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Arts & Ideas Committee

Dr. Linda Vaden-Goad
Dr. Lisa Eck
Movement and Migration Series Chair

Robert Alter
Brian Bishop
Dominique Bourdon
Dr. Sarah Cole
Mark Evans
Millie Gonzalez
Jonathan Lee
Bonnie Mitchell
Robin Robinson
Ben Trapanick

Fall 2013 Series

The World in Flicks is a series of film screenings sponsored by the Modern Languages Department. This year's series ties into the Movement and Migration Series by featuing films that touch on the issues of migration and immigration in diverse regions of the globe. Admission is free to students, faculty and staff.

Each film screening will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Hemenway Hall G36 on the selected dates below:

The Other Side (Al Otro Lado - 2004) 
September 19, 2013

Al Otro Lado follows the story of three children, one from Mexico, Cuba, and Morocco, as they attempt to deal with realities of immigration in their societies. The film won three awards at the Lleida Latin-American Film Festival in 2006, including Best Film and the Audience Award; Vanessa Bauche won best actress at the festival for her performance. Al Otro Lado was also the Mexican candidate for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 78th Academy Awards.

Central Station (Central do Brasil - 1998) 
October 17, 2013

An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who write letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, in search for the father he never knew.

The Shower (Xizao - 1992)
November 14, 2013

A family's differences are reflected in the changing face of China near the turn of the millennium in this drama. In a decaying neighborhood in Beijing, a local bathhouse serves as a meeting place for the elderly men of the community; the house is run by Liu (Zhu Xu), assisted by his son Erming (Jiang Wu), who is mildly retarded and tends to live in a world of his own. Liu's other son, Daming (Pu Cunxin), who now lives in the Southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, arrives for a visit after hearing that Liu had died. Daming is happy to hear that the news of his father's death was greatly exaggerated, but as part of a younger generation that has adopted a Western-influenced lifestyle and business sense (including favoring showers over baths), he feels out of place in his father's world and there's a great emotional distance between the two. But when Erming disappears, the crisis brings Liu and Daming closer together, and Daming decides to extend his visit when he and Liu get word that the bathhouse is scheduled to be torn down in a few weeks. (

The Class (Entre Les Murs - 2008)
December 5, 2013

Teacher François Marin and his colleagues are preparing for another school year teaching at a racially mixed inner city high school in Paris. The teachers talk to each other about their prospective students, both the good and the bad. The teachers collectively want to inspire their students, but each teacher is an individual who will do things in his or her own way to achieve the results they desire. They also have differing viewpoints on the students themselves, and how best to praise and discipline them. The administration of the school tries to be as fair as possible, which includes having student representatives sit on the student evaluation committee. Marin's class this year of fourteen and fifteen year olds is no different than previous years, although the names and faces have changed. Marin tries to get through to his students, sometimes with success and sometimes resulting in utter failure. Even Marin has his breaking point, which may result in him doing things he would probably admit to himself are wrong. But after all is said and done, there is next year and another group of students. (


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