Stand With Ukraine Film Festival

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We are hosting a micro festival of films by filmmakers from Ukraine: six rarely seen features and one program of shorts. Admission is free. We are, however, requesting donations; all proceeds will be sent to Ukrainian humanitarian relief organizations. Where will your donation go? A list of aid organizations and descriptions of each film appears here.


The festival is co-sponsored by the IU Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures and the Robert F. Byrnes Russian & East European Institute.

THE OSCAR SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL: Now Playing

Schedule     Animation Program    Live Action     Documentary     Where Are Films Shown?      Purchase Tickets

The Oscar Shorts offer a vision of what the Academy Awards should and could be but very rarely are: eclectic, cosmopolitan, scrappy and surprising.
-A.O. Scott, The New York Times

One of the most entertaining categories at the Academy Awards — and one of the least heralded — is for the Best Short Subject. Beginning Feb 25th, for 4 consecutive weekends, we are screening the 15 Oscar nominees for Best Short Film. As usual, this year’s assortment of Animated, Live Action and Documentary short Oscar contenders is a celebration of intimate, personal storytelling. Every filmmaker leaves his or her fingerprints on the material, making it a rich collection of stories, all of which have something profound to say, whether big and bold or small and modest.

Tickets: Each individual program is $12 but for $25 you can bundle all three into an “Oscar Pass” admitting you to all three programs (on different nights, on different weekends).


Meet the Nominees! Read short, snappy descriptions of the Animation films, the Live Action films and the Documentaries


Your Vote Will Be Counted. At the screenings you can vote for your favorite film (or the film that you think will win the Oscar) – Pick all three winners and you will win two complimentary tickets to another Ryder film. That’s not all: 7 of you will also win Dinner at one of our fine local restaurants.

This year’s Animation program is darker in tone and subject matter than in past years and may not be appropriate for some children. All films are unrated but two of them would probably be rated R and one has images that could disturb, or at least confuse, young children. Some of you will see these films as learning opportunities that will spark interesting conversations around the dinner table. But some will feel uncomfortable with what their children are watching. We’ve offered similar warnings about individual films in the past and have been informed by parents afterwards that we’d overreacted. “My kids have seen far worse in the average superhero movie.” That said, you know your kids better than we do. Parents should feel free to email us (editor@theryder.com) with questions about the appropriateness of films for younger viewers.

The Oscar Shorts are funded in part by a generous contribution from Dr. Lisa Baker

Any other Questions? Send an email to editor@TheRyder.com

Pandemic Protocols: Adult filmgoers must be vaccinated and must show proof of vaccination. Minors (under 18) have the option of presenting a dated, negative Covid test. Filmgoers must wear masks in the theater. Seating will be capped at 50% of capacity.

WRITING WITH FIRE: April 1-10

April 1, 2, 8, 9 at 7pm   Sunday Matinees April 3 and 10 at 3pm    All screenings at the IU Radio & Television Theater

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Prominent Indian journalists are regularly being arrested and jailed for “spreading disaffection against the Indian state.” Writing With Fire chronicles the challenges and triumphs of Khabar Lahariya, a newspaper staffed entirely by Dalit women (“Untouchables”).

A determined group of fearless young women, empowered by outrage and armed with a handful of smartphones (which they’re just learning to use), interview marginalized voices around the country, including rape victims whom the police ignore. This is investigative reporting at its most vital: bringing to account systemic sexist violence, corruption, and cynicism. Writing With Fire won the Audience Award at Sundance; it is nothing less than jawdropping.

Directed by Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas in Hindi w/subtitles 93 min

CO-FEATURE: A NIGHT OF KNOWING NOTHING

Generously supported by the Indiana University Dhar India Studies program and the IU Media School

“A rousing, inspirational tribute to the pride of grassroots Indian journalism.” – Jessica Kiang, Variety

“CRITIC’S PICK! At a time when the profession faces increasing dangers in India, the film’s faith in the powers of grassroots journalism is nothing short of galvanizing.” – The New York Times

Tickets: only $8

Pandemic Protocols: Filmgoers must be vaccinated and must show proof of vaccination.
Filmgoers must wear masks in the theater. Seating will be capped at 35% of capacity.

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A Night of Knowing Nothing: Apr 15-16

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April 15 and 16 at 7:30 at the IU Radio & Television Theater • Purchase Tickets

An essential portrait of contemporary Indian students engaged in university life, protests and the ongoing struggle for resistance. Filmmaker Payal Kapadia shows how artistic creativity goes hand in hand with the fight for political freedom. A Night of Knowing Nothing won the Golden Eye award for Best Documentary at the Cannes Film Festival.

