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Films from 2009-10  

Promises
Seven Palestinian and Israeli children dare to cross political and social boundaries...  Though the children live only 20 minutes apart, they exist in completely separate worlds; the physical, historical and emotional obstacles between them run deep.

We Homes Chaps
A unique Scottish Presbyterian home was founded by a missionary at the turn of the century in British India. It takes in orphans, mainly destitute Anglo-Indian children, and subsequently, children of Tibetan refugees and other Himalayan people in strife.

Contes Persans and The Dot (young audience) 
Art class is over, but Vashti is sitting glued to her chair in front of a blank piece of paper. The words of her teacher are a gentle invitation to express herself.

Daughters of the Dust
Set in 1902, a languid look at the Gullah culture of the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia where African folk-ways were maintained well into the 20th Century and was one of the last bastion of these mores in America.

Taare Zameen Par (for young audiences)

Ishaan Awasthi (Darsheel Safary) is an eight-year-old whose world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate; colors, fish, dogs and kites are just not important in the world of adults, who are much more interested in things like homework, marks and neatness. And Ishaan just cannot seem to get anything right in class.

When he gets into far more trouble than his parents can handle, he is packed off to a boarding school to be disciplined. Things are no different at his new school, and Ishaan has to contend with the added trauma of separation from his family.

Born into Brothels 

Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta, and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city's notorious red light district.

Still Life

The movie takes place amid the clatter and misery of the Three Gorges Dam, which cuts across the Yangtze in central China. The largest dam in the world...

Mardi Gras Made in China 

This examination of cultural and economic globalization follows the life cycle of Mardi Gras beads from a small factory in Fuzhou, China, to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and to art galleries in New York City

Kirikou  (young audience)

A small, African boy named Kirikou is born, walking and talking. A sorceress has dried the springs and devoured the males.  Kirikou journeys to the sorceress to confront...

Persepolis 

Poignant coming-of-age story of a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl that begins during the Islamic Revolution.

Organize Isler

Released in 2005, astounding shots of Istanbul, capturing the craziness and humor of 'organized' crime and unorganized society. 

Hable con Ella 

Two men share an odd friendship while they care for their girlfriends who are both in deep comas.

Viva Cuba  (80 min) (young audience... ages 7 and up)

Viva Cuba is a Cuban independent film that explores emigration and the effects it can have on children who have to leave friends and extended families behind.

Lost Son of Havana (102 min)

After 46 years in exile, former major league baseball star Luis Tiant returns to Cuba, where he encounters unexpected demons and receives unexpected gifts from his family.

Long Way from Home (82 min)

Three very capable girls enter 9th grade at top schools. There they confront worlds very different from the ones they come from.

Rights from the Heart (I & II) (80 mins)

Based on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of a Child, these short, nonverbal films engage even the youngest audience members in conversations about equity and diversity.    Funded by the National Film Board of Canada, these films address topics from the right to self-expression, homelessness, and racism with innovative and beautiful animation techniques.  Suitable for children age 5 and older. 

Stand Like Still Living and 5 Heroes of AIDS in Africa

A man and woman living in a San village in western Botswana buck the silence shrouding AIDS in their community.

We are Together

An uplifting documentary on the journey of South Africa's Agape Children's Choir

Madame Ti Zo

Madame Ti Zo, a midwife and herbal doctor, runs her own clinic in Jacmal, Haiti.

Eye of the Leopard  (young audience) 

 Dereck and Beverly Joubert follow the life of Legadema, a young leopard in the Mombo region of Botswana.

Baraka

An incredible silent film containing images of 24 countries from 6 continents.

FLOW 

Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigates what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st century - the world water crisis.

Alethea 

Since 1989 the local Turkish community in Bergama, Turkey, has resisted an Australian and Canadian joint venture to mine gold with a cyanide leaching process.


 

Films from 2010-11  

 

October 21: Women, Families, and the Global Community

  • Lemon Tree, hosted by Paul & Pam Monheimer
  • A Lot in Common, hosted by Carter Latendresse
  • Girls Rock, hosted by Nance Leonhardt and Tiffany Kenaley
  • Babies, hosted by Ginny Malm & Mimi Tang  *suitable for young audiences

December 2: Immigration and Border-Crossing

  • Amreeka, hosts Ann Fyfield and Jessica Marlitt (suitable for grades 5 and up)
  • The Wedding Banquet, hosted by Brett Mathes & seniors in the Queer Lit. Elective
  • Jornaleros, hosted by Lauren Reggero-Toledano (in Gerlinger Auditorium)
  • Eve and the Fire Horse, hosted by Beining Hu (suitable for young audiences)

 January 27: Diversity - Challenging our Assumptions

Friday February 25: Sustainability

April 14: Comings & Goings - films that connect us to our global ambassadors
My Football Summer, hosted by LiLing Cheng and Paul Andrichuk
Miss HIVhosted by students traveling to Botswana, Richard Kassessieh & Aline Garcia-Rubio
Princes and Princesses, hosted by Nance Leonhardt, Maggie Bendicksen, and Lisa Ellenberg *suitable for young audiences

 

 


 

Films from 2011-12

April 20: Global Health

Show Peace, Canada, young audience, host: Nance Leonhardt

Link: The North Korea Crisis, The Documentary:  Korean refugee crisis, Local 'Nomads' from the organization host this film

October 21: Schooling across the Globe

*Double Feature for Younger Audiences!!

*Tale Spinners, Canada, AA - Host: Lisa Ellenberg

*Please Vote for Me, China, AA - Hosts: Li-Ling Cheng, Beining Hu, Janet Chiu

The Finland Phenomenon, USA / Finland OS & A - Host: Karen Talus


December 2: Women, Families, and the Global Community

Santa Claus in Baghdad, and Sharq Iraq, AA - Host: Herb Jahncke

Sita Sings the Blues, USA / India AA - Host: Mariam Higgins AND

Namrata India / Canada, OS & A - Host: Lark Palma & Feminist Studies Class


 January 27: Diversity - Challenging our Assumptions

 Azur & Asmar: The Princes' QuestFrance, YA - Host: Spencer White 

The Iron Ladies, Thailand, AA  - Host: Mary Warren Foulk  & SAFE Representatives (US Students!)


 February 24: Sustainability 

Man vs. Volcano, USA / Congo, hosts David Zonana and Ginia King, adult audience

Everlasting Moments, Taiwan, host Li Ling Cheng, adult audience