International Film Series 

The entire community is invited to participate in the 4th Annual BVW International Film Series. For 2020, the film series will be going virtual.

2020 Theme: Through the Eyes  of Women: Movies with a Female Director

*All showings will be streamed. There is NO CHARGE, but you must register in advance to receive the appropriate link for the movie and Zoom discussion.

Finland, 2013

Available Oct. 12-18

October 18th, 6 p.m. Zoom Discussion

 

Concrete Night [Betoniyö] (dir. Pirjo Konkasalo, Finland, 2013, Finnish language with English subtitles, 96 min.) Discussion lead by Mikko Tuhkanen, Dept. of English.

Synopsis: A stunning, dream-like odyssey through a beautiful and otherworldly Helsinki over the course of one evening, Concrete Night follows the impressionable 14-year-old Simo as he keeps his soon-to-be incarcerated brother company. The official Finnish submission to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film captures the surreal pain and joy of youth through exquisite, eye-popping black-and-white cinematography.

 

 

 

 

Ghana/US, 2016

Available Oct. 19-25

October 25th, 6 p.m. Zoom Discussion

 

Nakom (dir. Daniela Norris & T.W. Pittman, Ghana/US, 2016, Kusaal language with English subtitles, 90 min.) Discussion lead by David Donkor, Dept. of Performance Studies.

Synopsis: Set in present-day Ghana, Nakom follows a talented medical student who is summoned home by his sister after their father’s sudden death. As he grapples with tradition and familial duty, he is met with varying shades of contempt by both family and villagers who compare him with his father.

 

 

 

 

 

Brazil. 2011

Available Oct. 26- Nov. 1

November 1, 6 p.m. Zoom Discussion

 

Found Memories [Histórias que Só Existem Quando Lembradas] (dir. Júlia Murat, Brazil, 2011, Portuguese language with English subtitles, 97 min.) Discussion lead by Antonio La Pastina, Dept. of Communication.

Synopsis: Every morning, Madalena makes bread for Antonio’s old coffee shop, crosses the railroad tracks where no trains have passed for years, cleans up the gate of the cemetery, and listens to the priest’s sermon before sharing lunch with the other old villagers. Life here in Jotuomba proceeds as it has for decades, seemingly unchanged by time, until one day, when a young photographer arrives, intent on capturing the magic of this little village.

 

 

 

 

Israel/France. 2016

Available Nov. 2-8

November 8, 6 p.m. Zoom Discussion

 

 In Between [Bar Bahar / Lo Po, Lo Sham ] (dir. Maysaloun Hamoud, Israel/France, 2016, Hebrew/Arabic languages with English subtitles, 103 min.) Discussion lead by Nava Dushi, Lynn University.

Synopsis:  Maysaloun Hamoud’s remarkable debut feature follows three independent-minded Palestinian women who share an apartment in Tel Aviv. Away from the constraints of their families and tradition, they find themselves “in between” the free and unfettered lives they are aspiring to lead and the restrictions still imposed on them by society. Eventually, a shocking series of events will push these brave women to the limits and change their lives forever, while also sealing their bond of friendship.

 

Discussion leader is Dr. Nava Dushi.  Dr. Dushi is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at Lynn University in Florida. She focuses on national and transnational cinema, Israeli cinema and culture, minor cinemas, critical theory, and cinema and philosophy.

 

Special thanks to these co-sponsors:

Please email us with any questions at contactus[at]brazosvalleyworldfest.org.

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