David Kitani presents LaaF16...
I Need a Hero! Wait Do I?: An Introduction to the Hero and its Place in the World
Sunday, August 30, 2009
ABSTRACT: : From antiquity the notion of the hero has been revered through stories and histories soaked with the values of the culture that the hero comes from. Recently, however, the hero has fallen from grace and faded from relevance in a world of increasing moral ambiguity. The hero is now a pigeon-holed anachronism, either outlandish, outdated, or limited to the fantasies of children. What then is a hero? Are they still important? If so, why? What do heroes have to do with us? This end of summer lecture will attempt to answer these questions, re-introducing this time honored role as well as to exploring a renewed idea of the hero that fits even these postmodern times: a right and true outsider in a world that has lost its way.Â An example of the hero as outcast will be explored specifically through the lens of the 2002 film, Twilight Samurai (winner of 13 Japanese Academy Awards as well as nominated for Best Foreign Film by the American Academy), demonstrating the distinction of its hero from the traditional incarnations of the samurai.
SPEAKER BIO: Recently, David Kitani organized the first annual Euro-Asian-Latin Marathon Film & Food Festival and was a participant in the pre-festival conference on Jewish superheroes and circumcision. He is a consummate educator, raising literacy in Watts and raising music literacy in his wife. His passion for heros and Japanese movies is infectious so prepare to be mezmerized.
Film: Twilight Samurai (2002)
Food: Loriel's take on Asian heros
(the hero sandwich that is!)
When: Sunday, August 30, 2009
Where: Loriel's House