jun 19th 6:00pm
"A perfect primer for anyone new to Le Guin, the documentary also has enough to offer dedicated fans, confirming her place as a major figure in American literature and as a spiky, rebellious and engaging personality."—Allan Hunter, Screen International
Ursula K. Le Guin transcended the labels of genre and gender to be recognized as a major American author. Entering the field of science fiction when it was male-centric and action-oriented, she revolutionized the genre with new attitudes toward gender fluidity, feminism, fantasy, anarchism, and utopianism in such classics as A Wizard of Earthsea, The Left Hand of Darkness, and The Dispossessed. Working with Le Guin (who died last year at the age of 88) over a period of ten years, filmmaker Curry engaged the feisty but camera-shy author in a series of revealing interviews that explore her artistic and political evolution. Painterly animation sequences visualize Le Guin's novels, and interviews with Margaret Atwood, Michael Chabon, Neil Gaiman, and David Mitchell testify to her literary importance. DCP digital. (MR)
The Saturday screening will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by science-fiction author and UIC professor Mary Anne Mohanraj. Also featured on the panel are Madhu Dubey, UIC Professor of English and African American Studies, and Alec Nevala-Lee, author of Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction.
The Wednesday screening will be followed by an audience discussion led by Prof. Mohanraj and Gary Wolfe, Professor of Humanities at Roosevelt University and author of The Known and the Unknown: the Iconography of Science Fiction.