Directed by Payal Kapadia in Hindi w/subtitles 96 min

“The best film of the year.” -Michael Phillips, The Chicago Tribune

“Foregrounds cinema itself as a site of resistance.” -Michael Sicinski, MUBI Notebook

Generously supported by the Indiana University Dhar India Studies program

DRIVE MY CAR – 4 OSCAR NOMINATIONS – HELD OVER!

Drive My Car has just received 4 Academy Award Nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best International Features.

We have hosted several screenings of it in late January and early February. But we’ve also had several screenings fall victim to winter storms. And so we are revising our schedule and adding shows of Drive My Car on Feb 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20.

We’ve also adjusted our schedule; please take a close look at the start times of the other movies we are showing.

HIVE: Feb 11 and 12

Feb 11 and 12 at 6:30 at the IU Radio & Television Theater

In a small village in Kosovo, years after her husband went missing during wartime, Fahrije awaits evidence of his death. Without it, not only is she unable to mourn, but the hovering patriarchy deems it disrespectful, morally loose even, to move forward: to get a job, a driver’s license — to provide for her family. Stoically determined, with inspiring pluck and humor, Fahrije openly drives around town and begins a business selling ajvar (roasted red pepper paste). If that weren’t enough, she pulls together other widows to help. The men in the village condemn Fahrije’s efforts to empower herself and threaten her newfound sovereignty. Based on one woman’s true story, Hive is a universal tale of quiet, potent resistance.

Hive won the Audience Award, Directing Award, and World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. 2021 • Kosovo • 84 min

Tickets: only $8

Pandemic Protocols: Filmgoers must be vaccinated and must show proof of vaccination.
Filmgoers must wear masks in the theater. Seating will be capped at 35% of capacity.

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drive My Car: Feb 11-20

February 11, 12, 18 & 19 at 7pm at the IU Fine Arts Theater  

Sunday Matinees: Feb 13 & Feb 20 at 3pm at IU Fine Arts • Purchase Tickets

A film about language, sexuality, trust, and infidelity adapted by auteur Ryûsuke Hamaguchi from a short story by Haruki Murakami. DRIVE MY CAR is a head-on collision between an emerging filmmaker fascinated by the interior lives of women, and a famous author who…is not. Hamaguchi specializes in revelations of the heart, and Drive My Car—a beautiful melding of two distinct authorial sensibilities—consistently steers clear of the familiar in its characters’ journeys towards self-understanding. But these two wildly disparate storytellers aren’t the only people vying for control of the wheel in this beguiling gem, as a third major player is introduced — legendary playwright Anton Chekhov.

Drive My Car has been named Film of the Year by, well, basically everybody: the National Society of Film Critics, the New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Circle. It won Best Screenplay at Cannes, Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes and is on the shortlist for Oscar nominations in multiple categories.

2021 • Japan • in Japanese with subtitles • 180 min

Critic’s Pick. A QUIET MASTERPIECE… a story about grief, love and work as well as the soul-sustaining, life-shaping power of art.
– Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

A passionate deployment of art as resistance to mortality.
– Richard Brody, The New Yorker

5 out of 5 stars. An engrossing and exalting experience.
– Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Tickets: only $8

Pandemic Protocols: Filmgoers must be vaccinated and must show proof of vaccination.
Filmgoers must wear masks in the theater. Seating will be capped at 35% of capacity.

Where Are Films Shown?    

Where Can I Park for free on Campus?

What else is Showing this Month?

Any other Questions? Send an email to editor@TheRyder.com

TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES i AM – Free Screening Sat, Feb 12 at 2pm

Toni Morrison wrote her books from a vital, underrepresented point of view. Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison was one of the few who wrote for an African American audience, and she understood the way language could operate as an oppressive or uplifting force—she refused to let her words be marginalized. After years of fighting to be heard, Morrison was awarded a Nobel Prize for her writing, and her novels are now taught in schools around the world.

Through a trove of archival material, evocative works of contemporary art, and interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis, and Morrison herself, we revisit her famed books and learn about the inspiration for her writing. Throughout, Morrison is effortlessly graceful, insightful, and candid, making this intimate, comprehensive portrait of her life and works an exploration of what it means to be a writer whose stories are so deeply intertwined with often-unrealized national truths.

