Alternative Cinema: Children of Men
(Alfonso Cuarón, 2006, 114 mins)
In a violently partisan country, a nationalist government criminalizes and interns refugees, while the threat of a global environmental catastrophe lingers. Sound familiar? Cuarón’s 2006 film is a timely sci-fi thriller set in the near future after women across the world have become infertile. Global chaos spares only one country—England. Theo, a cynical ex-activist turned bureaucrat is suddenly charged with helping Kee, an African refugee who is miraculously pregnant, through a maze of competing political factions bent on using the child to their own advantage. Realized with a perceptive attention to the detail, this treatise on how people might behave if there were no longer a future to believe in, postulates the effects of unchecked capitalism and environmental destruction and has served as a key text for scholars and philosophers world-wide.
Tuesday, January 29 at 7:00pm