State Theatre of Modesto (Modesto, CA): Avatar

National Evening of Science on Screen
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2hr 42mins // directed by:James Cameron // featuring:Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver

The State Theatre of Modesto (Modesto, CA) will present a screening of Avatar, introduced by anthropologist Andrew Hayes. Please click here for event details.

Indigenous residents of the planet Pandora battle the invading forces of Earth, who covet the mineral resources that exist beneath Pandora’s surface. Before the film, anthropologist Andrew Hayes discusses the history of magical practices in indigenous cultures and the relationship between science and magic.

About the Film

The late Roger Ebert described Avatar best when he wrote:  "Avatar is not simply a sensational entertainment, although it is that. It's a technical breakthrough. It has a flat-out Green and anti-war message. It is predestined to launch a cult. It contains such visual detailing that it would reward repeating viewings. It invents a new language, Na'vi, as Lord of the Rings did, although mercifully I doubt this one can be spoken by humans, even teenage humans. It creates new movie stars. It is an Event..." The story, set in the year 2154, involves a mission by U. S. Armed Forces to an earth-sized moon in orbit around a massive star. This new world, Pandora, is a rich source of a mineral Earth desperately needs. Pandora represents not even a remote threat to Earth, but we nevertheless send in ex-military mercenaries to attack and conquer them. Many found an allegory about contemporary politics. Cameron obviously did. 

About the Speaker

Andrew Hayes is a professor and professional anthropologist.