Princeton University’s Spencer Trask Lectures: Film and Terrorism, Discussion by Filmmaker Olivier Assayas and Critic Ian Buruma

Film and Terrorism

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

6:00 pm, McCosh 50

Filmmaker Olivier Assayas and Critic Ian Buruma will present a conversation on  “Film and Terrorism.”  Ruben Gallo, Director of Princeton University’s Program in Latin American Studies, will lead the discussion, which will focus on how Assayas has portrayed terrorism in several of his award-winning films.

Director and Screenwriter Olivier Assayas’ films include Something in the Air(Apres Mai, 2012) and Summer Air (L’heure d’Ete, 2008).   His 2010 film Carlos examined the life of terrorist Carlos the Jackal and includes a minute-by-minute recreation of Carlos’s storming of a meeting of OPEC and the subsequent kidnapping of several oil ministers.  Critic Ian Buruma is the author of “Occidentalism” The West in the Eyes of its Enemies” (2005) and “Murder in Amsterdam: Liberal Europe, Islam, and the Limits of Tolerance”  (2007). His most recent book is “Year Zero: A History of 1945” (2013). He has written on questions of violence and terrorism.  He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Erasmus Prize (2008), the Shorenstein Journalism Award (2008) and the Abraham Kuyper Prize (2012).

Olivier Assayas’ film Carlos will be screened on March 3 at 4:30pm in McCormick 101, followed by a discussion with the director. The screening is free and open to the public.

The Spencer Trask Lecture Series will sponsor these events, which is free and open to the public.  For further information on this and other events in the series, please visit

Olivier Assayas’ travel to the United States has been supported by Unifrancefilms.