CCM and University Libraries are sponsoring a series of international films January 14 through April 15. The films will be shown at 2 p.m. in the TUC Main Street Cinema and admission is free.
E-Media students are urged to attend these films whenever they can.
Assistant Professor Lakshmi Tirumala proposed to bring the series to UC and CCM. CCM Dean Peter Landgren and Dean of Libraries Xuemao Wang readily agreed to fund this event.
The Global Film Initiative started in 2003 to act as a channel for students to watch and understand unique, critically acclaimed cinematic narratives from around the world. Since its inception, the series has provided a platform for exceptional storytelling and a critical dialogue about the diverse world in which we live. The series will help build a better perspective for students about cultures and ethnic regions.
The Global Film Initiative also publishes free, innovative discussion guides and learning resources that explore social, cultural and historical themes introduced by each film.
The series schedule is as follows:
Monday January 14 2pm
Riscado (Craft) A Brazilian film about a talented but unemployed actress. An enveloping drama of everyday tragedy in the working world of an artist. 85 minutes, in Portuguese and French with English subtitles. Gustavo Pizzi, director.
Monday January 28 2pm
El Dedo (The Finger) Based on real events, this charming dramatic comedy from Argentina pokes fun at small town traditions while celebrating true democratic values. 93 minutes. In Spanish with subtitles in English. Sergio Teubal, director
Monday February 4 2pm
Soog (Mourning) A car trip in Iran is the setting for a subtly humorous and deeply compassionate meditation on communication and emotional disability. 84 minutes. In Farsi with subtitles in English. Morteza Farshbaf, director
Monday February 11 2pm
Gise Memuru (Toll Booth) An expert cast and keen art direction contribute to this wry, heartbreaking ode to lost dreams in a sleepwalking world. 96 minutes. In Turkish with subtitles in English. Tolga Karacelik, director
Monday February 25 2pm
Pegase (Pegasus) Reality merges into a haunted fever-dream of fear and denial in this visually striking, award-winning psychological thriller. 104 minutes. In Arabic with English subtitles. Mohamed Mouftakir, director
Monday March 4 2pm
Qarantina This Iraqi film captures contemporary Baghdad’s moody interior and stunned atmosphere, with a formidable cast who suggest unexpected resilience in the wake of catastrophe. 90 minutes. In Arabic with subtitles in English.
Monday March 11 2pm
El Premio (The Prize) A childhood idyll is contaminated by the general political crisis, the army, and a parent who is among the “disappeared” in this superbly acted and engrossingly atmospheric drama about innocence in illicit times. 99 minutes. In Spanish with subtitles in English. Paula Markovitch, director.
Monday March 18 2pm
Matiere Grise (Grey Matter) This film subtly measures the horror and systematic madness of events hardly unique to Rwanda, while offering bracing insight into the nature of political violence. 100 minutes. In Kinhyarwanda and French with English subtitles. Kivu Ruhorahoza, director.
Monday April 8 2pm
Amnistia (Amnesty) A prisoner amnesty threatens the fragile bond between a man and woman who have imprisoned spouses, in this closely observed, sensual and contemplative drama highlighting a period of profound social transformation. 83 minutes. In Albanian with subtitles in English. Bujar Alimani, director
Monday April 15 2pm
Gordo, Calvo y Bajito (Fat, Bald, Short Man) The main character joins a self-improvement group where he confirms that change is inevitable. The question becomes what use one makes of it. 97 minutes. In Spanish with English subtitles.Carlos Osuna, director.
Written by Tori Roloson, Posted January 9, 2013