This special screening is co-presented by Friends of the Library is part of the 2022 Power of Words initiative bringing author Jacqueline Woodson to Bloomington for a talk at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater on February 5 and the Marian Armstrong Exhibit, Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards on display at the Downtown Library February 1–March 20

BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN: FEB 11-20

February 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8:15 at the IU Radio and Television Theater

Sunday Matinees: February 13 and 20 at 4pm at Radio & TV

When a school teacher’s private sex tape gets leaked to the internet, it engenders hysterical outrage from a mob of angry parents. A bold, transgressive social satire that unfolds like a mashup of Luis Buñuel, Jean-Luc Godard, and John Waters.

Filmmaker Radu Jude, shooting on the streets of Bucharest during the pandemic, eviscerates common assumptions regarding obscenity. Playfully divided into three sections—a walking-portrait of pandemic-era Bucharest, a whimsical film essay on the nature and history of obscenity, and a heated, absurdist public trial—Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn is a darkly comic, grandiose cinematic vision of modern life as unforgettable as its title. 2021 • Romania • 106 min

Heads Up: Contains several scenes with explicit sexual content. But it’s a comedy. Still, if full frontal nudity and graphic sexual activity give you the heebie jeebies, you should probably see another film.

CRITIC’S PICK! There is no American filmmaker I can think of who tackles our modern-day culture wars and their historical roots with anything approaching Jude’s honesty, wit or intellectual rigor. – The New York Times

BRILLIANT! A Bold, Hilarious take on society’s awful state. The filmmaker’s bold approach suggests what might happen if someone spliced a late-period Jean-Luc Godard essay film into the middle of Luis Buñuel’s The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeosie, with such mesmerizing results that you just have to roll with it. It’s A DARING AND HILARIOUS CINEMATIC GAMBLE that gives a justifiable middle finger to the sheer inanity of the Western world – and it’s also an unpredictable blast, an angry editorial cartoon that invites us into its outrage. – IndieWire

An Irreverent Contemporary Satire…Unapologetically Profane…A PROVOCATIVE BUNUELIAN PRANK. An absurdist time capsule. Jude presents three possible outcomes to this grotesque mock trial, each one more preposterous than the last, before freeze-framing on the film’s most blasphemous image yet (a high bar, considering all that’s come before). – Variety

A scathing social satire about sex, lies and videotape. A scattershot attack on sexual hysteria and political hypocrisy in an era of online slut-shaming. Formally daring as cinema… (the film) will divide viewers and critics with its tonally jarring mix of fact and fiction, explicit imagery, salty language, bawdy comedy and social commentary. Jude remains A BOLDLY ORIGINAL VOICE IN MODERN EUROPEAN CINEMA, with serious things to say and increasingly adventurous ways of saying them. The film’s second act is a quick-fire montage of horror and hypocrisy.  Jude mischievously offers three alternative endings, including an orgiastic revenge fantasy worthy of John Waters. It’s not subtle, but it is deliciously demented. A bumpy ride, audacious and witty.  –  The Hollywood Reporter

Tickets: only $8

Pandemic Protocols: Filmgoers must be vaccinated and must show proof of vaccination.
Filmgoers must wear masks in the theater. Seating will be capped at 35% of capacity.

Where Are Films Shown?    

Where Can I Park for free on Campus?

What else is Showing this Month?

Any other Questions? Send an email to editor@TheRyder.com

Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time Feb 4-6

A touching, long-in-the-works film directed by Robert B. Weide (Curb Your Enthusiasm) tracing the life of Kurt Vonnegut. This is a deep, immersive dive into the author’s upbringing and his creative output. Beginning with his childhood in Indianapolis, the film delves into his experience as a prisoner of war, his marriage and family, his early careers as a publicist for General Electric and a car salesman, and his years as a struggling writer, leading to eventual superstardom in 1969 following the publication of Slaughterhouse-Five. The film is abundant with whimsical anecdotes about Vonnegut. We also hear from his children, his contemporaries, and Weide himself, as the documentary turns inward as a thoughtful examination of its own creation. The light-touch technique is one that echoes the work of Vonnegut, who often placed himself as a supporting character in his own novels, with unexpectedly profound results. 2021 • 121 min

presented in part by the IU Arts & Humanities Council

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Tickets: only $8

Pandemic Protocols: Filmgoers must be vaccinated and must show proof of vaccination.
Filmgoers must wear masks in the theater. Seating will be capped at 35% of capacity.


Where Are Films Shown?    

Where Can I Park for free on Campus?

What else is Showing this Month?


Any other Questions? Send an email to editor@TheRyder.com

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