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Contemporary films from around the world
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Fall 2011

"See one movie with subtitles per month." -- Kwame Anthony Appiah

Most screenings are on selected Wednesdays 6:30pm - Room 108



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KAREN CRIES ON THE BUS (Colombia, 2010) -- Wednesday, 11/30

Karen has left her slimy but successful husband Mario after ten years of marriage. She needs a fresh start to find out who she is and who she could be, despite her husband's proclamation that she can do absolutely nothing. She walks out into Bogotá with no job, no friends, and hardly any money, but catches a break when she meets a hairdresser named Patricia at a cheap flophouse. With her younger and seemingly stronger friend by her side, Karen takes her first steps towards independence and self-discovery. 

Director Gabriel Rojas Vera:

Although I had no intention of documenting a problem of today’s society, but simply writing the story of a particular woman, it has surprised me that most women who have seen the movie have identified with Karen, because machismo is not a Latin American issue, but a worldly one that is disguised in many ways. Often women are still subjugated by men, and women also self-submit themselves to their men.


LITTLE SPARROWS (Australia, 2010) -- Wednesday, November 16

In the middle of an Australian summer, we meet three sisters. Nina is widowed with two young children. Anna is an aspiring actress unhappily married to a filmmaker. Christine is a med student who has yet to fully come to terms with her sexuality. When their mother Susan's breast cancer returns, the family is faced with the reality of their last Christmas together. As each daughter confronts personal change and growth, Susan guides them by revealing a secret of her own.

Director Yu-Hsiu Camille Chen:

"Filmmaking is my way of asking questions. This is my passion. My intense curiosity about people and the essence deep inside everyone of us. I want to ask simple questions, meaningful ones... Little Sparrows is my voice as a filmmaker, a woman and a mother, and I am speaking it with urgency and sincerity."


THE HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER (Israel, 2010) -- November 3

The Human Resources Manager of Jerusalem's largest bakery is in trouble. He is separated from his wife, distanced from his daughter, and stuck in a job he hates. When one of his employees, a foreign worker, is killed in a suicide bombing, the bakery is accused of indifference, and the HR Manager is sent to the victim's hometown in Romania to make amends. Far from home, on a mission to honor a woman he didn't even know but has somehow grown to admire, the HR Manager fights to regain his company's reputation - and possibly his own humanity.

Films of related interest available at Crabbe Library: 

For My Father, Waltz with Bashir, Paradise Now, Under the Bombs, Jaffa


IF I WANT TO WHISTLE, I WHISTLE (Romania, 2010) -- October 19th

Silviu has only two weeks left before his release from a hostile juvenile detention center. But when his mother, who abandoned him long ago, returns to take his younger brother away - a brother Silviu raised like a son – those two weeks become an eternity. While his outcries for help fall on deaf ears, he finds himself mercilessly taunted and harassed by the other inmates. And just as Silviu's frustration evolves into full-throttled aggression, he is introduced to a beautiful social worker that he can only dream of being close to. Faced with a slew of conflicting emotions and wild with desperation, Silviu is driven to a surprising act of defiance as he makes a last grasp for freedom.


THE COLORS OF THE MOUNTAIN (Colombia, 2010) -- October 5th

Young Manuel lives with his hard-working farmer parents in the remote, mountainous region of the Colombian countryside. While the adults in their lives try to avoid both the armed military and the guerrilla rebels fighting each other in the area, Manuel and his friend Julián are obsessed with playing soccer any chance they get. Shortly after his birthday, the new ball Manuel received as a gift gets kicked off to a minefield, and he, Julián and their albino friend Poca Luz will do everything in their power to recover their prized belonging—an essential part of their everyday lives and dreams.

"I chose the point of view of the children because it gives me an opportunity to create a sharp contrast with the irrational and absurd world of the grown-ups." - Director Carlos Cesar Arbelaez


A SCREAMING MAN (Chad, 2010) -- Wednesday, September 21

Adam, a former swimming champion in his sixties, is a pool attendant at a hotel in Chad. When the hotel gets taken over by new Chinese owners, he is forced to give up his job to his son, Abdel, leaving Adam humiliated and resentful. Meanwhile the country is in the throes of a civil war. Rebel forces are attacking the government and the authorities demand the people contribute to the "war effort" with money or volunteers old enough to fight. Adam is constantly harassed for his contribution, but he is penniless. In a moment of weakness, Adam makes a decision that he will forever regret.


ILLEGAL (Belgium, 2010) -- Wednesday, September 7

Tania is a former teacher from Russia, living illegally in Belgium with her 14-year-old son, Ivan. One day, they are stopped on the street for a routine check by the police; Tania is arrested and placed in an immigration detention center for women, while Ivan manages to escape. Threatened with imminent deportation and fearful for Ivan's fate, Tania embarks on a harrowing journey, determined to preserve her dignity and find her son.

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