Cinematheque Lectures & Discussion

The series of discussions and lectures organised by Meno Avilys goes beyond the academic community, inviting all those interested in moving images to broaden their knowledge together with contemporary film and cultural researchers.

Illustration: a still from Maya Deren’s film Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) in the exhibition Jonas Mekas and the New York Avant-Garde (Lithuanian National Gallery of Art, 2021-2022). Photo by Ugnius Gelguda.


Retrospective film program “Rebellion, Love and Friendship: U.S. Independent Woman‘s Cinema” introductory lecture by film programmer and curator Herb Shellenberger (USA/UK).


“Amateur filmmaking in Soviet Lviv: Individual Practices” by Oleksandr Makhanets. He is a historian, archivist, curator of exhibitions, and head of the Urban Media Archive at the Centre for Urban History from Ukraine.


“Filmmaking Is for Lovers: Rediscovering Soviet Amateur Film Culture” by Maria Vinogradova. She is a film and media historian specializing in the study of Soviet film culture, in particular, nonfiction and amateur films: their creation, distribution, circulation, and afterlives in the post-celluloid era.


“Political, social, and cultural meanings behind Soviet Latvian amateur films (1955–1991)”  by Inese Strupule. She has received her PhD from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. Her thesis concerned the amateur filmmaking movement in Soviet Latvia and its social, cultural, and political impact. 


Lecture by Utrecht University researcher dr. Judith Thissen “What is the New Cinema History?”.