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Block Cinema

Block Auditorium

Block Cinema is dedicated to encounter, exchange, and learning through the art of the moving image.

The Block Museum is home to one of the region’s most innovative cinemas. Through its quarterly screening series “Block Cinema,” the museum explores the global past and present, showcasing film and other time-based media across genres, from classic to experimental.

This free, in-house cinema is dedicated to providing Northwestern, the North Shore, and Chicago a quality venue for film and to highlighting the diversity of voices and practices in the media arts field. Post-screening discussions with a filmmaker or scholar, are a staple of the program, providing a unique opportunity for audiences to gain valuable context about the works and offering unique insights into the creative process. In keeping with the Museum’s commitment to presenting art across time, culture, and media, media art is a staple of the Block Museum’s exhibition program.

Always free and open to all

Upcoming Screenings

Oct137 PM

¡QUEIMADA! (BURN!, 1969)

Gillo Pontecorvo’s 1969 historical fiction ¡QUEIMADA! (BURN!) starring Marlon Brando presented in the full-length original version in 35mm. Introduction by Daniel Immerwahr, Professor of History at Northwestern.
Oct207 PM

Sudanese Film Group Shorts

A program of short films from the 1960s-'80s by the Sudanese Film Group that range from documentary to allegorical modes, recently restored in 2018 by Berlin’s Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art.
Oct286 PM

Anand Patwardhan: JAI BHIM COMRADE (2012)

Filmmaker Anand Patwardhan in person for a screening of his 2012 documentary JAI BHIM COMRADE, which focuses on the brutality of India’s centuries-old caste system, and the struggle of Dalit activists to dismantle its oppressive structures.
Oct2911 AM

Anand Patwardhan: REASON (2018)

The Block welcomes leading Indian filmmaker Anand Patwardhan in person for a screening of his nonfiction epic REASON/VIVEK (2018), an unflinching look at India’s traumatic transformation from the world’s largest democracy to a country gripped by religious majoritarianism.
Nov37 PM

THE SPARROW (Al-Asfour, 1972)

A rare 35mm presentation of THE SPARROW by celebrated Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine. Introduction by Sarah Dwider, NU Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art history.
Nov47 PM

Eyeworks Presents: Films by Laura Harrison

The Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation and Block Cinema welcome Chicago-based artist Laura Harrison to screen and discuss her films.
Nov53 PM

2022 Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation - Program 2

After three years, the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation returns to the Block with a dazzling array of animated films, past and present, that push the boundaries of representation and the limits of form. This is the second of two short programs on Saturday.
Nov512:30 PM

2022 Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation - Program 1

After three years, the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation returns to the Block with a dazzling array of animated films, past and present, that push the boundaries of representation. This is the first of two shorts programs on Saturday.

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