This double feature will revisit two films by groundbreaking Dutch documentary filmmaker Joris Ivens. The first, his 1937 documentary The Spanish Earth, was among the first anti-fascist propaganda films, and was produced in support of Spain’s democratically elected alliance of the Republicans during the Spanish Civil war. Written by renowned authors John Dos Passos and Ernest Hemingway (who also provides voice-over), The Spanish Earth showcases the diverse range of political groups that allied to oppose the fascists and defend Madrid from takeover. Made in 1938, The 400 Million performs a similar task with regard to Chinese resistance to the Japanese Invasion during the Second Sino-Japanese War, depicting an alliance of Republican, Communist, and guerilla fighters. 113 min.
Part of the Emory Cinematheque series “Resisting Fascism.” Each film in the series will be introduced by Paul Buchholz, assistant professor of German Studies, with contributions from other faculty in Emory’s Department of German Studies.